Legendary Offers KING KONG Origin Story SKULL ISLAND to ATTACK THE BLOCK Director Joe Cornish; GODZILLA Writer Max Borenstein on Board

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Legendary Pictures surprised Comic-Con 2012 audiences with Godzilla test footage.  The studio tapped fresh face Gareth Edwards to reboot Godzilla with just one small sci-fi feature, Monsters, on his resume.  As of this writing, Godzilla has earned almost $500 million worldwide, so Legendary is understandably motivated to follow the same template for its next reclamation project, Skull Island.  Legendary brought a stealth teaser for the King Kong revival to Comic-Con 2014.  Now Deadline reports the studio wants Joe Cornish—whose sole feature credit is the wonderful alien invasion thriller Attack the Block—to direct Skull Island.  Deadline is not sure Cornish will accept the offer.  The director apparently fields many offers, including the MI6 spy thriller Section 6.  I am very excited to see Cornish’s next feature whether or not it’s Skull Island, so best of luck to Legendary in getting their man.

Additionally, Deadline’s report states Godzilla writer Max Borenstein will pen the Skull Island script.  Who better to recreate Godzilla‘s success and serve as the bridge to Legendary’s inevitable King Kong vs. Godzilla remake?




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  • DoremusJessup

    King Kong vs. Godzilla remake? I wish haha but I dunno, they made the biggest Godzilla of all time.

    • http://twitter.com/colliderbrendan Brendan Bettinger

      They can make the biggest King Kong of all time.

      • appolox

        Yeah but how would King Kong get to be as big as the new Godzilla?

      • Tom.

        Protein.

      • http://twitter.com/colliderbrendan Brendan Bettinger

        This is how I would do it:
        http://imgur.com/IoXErjM

      • Doug

        Soma berries!

    • lord jim

      actually i´d rather like to see godzilla versus the 500 feet woman played by eva green in a swimsuit.add christopher walken as a mad scientist with john carpenter directing (with a budget this time) and composing and it would be the best movie ever made.and i´m serious about this.

  • Batt Damon

    I’m surprised that Peter Jackson isn’t directing it. I was kinda hoping for a King Kong Prequel spread into twelve three-hour films.

    • John

      Said no one ever. Cornish is a decent choice though

      • BrettNight

        You must not understand sarcasm

    • RyGuy

      Yeah, and Jackson is one of the directors Legendary wanted to work with.

  • Harry

    Has no one acknowledged the fact that King Kong vs. Godzilla can’t happen? Universal owns Kong, Warner Bros. made Godzilla. The only reason Legendary can make Skull Island is they made the shift to Universal.

    • Agent777

      Universal will turn tricks for money. Kong’s not their own property anyways, they own it now, but thats it.

    • lord jim

      what kind of fact ist that?warner bros does not own godzilla, so why can´t it happen?it happened before.

      • RyGuy

        Yes but Godzilla is 300 feet tall. At most, they could make Kong 50 feet. Not much of a fight to be had there.

    • lord jim

      what kind of fact ist that?warner bros does not own godzilla, so why can´t it happen?it happened before.

  • Strong Enough

    they are really calling it skull island? hope they change it.

    • RyGuy

      Yeah. How about Kong: King of Skull Island?

    • Tim

      I like it. I hope that it goes into the other mysterious and strange creatures on Skull Island. I always wondered why they took a giant ape, when there were also dinosaurs on the island. I mean giant apes are cool and all, but DINOSAURS! They are extinct!

  • Strong Enough

    Donkey Kong > King Kong

  • MJ

    “whose sole feature credit is the wonderful alien invasion thriller Attack the Block”

    LOL. Yea, right. One of the most overated movies in recent memory.

    • Doug

      I’d rather with 10 more Cornish films than one more of Gareth Edwards’.

      • lord jim

        edwards is a good director, cornish is not.what the hell was bad about godzilla´s direction?

      • MJ

        Agreed. Edwards is proven. Cornish is a spoiled little rich kid from England who made one mediocre movie.

      • Doug

        Ugh, proven to be a bad director. Godzilla was awful. Also, Monsters.

      • MJ

        Nope. Godz was the only movie I have paid to see more than twice this year. Outstanding fllm. Best reboot since Trek 2009.

      • Doug

        Well, I don’t like the Trek reboot either. Movies I enjoyed more that Godzilla this year: The Lego Movie, Days of Future Past, Dawn of the PotA, Winter Soldier, and The Wind Rises.

      • Eskay

        Godzilla has been the best movie of the year to date. Just say no to drugs.

  • RyGuy

    Joe Cornish? What about Peter Jackson?

    • Tim

      He had his chance, and came out with a dragged out three hour film that only about half of it was any good, the other half was boring. Also, it had Jack Black in it.

      • RyGuy

        So?

      • Tim

        So he had his chance, and it didn’t work, so they are going with some one else. Not that hard to understand.

      • Agent777

        It made alot of money and did well with the critics… it did all these things WHILE being 3 hours long; it was a hit. That’s what’s hard to understand.

      • MJ

        I agree completely. Get this “comedian” away from this movie please….

      • RyGuy

        How could Legendary resist working with Jackson? He IS one of the directors they’ve been wanting to work with.

      • Agent777

        “Also I was really jealous I didn’t make it” – Tim

      • RyGuy

        What was wrong with that?

      • MJ

        Yea, I should have made it — I am a film god! – Tim

    • Vulcan

      Peter Jackson was probably not interested. He told his version of the story.

      • RyGuy

        He could at least produce it.

      • lord jim

        yeah great idea!a guy who isn´t interested because he´s done it before should produce..what did you smoke?

      • RyGuy

        Not the shit you’re smoking. I’l tell you that. If it’s a prequel to HIS movie, then…

      • Guest

        Peter Jackson didn’t want to do The Hobbit movies either, and look how they are turning out.

      • RyGuy

        Thank you. Someone who gets it.

  • RyGuy

    Universal isn’t involved in the production? This article didn’t mention them once and they own the rights. Don’t they?

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    • Person who Helps

      Yeah, so you are a incoherent, rambling conspiracy theorist. I just looked at all of your latest comments, you make absolutely no sense. Please go back to therapy or elementary school.

    • MJ

      …and all around jackass know-it-all; legend in his own mind.

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  • MoviesAreForever88

    You lost me at “Max Borenstein is on board”.

    That guy is a hack.

    • RyGuy

      Agreed. Godzilla would have been excellent if the screenplay was anywhere near decent.

      • MoviesAreForever88

        Truly. I feel like I’m in a minority of people who absolutely hated that movie simply because the writing was so terrible.

        …can’t believe they would give him skull island. Which, by the way, could be so awesome if they took it seriously (with good writers and a good director). It needs to be very dark and very much an adventure story gone horribly wrong, I’m totally up for seeing the story that Andy Serkis’s character talks about aboard the ship in King Kong…and ending with the guy getting picked up by a passing vessel with Andy Serkis on it.

        They just need to get the casting right this time. Jack Black goes down in history as one of the worst casting choices ever for Carl Denham.

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  • RyGuy

    So the movie is called Skull Island? Let’s hope we actually see more than 15 minutes of it.

  • Nancy

    What can they possibly put in this that won’t feel like a subpar product to Jackson’s movie? There was more than enough time spent on Skull Island there.

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