Well, here he is… the all new version of King Kong and boy, he looks like he’s, as my mum would say, in bad fettle.
Yes, the new Kong will be seen in next year’s Skull Island and, thanks to EW, we finally have our first peak at him and, much to our shock and dismay, he’s still a big, big Ape. Or ‘monster ape’ as the case is here.
Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts says: “With Kong, there’s been obviously so many different versions of him in the past and ours needed to feel unique to our film. I had a mandate that I wanted a kid to be able to doodle him on the back of a piece of homework and for his shapes to be simple and hopefully iconic enough that, like, a third grader could draw that shape and you would know what it is. A big part of our Kong was I wanted to make something that gave the impression that he was a lonely God, he was a morose figure, lumbering around this island.”
He seems to know exactly what he wants with this movie and how he’s going to reveal the monster [ape]: “We’re also fundamentally not playing the same game that Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla did and most monster movies do, which I’m sort of sick of the notion that a monster movie needs to wait an hour or 40 minutes until the creature shows up. Kong traditionally does not show up in these movies until very, very late, and the monster traditionally does not show up until very, very late in a monster movie, so a lot of these movies tend to have this structure that’s a bit of a slow burn. Something about this movie made me want to reject that and play a very, very different game.”
With the Legendary movies aiming to bring Godzilla and Kong together – please, please, please bring Pacific Rim in there too – we’re officially looking forward to this.
But are you? Let us know.
Skull Island stars Tom Hiddleson, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, Jing Tian, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, John Ortiz, Shea Whigham and Toby Kebbell.
Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Kong: Skull Island is scripted by John Gatins and Max Borenstein. Legendary’s John Jashni and Thomas Tull are producing alongside Mary Parent. Legendary has promised that the story will honor the foundations of existing King Kong lore, but will place Skull Island in an entirely new, distinct timeline.
Kong: Skull Island opens in theaters on March 10, 2017.