‘Kong: Skull Island’ Director Promises Biggest Onscreen Kong Yet

By July 15, 2016

Warner Bros. is poised to have their biggest Comic-Con presentation yet, with a massive 2-hour panel that includes Wonder Woman, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Suicide Squad and plenty more. But one of the most anticipated films on the studio’s slate is Kong: Skull Island , which will lay the foundation for an eventual big-screen tussle between the massive ape and his reptilian nemesis, Godzilla.

There’s just one problem, though: the skyscraper-destroying creature that Gareth Edwards brought to life was enormous, easily the largest incarnation we’ve ever seen – so how will Kong be able to stand up against such an unstoppable force? As it turns out, Skull Island will showcase an equally impressive version of the big ape, and Entertainment Weekly has a bit of a tease with a new photo featuring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and John Goodman standing next to an enormous skull that likely belonged to one of Kong’ predecessors – or rivals.

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EW also caught up with director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer), who commented on the photo and his desire to make sure his film stands apart from other versions of the Kong legend:

“From the size of the skull, you can tell that things on this island are much bigger than audiences are used to with traditional Kong lore. Our Kong is by far the biggest Kong that you’ve seen on screen, and that translates to a lot of different things on the island.

Peter Jackson’s Kong was around 25 feet. The ‘33 Kong ranged between 25 feet and 50 feet, I want to say he was 50-plus feet when he was on the Empire State Building. He varied in size dramatically! The ’70s Kong was somewhere between them.

The thing that most interested me was, how big do you need to make [Kong], so that when someone lands on this island and doesn’t believe in the idea of myth, the idea of wonder – when we live in a world of social and civil unrest, and everything is crumbling around us, and technology and facts are taking over – how big does this creature need to be, so that when you stand on the ground and you look up at it, the only thing that can go through your mind is: ‘That’s a god.’”

Vogt-Roberts also teased that a trailer for the film was on its way, and it’s a pretty safe bet that we’ll see it in Hall H next weekend – which is only fitting, because that’s where the project was first announced.

With a cast that also includes Samuel L. Jackson, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Shea Whigham and Toby Kebbell, Kong: Skull Island is scheduled to hit theaters on March 10, 2017.

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Brent Hankins

Brent Hankins

Contributing Writer at GeekNation
Brent Hankins is a member of the Phoenix Critics Circle and co-host of the Drinks and Discourse podcast. He's also the proud owner of an Italian Greyhound named Sullivan. He's adorable (the dog, not the author).