Details of the upcoming KONG: SKULL ISLAND have been kept mostly under wraps for a while, but that’s all about to change… to begin with, Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures have just launched the first trailer for the film, which will reportedly delve into the origin story of the legendary movie monster.
With Jordan Vogt-Roberts (THE KINGS OF SUMMER) in the director’s chair, SKULL ISLAND is apparently not an “official” sequel to Peter Jackson’s big-budget remake, which was set in the 1930s in homage to the original classic. But while the new film is set in the 1970s (possibly a nod to the 1976 version), it will also explore the prehistoric origins of the Kong mythos — an aspect which has never been fully explored in a big-studio KONG project.
Shot on location across three continents over six months, the film also boasts a top-tier cast — including Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly.
Kong himself will be brought to life by famed ILM Studios and Oscar-winning FX guru Stephen Rosenbaum… and from the looks (and holy-crap size) of him, it’s clear he’s being groomed for the same studio’s planned monster match-up GODZILLA VS. KONG [which we discussed in this article].
KONG: SKULL ISLAND hits theaters on March 10, 2017, but Comic-Con attendees got a sneak peek via the first official trailer, which is now available here, and looks like an epic hybrid of kaiju-style monster flick and APOCALYPSE NOW.