Since it was announced at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Legendary Pictures’ Kong: Skull Island has been in the process of getting all the right pieces into place before it enters production. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kings of Summer) signed on to direct the film from a script written by Max Borenstein (Godzilla) and John Gatins (Flight). Kong: Skull Island also has some of its cast in place; Tom Hiddleston (Thor: The Dark World) and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) are set to star and Michael Keaton (Birdman) is finalizing a deal to appear.
Very little is known about the story of Kong: Skull Island except that it will “honor” established King Kong mythos and will be set “in an entirely new, distinct timeline.” However, one of the film’s stars recently offered a little insight into the story as well as why he joined the project.
In an interview with MTV News on the red carpet of the Golden Globes, Simmons revealed Kong: Skull Island will be set in 1971 and partly take place in Detroit. The actor also said he was skeptical of the project at first, but was won over by the “interesting new take on it” from Vogt-Roberts and Gatins.
Read Simmons’ full quote:
"Honestly when it first came to my attention, 'there's interest in you for a new King Kong', I thought, ‘okay, why?’ But I met with Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who's going to be directing it, and John Gatins, who's going to be writing - and Tom [Hiddleston]... Jordan was just so passionate and so smart and there's such an interesting new take on it. And, it's set in Detroit in 1971, which is where I grew up, and we're going to shoot in Detroit during baseball season and I'll be able to go to Tigers games.”
Previous versions of King Kong have primarily taken place in the 1930s - including both the original film as well as Peter Jackson's 2005 remake. The 1976 version of King Kong is the only film focusing on the creature to appear in the 1970s. Due to previous information on Kong: Skull Island, though, the prequel film won't be linked to the 1976 remake.
Although the setting of Kong: Skull Island doesn’t offer much insight into the specifics of what viewers should expect from the film’s story, it does tell us some things that won’t appear, such as modern technology. Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a prequel/reboot of Planet of the Apes, used modern technology as an explanation to the creation of the apes that would take over the earth. Kong: Skull Island will hopefully take a different route, perhaps sticking to King Kong lore that the creature is a remnant of a prehistoric era.
Due to the location of the film, Kong: Skull Island also likely won’t feature the beast’s iconic climb up the Empire State Building in New York City. However, given the number of times that has been featured (and parodied) in film, it will help to differentiate Kong: Skull Island from previous iterations.
With Kong: Skull Island still more than two years away from its release date - and filming yet to begin - there is plenty of time for more information about the film to be released. However, this small tidbit does provide some hope that the film will offer a new and interesting take on the established character.
Kong: Skull Island is scheduled to premiere March 10th, 2017.
Source: MTV News