One of the greatest characters in the history of film is King Kong, and after over a decade absence, the eighth wonder of the world will see his return next year. After being announced at Comic-Con a few years ago, Jordan Vogt-Roberts has wrapped production on upcoming reboot, titled Kong: Skull Island. Skull Island isn’t just a reboot, it will also serve as the second installment in Legendary and Warner Bros.’ Godzilla and King Kong shared universe, with Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla being the first. But before we get to far ahead with their monster mash-up, let’s take a step back and talk a little bit about Skull Island.
When Skull Island was first announced, the hype wasn’t as big as expected, especially compared to where it is now. And that is mainly due to the cast that has been assembled. Tom Hiddleston leads the uber talented cast, and while speaking with Entertainment Weekly about how excited he is about the project, he said the following:
Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who directed it, had this extraordinary idea, I don’t want to spoil too much because I kind of want people to see the trailer and go “oh, okay”…but it’s a whole new re-conception 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.
While I’ve been excited from the beginning about this project, in talking with a number of others, it seems like the majority of fans are just “eh” about it. But in the same conversation, it’s that cast I spoke of above that will be getting them to the theater. Like I said, I’ve been pretty excited about this from the get-go, but the cast is definitely an extra-awesome bonus. Alongside Hiddleston as the lead, we’ll see now Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Thomas Mann, John C. Reilly, Tobey Kebbell, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, and John Ortiz. Now THAT’S a cast. Now I can see why everyone is being sold on this movie just by the names involved.
There is definitely quite a bit to be excited about here, especially after Hiddleston’s comments. Sure, actors and actresses are pretty much contractually obligated to support their movies, but for some reason I genially believe Hiddleston whenever he says anything about his movies. The dude is just awesome. Kong: Skull Island hits theaters on March 10th, 2017, which will lead into the Godzilla/King Kong crossover set for 2020.