Legendary to Revive King Kong with SKULL ISLAND on November 4, 2016; Reveals Teaser at Comic-Con

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A couple of years ago, Legendary Pictures surprised audiences at San Diego Comic-Con by revealing test footage of director Gareth EdwardsGodzilla.  The fan reaction to that surprise was a significant factor in Legendary and Warner Bros.’ decision to greenlight the film, and during the Legendary panel at Comic-Con earlier today, the studio didn’t leave without one more surprise.  Some fans were expecting a peek at Jurassic World, though given that Legendary isn’t the primary studio on that film it seemed unlikely.  Instead, we were shown an ominous teaser that concluded with the reveal of King Kong himself and the title Skull Island, which the studio intends to release in theaters on November 4, 2016.  More after the jump.

king kong skull islandNow that Legendary is housed at Universal Pictures—home of the monsters—it appears that CEO Thomas Tull is keen on reviving the classic ape King Kong.  The Skull Island teaser was incredibly brief, but it opened with a pan over a violent, storm-entrenched ocean while an ominous passage was read through narration.  The camera then found an isolated island, also entrenched in storm, and as we crossed through the untouched trees, bypassed swinging monkeys, and flew with wild birds, we finally came upon Kong himself standing tall and pounding his chest.

The audience reaction was almost one of disappointment, since they were expecting Jurassic World and seemed to believe that the island/ocean footage was leading up to a dinosaur reveal (even though the footage looked nothing like Jurassic Park).  I thought the teaser was great, and I’m in seeing Legendary bring a new King Kong movie to the screen.  Moreover, since Guillermo del Toro is a frequent collaborator of the studio, I’d say it’s possible he could produce or at least provide input on the pic.

It’s a shame that the Hall H audience was thinking “Jurassic World” the entire time the footage was playing, as I think the response would have been more enthusiastic without those expectations.  Regardless, Legendary announced that it is definitely making the film, and I’m really curious to see what kind of filmmaker they bring aboard to re-envision King Kong.  With the release date only a couple of years away, I’d imagine they already have a pretty impressive shortlist in mind.




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  • MJ

    Why ???

    • Morgo

      Because they can, obviously.

    • Agent777

      Gorillas and dinosaurs are cool. Real question is, why not?

    • Math

      Money… lots and lots of money

  • Cale

    YAY!!!

  • Oliver Queen

    YYYYEEESSSS It’s about time, i love the 2005 film and Skull Island is an awesome title, i’m glad they’re probably gonna explore more of the origins and the island itself. Then maybe just maybe (not gonna happen)…. Godzilla v Kong: Dawn of Monsters XD LET THEM FIGHT!!!!

    • Neo Racer

      How about we give you some plastic toys of the monsters and you can let em fight, in your bedroom?

      • Agent777

        What exactly is you point? What type of escapist films do YOU watch? I Robot? Battlefield Earth? Things with Tom Cruise or Keeanu Reeves?

      • Agent777

        What exactly is you point? What type of escapist films do YOU watch? I Robot? Battlefield Earth? Things with Tom Cruise or Keeanu Reeves?

    • Agent777

      I think it’s going to happen. The planets are aligned as they have never been before. They could even have Gorosaurus and a few other Kaiju on Skull Island.

    • RyGuy

      Or just Kong v Godzilla.

  • GrimReaper07

    ANOTHER King Kong movie? So fast? Why?

    • Neo Racer

      Noooooooooooo you don’t understand, the audience has been biting its nails for a reboot of a remake of a reboot since the last one!!!

    • DavidisALLright

      So fast? It’s been 10 years since Jackson’s. If you meant another reboot, then I can see what you’re coming from.

      • GrimReaper07

        10 years is a very short time for a King Kong remake lol.

      • GrimReaper07

        10 years is a very short time for a King Kong remake lol.

    • DavidisALLright

      So fast? It’s been 10 years since Jackson’s. If you meant another reboot, then I can see what you’re coming from.

  • RiddleThemThis

    Godzilla vs King Kong seems like the best way to follow up Godzilla 2.

    • Norrtron

      Wouldn’t Godzilla just nuke his ass? Short fight.

      • RiddleThemThis

        Depends on their take on King Kong. In Toho’s version of the film King Kong was scaled up greatly so that he could stand a chance against Godzilla.

