Kong: Skull Island is a movie that I have been quietly observing for some time. My excitement for the film had been steadily growing, as an impressive cast was being assembled. The cast includes the actors, Tom Hiddleston, J.K Simmons and Michael Keaton… or, as it turned out today… not.
Today it was announced that both J.K Simmons and Michael Keaton were leaving the project, due to scheduling conflicts. It is worth noting that this does not sound like actors trying to escape a sinking movie. The film was scheduled to begin shooting in the fall, but it had to be delayed for a number of weeks. This meant that Simmons and Keaton had to decide which project to focus on, and Skull Island lost out.
Very little is actually known about the plot of the film. We know it is set in Detroit in 1971 and, presumably, Kong’s homeland. Also, due to the fact that the same team that made Godzilla produces this, there are rumours (though only rumours) that this may lead to some form of King Kong vs. Godzilla film.
Personally, I am disappointed in this news, but I will have to see whom they will replace Simmons and Keaton with before I can fully make up my mind.