The Kaijus vs. Jaegers, Batman vs. Superman, Captain America vs. Iron Man; this decade has brought an impressive lineup of films about famous characters battling it out on the big screen. We can now add Godzilla vs. Kong to that list as Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros. Entertainment join forces to build a shared universe with the ultimate goal of an epic monster battle in Godzilla vs. Kong.
Before the two monsters can duke it out in 2020, though, both are getting additional standalone films, taking a page from Marvel’s sprawling universe. As Kong: Skull Island begins filming we now have more information about what Kong’s origin story will look like, with hints of the epic battle to come.
This film will reportedly take place in the 1970s and centers around a team of explorers led by Tom Hiddleston (Crimson Peak) as they travel deep into the treacherous Skull Island, encountering a whole lot more than just bones. Now new set photos have been released (via Reel Tour Hawaii) that feature – appropriately – a giant red skull, which likely belongs to one of Kong’s ancestors. In one image we can see a skull that looks largely intact, while in another a skull looks broken, with the jaw entirely detached. Both shots feature the lush Hawaiian landscape in the background. Check out the photos below.
They're not calling it Skull Island for nothing. pic.twitter.com/1Zmd0K82Te— Reel Tours Hawaii (@reeltourshawaii) October 11, 2015
Dug up another "Kong: Skull Island" set pic. Filming starts Monday! pic.twitter.com/Lcmc2xMA2e— Reel Tours Hawaii (@reeltourshawaii) October 16, 2015
Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) is directing this action adventure and the script was written by Max Borenstein, but was later rewritten by Oscar nominee John Gatins. Starring alongside Hiddleston is Brie Larson (Trainwreck), and the supporting cast is rounded out by John Goodman (Alpha House), John C. Reilly (Guardians of the Galaxy), Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Mitchell and Corey Hawkins, the latter of whom both worked together on Straight Outta Compton.
While it’s always interesting to see set photos, there is no way of knowing just how closely these images represent the final product. Since the photos come from a Hawaiian touring company – and not the studio itself – they should be taken with a grain of salt. Still, a giant, decaying skull feels like an fitting first image, and their huge stature seems fitting for the primordial beasts of Skull Island.
As some of the actors – including Samuel L. Jackson – have begun releasing production photos on social media we should have more information about the set and the action as filming continues.
Kong: Skull Island opens in theaters March 10, 2017. Godzilla 2 opens June 8, 2018. Godzilla vs. Kong releases sometime in 2020.