Happy Friday, people! (Places and things do not get wished Happy Friday.) A couple of pieces of movie news for you to enjoy right quick. Fans of big, giant animal monsters have reason to rejoice: Legendary and Universal have announced the title of their 2017 film Skull Island has been officially changed to Kong: Skull Island, confirming what many people had already expected, that the prequel to King Kong will be heavier on the massive gorilla than previously supposed. It was also announced that the movie’s release date has been moved to March 10, 2017.
For the uninitiated, Skull Island is the fictional Pacific island, near Indonesia, whereupon filmmakers and adventurers first encountered a tribe that sacrificed young women to a giant creature, which was really just a big ol’ cuddle monkey (I know apes aren’t monkeys, calm down) known as King Kong. Skull Island is also home to dinosaurs, enormous insects, and grotty bog things, if we go by Peter Jackson’s 2005 film. While the original 1933 film indicated there was only one massive gorilla, Jackson’s film showed skeletons of many other such big primates, perhaps indicated there once being a whole colony of Kongs. Perhaps there was an Emperor Kong at some point.
If this is indeed where the film is going, we’re pretty darn excited about it. Perhaps there could be a battle between the family of apes and the dinosaurs, or maybe even factions of giant apes, all being sought after by the first explorers to land on the island. Imagine being one of the natives, though. No wonder they chuck sacrifices to the monster-gods.
Kong: Skull Island is being directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) and written by John Gatins (Flight) and Max Borenstein (Godzilla). The film is produced by Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni and executive produced by Alex Garcia.
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