Another feature film about the classic movie monster King Kong is on the way from Warner Bros. Pictures and director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) in the form of Kong: Skull Island, a new franchise feature that will be followed by two tie-in movie events (namely Godzilla 2 and Godzilla vs. Kong). Vogt-Roberts’ new film is set to offer a “reconception of the mythology” from the current King Kong filmography, and will feature Tom Hiddleston (Crimson Peak), Brie Larson (Room), Samuel L. Jackson (The Hateful Eight), and John C. Reilly (Guardians of the Galaxy) in leading roles.
Ahead of the film’s theatrical release in March 2017, viewers have already been offered a first look via an MTV exclusive sneak peek, plus the recent reveal that actor Toby Kebbell (Warcraft) will be providing all of the Kong facial references for Kong: Skull Island. Beyond that there has been little more to be gleaned about the forthcoming motion picture, but the latest word from CineEurope in Barcelona has given us the first idea of just how big Kong will be.
According to THR, word from the floor of CineEurope on day one has it that Vogt-Roberts’ Kong will strike quite the imposing figure against the rest of the film’s human cast, with the model for the giant ape coming in at 100 feet. Amid a selection of set images that also include shots of co-stars Hiddleston, Larson, Jackson, and Reilly in action, Vogt-Roberts was also quick to comment on the making of the eponymous beast of Kong: Skull Island, stating, “This is going to be the biggest Kong there’s ever been. Not 10 foot or 30 foot, but a 100-foot ape.”
Following noted genre filmmaker Peter Jackson’s King Kong remake from 2005, Vogt-Roberts appears determined to outdo Jackson when it comes to the size of his own Kong in Skull Island. Of course, the new height may have something to do with the fact that the giant ape will eventually need to battle with the latest incarnation of Godzilla, who stands at a staggering height of 350 feet. Size isn’t everything, but Kong will need some serious fighting skills if he’s to compete with Godzilla’s mass.
Fans of the original 1933 film directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack will likely have a lot of expectations and baggage to bring to bear against the making of Kong: Skull Island, which sets the stage for a movie event that will have a fair amount of pre-existing history to live up to and reimagine accordingly. Vogt-Roberts might believe that his will be the “biggest Kong there’s ever been,” but here’s hoping that his is also the best Kong there’s ever been.
Kong: Skull Island will see theatrical release in the U.S. on March 10, 2017, followed by Godzilla 2 on March 22, 2019, and Godzilla vs. Kong on May 29, 2020.