Warner Bros. Pictures and director Gareth Edwards’ reboot of the Godzilla film franchise was a commercial success, grossing over half a billion dollars worldwide in theaters in 2014. WB is now using that movie as the foundation for a shared cinematic universe that includes King Kong, starting with the release of Kong: Skull Island in 2017 and culminating with Godzilla vs. Kong‘s arrival in 2020. Kong: Skull Island will also feature the largest version of the King Kong character ever put on the big screen, if only so that his eventual showdown with Godzilla winds up being less of a one-sided fight.
The Eighth Wonder of the World, whose facial expressions are based on a motion-capture performance by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes actor Toby Kebbell (who also plays a human in Skull Island), appears on the newly-released Skull Island poster, albeit shrouded in fog. Fortunately, the film’s first trailer offers a better look at Kong and the fantastical setting that is Skull Island, alike.
WB debuted the trailer for Kong: Skull Island during its Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 and has now released the film’s first theatrical preview online, too (see above). Here is the official synopsis for the movie:
In the film, a diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific—as beautiful as it is treacherous—unaware that they’re crossing into the domain of the mythic Kong.
Kong: Skull Island, judging by the trailer footage, has a real Heart of Darkness-vibe to it – fittingly so, as that novel was the inspiration for the original 1933 King Kong movie. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) is aiming to deliver an exciting action/adventure with Skull Island, if this initial material is any indication; one bolstered by the film’s talented cast of character actors, including Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, and John Goodman – all of whom are featured in the trailer (with Goodman delivering a performance that matches his great work on 10 Cloverfield Lane from earlier this year, in terms of intensity).
Beyond that, everything in Kong: Skull Island looks and feels massive, in terms of the setting and especially that of Kong himself – who, as promised, is indeed the largest version of the King Kong character that has yet been put on the big screen. However the film’s script – credited to such screenwriters as Max Borenstein (Godzilla (2014)), Derek Connolly (Jurassic World), John Gatins (Real Steel) and Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler) – turns out in terms of quality, Skull Island could be worth the price of admission for its visuals alone, especially in IMAX and/or 3D.
Kong: Skull Island opens in U.S. theaters on March 10, 2017, followed by Godzilla 2 on March 22, 2019, and Godzilla vs. Kong on May 29, 2020.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures