Earlier this week, Warner Bros. confirmed that their new King Kong adventure Kong: Skull Island will be one of the movies presented during their Hall H presentation at Comic-Con next week, along with Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and The LEGO Batman Movie. It is believed that the first trailer for Kong: Skull Island will be unveiled during this panel, but while we wait for the action to unfold in Hall H, the studio has released a new photo, which teases just how big this version of King Kong really is.
Last week, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts revealed that this will be the biggest King Kong ever put on the big screen, teasing that he’d be over 100 feet tall. This photo doesn’t feature the massive ape himself, but we do get a glimpse at Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and John Goodman exploring a massive bone yard on the island, with an ape skull dwarfing the cast. When asked to explain just how big King Kong is, Jordan Vogt-Roberts had this to say in his interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“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. You will see when we drop a trailer.”
The director also confirmed that the film takes place in the 1970s, where, at the start of the decade, NASA launched a satellite program known as LANDSAT, where satellites would map out the entire world from space. When this unknown island is discovered through LANDSAT, an expedition is formed, including Tom Hiddleston’s character, a former SAS tracker and Brie Larson’s character, a war photographer. While Jordan Vogt-Roberts wouldn’t delve into what is found on the island, the director did clarify that they’re not taking the story in a direction that many King Kong films have gone.
“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’s version is a great retelling of the 1933 film.”
The cast also includes Toby Kebbell, who recently shot down rumors that he is playing King Kong himself, Samuel L. Jackson, Corey Antonio Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Tian Jing, John Ortiz and Shea Whigham. Jordan Vogt-Roberts is directing from a script by John Gatins and Derek Connollyl, with Warner Bros. setting a March 10, 2017 release date. Take a look at this new photo from Kong: Skull Island, and be sure to stay tuned for more updates on this highly-anticipated project throughout Comic-Con.