Warner Bros. Pictures will be promoting several upcoming installments in its most lucrative movie franchises during its San Diego Comic-Con presentation this year. That includes new films set in the DC Extended Universe, its Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Batman-centered LEGO movie, and the King Kong feature, Kong: Skull Island.
Skull Island reboots the King Kong franchise, making the eponymous Eighth Wonder of the World and his home terrain (full of prehistoric animals and giant creatures that time forgot) part of the same universe that includes WB's 2014 Godzilla franchise reboot. Godzilla screenwriter Max Borenstein co-wrote the Skull Island script with such people as Derek Connolly (Jurassic World). Meanwhile, Jordon Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) is directing the project, with a cast led by Tom Hiddleston (the Thor franchise), Oscar-winner Brie Larson (Room), and Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton).
The official Kong: Skull Island Twitter account has been teasing the film's presentation at Comic-Con, by releasing a motion poster counting down to the event (see below). It seems safe to assume the Skull Island teaser trailer will premiere during the event too and make its way online shortly thereafter, thus kicking off the marketing campaign for the film ahead of its theatrical release next year.
— Kong: Skull Island (@kongskullisland) July 20, 2016
Kong: Skull Island's cast is rounded out by such big names as Samuel L. Jackson and John Goodman, as well as Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton), Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Thomas Mann (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) and Shea Whigham (Agent Carter). 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.
Skull Island takes place in the 1970s for a couple of reasons; not only to establish that Kong's existence was a known thing many years before Godzilla wreaked havoc in the 2014 reboot, but also for thematic purposes that tie-in with the film's post-Vietnam setting (and the mindset of its human characters in the aftermath of that war). In addition to the change in terms of historical framing, Vogt-Roberts has confirmed multiple times that Skull Island won't include a Beauty and the Beast-style subplot between its female lead (Larson) and the big guy himself - with that storyline now played out, after the original 1933 King Kong and its subsequent remakes (in 1976 and 2005, respectively).
Question is, then, can Skull Island bring something new to the table in terms of spectacle too? The Peter Jackson-helmed 2005 King Kong remake set the bar pretty high in that respect, but with ten years' worth of improvements in digital effects (and the biggest version of Kong yet put onscreen), Vogt-Roberts has a decent shot at managing that trick. For more details on that, check back this Saturday for our coverage of Kong: Skull Island's Comic-Con presentation!
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