Comic-Con: Legendary Sets King Kong Film ‘Skull Island’ for 2016

By July 26, 2014

Peter Jackson’s King Kong remake came out back in 2005, and I thought that was the last we’d be seeing of Kong for a couple of decades, considering there were 19 years between Jackson’s remake and the sequel before that, 1986’s King Kong Lives. But Legendary Pictures has a different idea in mind: they just released a teaser trailer for Skull Island, a prequel movie that will explore the origins of King Kong.

Skull Island is the home of the giant beast, and it also contains other prehistoric creatures – some long thought extinct – and, sometimes, a race of primitive humans. Jackson and other King Kong filmmakers have explored Skull Island in the past, but it’s largely been relegated to a section of the film in which characters capture Kong before they bring him to New York City. According to the press release, sent out just after the panel ended, “Previous works have touched on the island, but staying and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions.”

With this announcement comes a lot of speculation that Legendary is building toward a King Kong vs. Godzilla movie of their own as an update to the existing 1962 film. Makes sense to me, and with the nerd crowd going nuts over Godzilla, Pacific Rim, and other giant smash-em-up movies these days combined with the recent popularization of crossovers in movies, it seems like a sure thing that Legendary will want to get these two cinematic icons on screen together in the same movie. Skull Island hits theaters on November 4th, 2016, but it doesn’t have a writer, director, or cast in place yet. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more.

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