Legendary is developing a Skull Island movie, better known as the home of King Kong.
CEO of Legendary Thomas Tull capped off their Comic-Con panel with a never-before-announced-movie, Skull Island. The footage was of dense jungle that showcased obscured animals as the camera continued to pass over, going deeper into the island where it approached a skull-shaped rock formation. Something began to stir the surroundings as the silhouette of a giant ape — King Kong himself — was revealed, beat his chest and let out a giant roar. The footage than cut to a title card that read: “Legendary’s Skull Island”
The island gets it’s name from it’s skull-like rock formation and is home to many other prehistoric creatures that have been untouched by time, and humankind. The original King Kong was released in 1933 and its island-setting has been the subject of many subsequent films, both sequels and remakes, for years. Skull Island appears to be a movie about King Kong without being a remake.
It was definitely a surprise teaser for those in attendance at Hall H. The last time we saw King Kong was in Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake. How much of a role King Kong will play in Skull Island is still unknown, but judging from the footage, chances are good he will definitely be present. Legendary may potentially be treating this property as the launching pad for a whole “universe” of giant monster films. Universal is already tampering with the idea creating a classic monster universe, and of course, there’s Marvel’s MCU, which started the present-day frenzy of interconnected blockbusters.
Legendary said in a statement:
“Previous works have touched on the island, but staying and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions,”
During the same panel, Legendary announced they will be making Godzilla 2 with director Gareth Edwards. Could this mean we might see Godzilla and King Kong battle it out once again? Toho once had the two giants duke it out back in 1962. The prospect is incredibly enticing but it will be some years before it may happen.
Skull Island is slated for release on November 4, 2016.
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