  • Agent777

    I think this is set up for Godzilla 3. If it’s to be a trilogy.. why not remake the Godzilla movie that grossed the most in Japan. 2 is going to be a remake of Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster, which is the most popular one in Japan.

    Toho’s goal is to use this series to build Godzilla’s popularity abroad, and more importantly, at home, so that they can relaunch the series when Legendary is done. So I am calling that Godzilla 3 is going to be King Kong vs. Godzilla.

  • Agent777

    I think this is set up for Godzilla 3. If it’s to be a trilogy.. why not remake the Godzilla movie that grossed the most in Japan. 2 is going to be a remake of Ghidorah the Three Headed Monster, which is the most popular one in Japan.

    Toho’s goal is to use this series to build Godzilla’s popularity abroad, and more importantly, at home, so that they can relaunch the series when Legendary is done. So I am calling that Godzilla 3 is going to be King Kong vs. Godzilla.

    • Brian James

      Please let us stop talking about Kong and the Big G in the
      same film… unless…

      George R.R. Martin always uses the quote about the human
      heart in conflict with itself. Well this is an idea that can be applied
      to Kong.

      First, we have Caesar getting on some sort of space ship and
      (no explanation needed) going back in time to Skull Island. There, he
      suddenly grows to 50 feet tall, and swims to Hollywood. After reigning
      hell on the entire town for every single retread that has come out of the
      studio in recent years, he sheds the Kong “costume” completely,
      turning into a very upset Andy Serkis. Andy Serkis then proceeds to
      scream at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences for at least an hour of screentime, about how they have yet to give him an award for mo-capping the best Apes in history, let alone that distorted Hobbit he is known for. He then stomps around a little more, breaching the fourth wall completely, asking the viewers a few times if the movie has eaten up as much screentime as Jacksons Kong did. Of course, he then remembers that 05 Kong isn’t even a sin compared to how many hours the Hobbit movies ate up.

      Gollum vs Kong vs Caesar. Now we are talking.

      Call the movie “Andy Serkis vs Himself”, and suddenly we have a film! Godzilla will have 1 cameo appearance late into the movie, snacking on popcorn (with his sunglasses on), and watching all of the chaos come to it’s inevitable conclusion. His one line.. “Oh, he showed up on set, but he sure didn’t play ME”.

      B

      p.s. The sequel has Christopher Lambert appearing out of
      nowhere (unsure whether he came from the dawn of time or planet Zeist), quoting lines from Greystoke, and beheading poor Andy, since there can be only one Lord of the Apes.

      • Agent777

        You do realize that there is a King Kong Vs. Godzilla already… and has been since 1962?

      • Brian James

        No, I had no idea.

        Actually both Toho Kong films are hilarious, especially King Kong Escapes. The only redeeming feature of King Kong vs. Godzilla was Ifukube’s music.

  • Tom.

    Thomas Tull, Guillermo Del Toro and Gareth Edwards all know what we want to see. :)

  • Tom.

    Thomas Tull, Guillermo Del Toro and Gareth Edwards all know what we want to see. :)

  • lord jim

    i hope it´s going back to it´s hoororfilm roots – the peter jackson remake was just too much overblown overlong hollywood cheese for my taste, and his king kong was just a big gorilla, while the original is still a dark mysterious brooding monster of a movie.

  • lord jim

    i hope it´s going back to it´s hoororfilm roots – the peter jackson remake was just too much overblown overlong hollywood cheese for my taste, and his king kong was just a big gorilla, while the original is still a dark mysterious brooding monster of a movie.

  • Giovanni Luis Jiminez

    My question is how did he look ? Like the 2005 Peter Jackson/ Andy Serkis version or a brand new design ? Im assuming the latter otherwise it would have to be a connected prequel of sorts.

  • Strong Enough

    The audience reaction was almost one of disappointment, since they were expecting Jurassic World and seemed to believe that the island/ocean footage was leading up to a dinosaur reveal

    LMaooo

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  • TheDeathStarsKeyFob

    Skull Island will be set in 30′s and Kong will be 20ft tall where as Godzilla is set in present day and Big G is 500 ft tall so the chances of a remake of the god awful 60′s KK v G are pretty small…Thank God!

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