The latest incarnation of King Kong, Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ Kong: Skull Island is headed our way and we finally get a sneak peek!
Entertainment Weekly has released a still from the forthcoming movie, which stars Tom Hiddleston and Oscar winner Brie Larson, seen above walking warily past a skull and other bones. A very, very large skull!
Vogt-Roberts shot the film in a short sharp 75 days, across Hawaii, Australia and Vietnam.
Of his creatures he says, “From the size of the skull, you can tell that things on this island are much bigger than audiences are used to with traditional Kong lore.” He went on to add, “Our Kong is by far the biggest Kong that you’ve seen on screen, and that translates to a lot of different things on the island.”
So by the sounds of it, not only will the ape be bigger than ever, but so will everything else.
Vogt-Roberts spent a lot of time studying his Kong mythology, looking at the earlier films which start with the original 1933 classic starring Fay Wray, and the further six films, including King Kong Vs Godzilla and the latest adaptation back in 2005 directed by Peter Jackson. Of his Kong, Vogt-Roberts said his is much larger than the 50ft version we remember from atop the Empire State Building. He went on to explain: “The film takes place in the ’70s, [and that] was a time where it was believable that we could still be confronted with myth. And there was still unknown in the world.”
Taking some real life events from the start of the decade when NASA launched a satellite program, later known as LANDSAT, in Skull Island, the mysterious hitherto unknown island is detected and that leads the characters to go on the expedition to find out more.
British actor Hiddleston plays an ex-British SAS tracker, and Larson is a war photographer, who we are told has “seen all sorts of terrible, terrible things.”
While Vogt-Roberts was not giving away any further details, he did want it known that they were very much NOT telling what he called the “beauty and the beast version of the story”. He did add that he finds the others classic films even adding Peter’s (Jackson) version is a great retelling of the 1933 film.
Kong: Skull Island is more about the mythology of where Kong hails from. It’s the story of the island more so than the creatures that live there. Vogt-Roberts explained further how his thinking about the Kong story differs: “The thing that most interested me was, how big do you need to make [Kong], so that when someone lands on this island and doesn’t believe in the idea of myth, the idea of wonder – when we live in a world of social and civil unrest, and everything is crumbling around us, and technology and facts are taking over – how big does this creature need to be, so that when you stand on the ground and you look up at it, the only thing that can go through your mind is: ‘That’s a god.’”
The answer to his question was “You will see when we drop a trailer.”
The Kong: Skull Island cast are set to appear at San Diego Comic Con next week, and 4YE will be there to cover all the exciting news from this much anticipated film, which is due to be released in cinemas March 10th 2017.