Here’s some very cool news to kick off a Tuesday morning: Tom Hiddleston has scored the lead role in Legendary’s King Kong origin story Skull Island, and The Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts will direct.
At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Legendary debuted a teaser for what many assumed was Jurassic World, but was actually revealed to be a surprise project called Skull Island. The island, of course, has been seen on film before, but has mostly been featured in the first half of Kong movies before the humans bring the giant ape to New York City. The original press release stated: “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.”
Godzilla writer Max Borenstein will pen the screenplay for the film and Hiddleston will star, though the new press release is cryptic about exactly who he’ll play. Will it be a new character, or someone who’s been referred to already in Kong lore? There was an earlier report that Attack the Block helmer Joe Cornish had an offer to direct Skull Island, but he apparently passed in favor of something else. Vogt-Roberts – whose The Kings of Summer is truly one of the best indie films of the past few years, and who has a Metal Gear Solid movie in the works – sounds like an interesting choice to direct, following in the recent pattern of young, up-and-coming directors directing giant blockbusters after their relatively small-scale directorial debuts. (See also: Josh Trank, Colin Trevorrow, etc.) Vogt-Roberts also directed some episodes of “You’re The Worst,” the FX series created by Film Pig Steve Falk.
Skull Island will hit theaters on November 4th, 2016, and now we’re really excited to see it.
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