It’s been a whole 11 years since Peter Jackson remade King Kong. So therefore it’s time for a reboot. Don’t you just LOVE Hollywood logic?
Details on Kong: Skull Island are sketchy. Originally it was announced as a prequel, but JK Simmons was involved with the project up until recently, and he let slip that certain scenes were to have been set in the 1970s. Which is concerning when you consider the apocalyptically awful 1976 remake produced by Dino De Laurentiis when he was at the height of his schlockmeister era.
However, Tom Hiddleston, who’s been cast in an unnamed lead role, had this to say in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly:
“I don’t want to spoil too much, but it’s a whole new reconception of the mythology. It essentially follows a group of disparate travelers and explorers and soldiers who travel to an undiscovered island in the South Pacific. And it’s set in a time period where you could conceive that there are still undiscovered places on the Earth. What they find on the island is surprising, and then every character has a very different response to it. It’s going to be spectacular and epic, but also the human drama is kind of interesting as well.”
So on the plus side, it looks like it won’t be set in the 70s after all. Thank Loki. However, Legendary Pictures have stated that they want to link King Kong up with their other big monster franchise, the US version of Godzilla. Y’know, the one from two years ago that was all a bit Cloverfield? And set in the present day? As to how they’ll tie in a giant ape from the 1930s, I expect some sort of soap opera-level plot involving a medically-induced coma.
At least this’ll be spectacular. I mean, who wants a humdrum kitchen sink drama about a huge monkey?
Kong: Skull Island is slated for release on 10 March 2017.
Source: Games Radar