One of the things I’m so happy we worked out is our ongoing screening series with IMAX. If you’ve been reading the site over the past year, you’ve probably noticed that almost every month we show something in IMAX and after the screening offer a Q&A with someone involved in the production of the movie. Last week, we held an early screening of Kong: Skull Island with Jason Mitchell and Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. In the video above you can watch some of the highlights from the Q&A, which includes how they got involved in the project and what it was like for Vogt-Roberts to make his first big-budget studio movie. To watch the entire conversation click over to our friends at Comic Con HQ.
If you’re not familiar with Kong: Skull Island, the film takes place in 1973 in the midst of the Vietnam War, and features a disparate group of people exploring Skull Island—from Samuel L. Jackson’s military commander to Brie Larson’s photojournalist. The film also stars Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman, John C. Reilly, Jason Mitchell, Toby Kebbell, Tian Jing, Corey Hawkins, John Ortiz, Thomas Mann, Shea Whigham, and Eugene Cordero. I’ve seen the film and am happy to report it’s a fantastic ride. Unlike Godzilla, Kong is all over this film and the way Vogt-Roberts has collaborated with cinematographer Larry Fong is exceptional. You want to see this film on the biggest screen possible.
Here’s the official synopsis for Kong: Skull Island:
The producers of Godzilla reimagine the origins of one the most powerful monster myths of all in “Kong: Skull Island.” This compelling, original adventure tells the story of a diverse team of scientists, soldiers and adventurers uniting to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific, as dangerous as it is beautiful. Cut off from everything they know, the team ventures into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature. As their mission of discovery becomes one of survival, they must fight to escape a primal Eden in which humanity does not belong.