Batten down the hatches, folks, San Diego Comic-Con looks set to usher in the return of the king – and no, we’re not referring to Peter Jackson’s fantasy classic.
Instead, think bigger – the biggest King Kong yet seen on screen – and you’ll be a little closer to the news that Legendary Pictures is inching closer to lifting the lid on Kong: Skull Island, Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ monstrous creature feature that is set to tee up a shared universe at the studio, one that will eventually dovetail with the real King of Monsters in Godzilla Vs. King Kong.
Long before that godly clash, Vogt-Roberts’ will beckon moviegoers to Skull Island in March of next year, and with the first trailer right around the corner, a new motion poster has landed online via Twitter.
— Kong: Skull Island (@kongskullisland) July 20, 2016
Drawing comparisons to the HALO jump scene from Gareth Edwards’ 2014 Godzilla – a lonely flare set against a foreboding mist – it’s an enticing teaser, and late last week, Vogt-Roberts weighed in on why Kong: Skull Island is set to distinguish itself from its colossal forebear.
“We’re very explicitly not telling the beauty and the beast story. The original is a classic, the ’70s version is great for what it is, and Peter [Jackson]’s version is a great retelling of the 1933 film. 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.’”
Leading the charge against the alpha predator is Tom Hiddleston and Room breakout Brie Larson. They’ll be joined aboard Skull Island by Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly, Tian Jing, Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton), Jason Mitchell, John Ortiz, Thomas Mann, Shea Whigham, Toby Kebbell and Eugene Cordero.
Kong: Skull Island will roar onto screens on March 10, 2017. Keep your peepers peeled for the inaugural trailer reveal on Saturday, July 23.