We’ve seen the trailer, but we’ve yet to see the monster himself, until now. The new King Kong has been revealed. Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, Warner Bros. has officially given us our first look at star of their upcoming, highly-anticipated reboot, Kong: Skull Island. Directed by Jordon Vogt-Roberts of the indie hit Kings of Summer, Skull Island stars Tom Hiddleston as a British Special Forces veteran and Brie Larson as a war photographer who are part of a group that crosses path with mythic creature while venturing deep into Skull Island.
While the image may look like any normal pissed off gorilla, this version of Kong is far from that. Along with the image, EW was able to sit down with Vogt-Roberts, where the director talked about his approach and how he wanted to leave a God-like impression:
“I had a mandate that I wanted a kid to be able to doodle him on the back of a piece of homework and for his shapes to be simple and hopefully iconic enough that, like, a third grader could draw that shape and you would know what it is. A big part of our Kong was I wanted to make something that gave the impression that he was a lonely God, he was a morose figure, lumbering around this island.
We sort of went back to the 1933 version in the sense that he’s a bipedal creature that walks in an upright position, as opposed to the anthropomorphic, anatomically correct silverback gorilla that walks on all fours. Our Kong was intended to say, like, this isn’t just a big gorilla or a big monkey. This is something that is its own species. It has its own set of rules, so we can do what we want and we really wanted to pay homage to what came before…and yet do something completely different.”
That’s quite a different approach to the character than we’ve ever seen on film, far different from the most recent version by Peter Jackson. While Jackson’s film was a critical hit and loved by many fans across the world, Vogt-Roberts explained that he wants to give something much different than Jackson’s version and play close to the myth of 1933s original:
“I wanted to tell a movie about what happens when people are re-confronted with myths and put back into the food chain and how that makes them react and behave and I think that Kong is a myth that we have been telling now, so if you’re going to re-engage with that myth I think it’s important on a larger scale, but also on a franchise scale that you make it [a new myth]. Every other Kong movie for the most part has essentially been — yeah, there’s been Son of Kong and King Kong Lives and things like that — but the main sort of Kong stories throughout time have been remakes of the same beauty and the beast story, and this movie is not the beauty and the beast story. It’s sort of fundamentally a new telling within some of the mythos of this world and some of the imagery and ideas within this world.”
One of the bigger things that came out of Gareth Edwards’ highly-loved Godzilla was how much the monster was hidden, the Jaws effect if you will. Much of the conversation has been whether or not the Godzilla/King Kong universe will use that trend until their ultimate showdown in a few years. Don’t worry, Vogt-Roberts reveled the good news, Skull Island won’t be using that technique:
“We’re also fundamentally not playing the same game that Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla did and most monster movies do, which I’m sort of sick of the notion that a monster movie needs to wait an hour or 40 minutes until the creature shows up. Kong traditionally does not show up in these movies until very, very late, and the monster traditionally does not show up until very, very late in a monster movie, so a lot of these movies tend to have this structure that’s a bit of a slow burn. Something about this movie made me want to reject that and play a very, very different game.”
If anything came out of this fantastic interview, it’s that this highly-atniciapted reboot will hit the ground running from the very beginning. The trailer let us all know that the action with me amped up as much as possible, and now that we know we won’t have to wait long to see any kind Kong business, it just adds to the excitement around Skull Island. And, with all these new goodies popping out this week, expect to see a new, much more filled trailer some time soon. Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ Kong: Skull Island hits theaters March 10th, 2017 and stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Toby Kebbel, John C. Reilly, Thomas Mann, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, and John Ortiz.