Whiplash actor JK Simmons will be heading to Skull Island in 2017 for the new King Kong movie and he’s been doing a little talking about where the movie – or part of it – will take place.
Speaking to MTV, Simmons has said the movie will take place in Detroit, 1971, as well as the mythological Skull Island, and filming will be actually taking place in Detroit: “When it first came to my attention, ‘There’s interest in you for a new ‘King Kong,’ I thought, ‘Okay… Why?’” Simmons explains, “But then I met with Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who’s going to be directing it and John Gatins, who’s writing and Tom [Hiddleston]. Jordan was just so passionate and so smart. It’s such an intersting, new take on it. It’s set in Detroit in 1971, which is where I grew up. We’re going to shoot it in Detroit during baseball season, so I’ll be able to go to Tigers games! There’s a lot to like about this movie!”
So it looks like Simmons is happy to be a part for a few reasons.
It’s also worth noting that Micheal Keaton is rumoured to be heading to the Island too, but we’ll have more than that as we get it.
Set for release on March 10, 2017, Kong: Skull Island aims to fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island. Legendary’s story honors the foundations of existing King Kong lore, but places it in an entirely new, distinct timeline.
Thomas Tull (Godzilla, The Dark Knight, Pacific Rim) and Jon Jashni (Godzilla, Warcraft) will produce and Alex Garcia (Godzilla) will executive produce. The film will be released in 3D and IMAX 3D by Universal Pictures .