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Comic-Con: Skull Island Announced
King Kong returns in 2016

26 July 2014  |  Written by Ben Kirby  

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The Legendary panel had a lot of surprises today at Comic-Con - not least the unexpected debut of Michael Mann, here to talk about his cyber thriller, Black Hat - but it concluded with the biggest of them all: a trailer announcing Skull Island, and the return of King Kong.

For a while, many people in Hall H thought that the teaser trailer, announced by Legendary Pictures’ head honcho Thomas Tull, was a sneak peek at Jurassic World, and with its lush, dense jungle landscapes and a shot in which a lizard-like creature could be seen cresting the wave of a roaring river, for a while it looked like it was indeed going to be a return to Isla Nublar.

But the portentous British voiceover that accompanied the trailer, talking about raging seas and penetrating deeper into the heart of darkness (steady now), indicated that this wasn’t going to be the case. And then we saw a cave in the shape of a skull, followed by the sound of something huge stomping through the undergrowth. Pan up to reveal... not a T-Rex, but a giant ape. And not just any ape, but King Kong.

Yes, King Kong.

For Skull Island, as you no doubt know, is the island on which the greatest of all apes lives. So it seems that Skull Island, which came very much out of the blue, will be a movie about King Kong, without being a remake of King Kong. The reel that was shown today was clearly very, very early doors - but Legendary have announced a release date: November 4, 2016, which indicates that a directorial announcement can’t be too far away. Along with more details about the film itself - is Andy Serkis, for example, playing Kong again?

Of course, the news that Legendary now owns the rights to King Kong, on the same day that they announced Godzilla 2 (with Mothra, Ghidorah and Rodan as the monsters Big G will face), raises a very interesting prospect. In this world of shared universes, is Legendary’s big gameplan to bring Godzilla and King Kong together somewhere down the line?


All will be revealed in time. Until then, what are your thoughts on this - excited to see King Kong back on the big screen again?  


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Your Comments

RE: KING KONG AND GODZILLA!!!
You knew King Kong wouldn't stay dormant for long. More

Posted by Rodham at 07:33 on 31 July 2014 | Report This Post

RE: KING KONG AND GODZILLA!!!
Awesome news, i can't wait! King Kong is one of my favourite movies. More

Posted by DONOVAN KURTWOOD at 08:07 on 28 July 2014 | Report This Post

RE: KING KONG AND GODZILLA!!!
L: TheRaggedyMan You can't pitch the king of the lizards against King Kong! He's nowhere near large enough. Godzilla could just stamp on him and he'd be gone!!! XD rrr, mate, there's HUGE precedent. Third one down on this list: http://www.empireonline.com/features/godzilla-movie-gui de More

Posted by Osric at 23:05 on 27 July 2014 | Report This Post

Neil Marshall?
So is this the Neil Marshall film that was announced some months back, or a separate King Kong film called Skull Island due out in 2016? More

Posted by Chorley Film Guy at 16:51 on 27 July 2014 | Report This Post

KING KONG AND GODZILLA!!!
You can't pitch the king of the lizards against King Kong! He's nowhere near large enough. Godzilla could just stamp on him and he'd be gone!!! XD More

Posted by TheRaggedyMan at 10:20 on 27 July 2014 | Report This Post

I can't see what more they can possibly do with King Kong on skull island than what we saw in the first film, without just making this a retread. More

Posted by Oroborous at 08:27 on 27 July 2014 | Report This Post

Just Keep Peter Jackson Away!
The reason why the 2005 KING KONG was a terrible movie is that it was TOO personal for Peter. It wasn't a labor of love, it was over three hours of staggering self-indulgent. More

Posted by bb at 23:15 on 26 July 2014 | Report This Post


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