‘Jurassic World’ Writer Derek Connolly Books a Trip to ‘Kong: Skull Island’

     August 19, 2015


When you work on a movie that makes $1.6 billion at the global box office, you’re pretty much guaranteed to be getting more work in Hollywood. Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow is but the most recent evidence to that point, having landed the coveted director’s chair for Star Wars Episode IX which will close out the film series’ final (?) trilogy. ‘The Trevorrow Effect’ continues today with word of writing partner and Jurassic World co-screenwriter (one of four, five if we include the late Michael CrichtonDerek Connolly working on Legendary/Universal’s Kong: Skull Island.

As THR reports, Connolly will polish the Kong: Skull Island script before the film’s scheduled October production start. Previous drafts of the script were turned in by Max Borenstein (Godzilla), John Gatins (Flight) and Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler). Connolly’s first scripted feature was the indie sci-fi flick, Safety Not Guaranteed, also directed by Trevorrow. From there, he found monster success with Jurassic World and is signed on to draft that record-setting film’s inevitable sequel. He also worked on Chris Wedge’s animated action film Monster Trucks, which is currently in production. A future project – the sci-fi romantic comedy Intelligent Life – will team him up with Trevorrow once again.

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The King Kong sequel stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Corey Hawkins and will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The plot currently centers on a team of explorers who journey to the mysterious, exotic, and creature-filled title location that just happens to be the home of King Kong. There’s currently no word on just what Legendary/Universal are hoping Connolly will contribute to the film, but he’s obviously being brought on board to bring his particular take on creature features to the picture.  Kong: Skull Island will shoot in Hawaii, Vietnam, and Iceland, so expect some lush jungle locations, volcanoes, and fjords (fingers crossed for fjords).

Kong: Skull Island is due in theaters on March 10, 2017.


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