SDCC: Legendary Plans To Take Us To Kong’s Birthplace, SKULL ISLAND

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Godzilla 2 isn’t the only giant monster Legendary has plans for in the upcoming future. Yesterday at the production shingle’s panel at San Diego Comic Con it was also announced that they were developing a feature based on the classic 1933 film King Kong called Skull Island which is scheduled to hit theaters November 4, 2016. No creatives were announced in conjunction with the project.

The announcement came in the form of a short video which took attendees of the studios presentation to an ancient, jungle-covered landscape while a voice-over intoned “We penetrated deeper and deeper into the very heart of darkness.” The clip culminated with the reveal of Kong.

In a released statement, the studio explained –

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.

Previously, Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake of Kong explored a bit of the island’s backstory, with Jackson’s production designers creating a history for it that was then glimpsed in the vine-covered ruins that the film’s heroes dashed past whilst be chased by dinosaurs and Kong. Artist Joe DeVito teamed with writer Brad Strickland for the 2005 book Kong: King Of Skull Island, which also served as inspiration for writer Will Murray’s recent mashup of Kong and pulp hero Doc Savage, Skull Island. (Which I’m in the middle of reading and it is a crackling good adventure.)

Via Hollywood Reporter.

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Joe Nazzaro
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Does anybody know if it’s related to Joe DeVito’s illustrated book, Kong: King of Skull Island?

Rich Drees
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They haven’t stated if it is. BTW, have you read Will Murray’s Doc Savage/Kong mashup inspired by DeVito’s book?

Joe Nazzaro
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I haven’t; is it worth it? BTW, I’ve just e-mailed JDV to find out if there’s a link between the two.

Rich Drees
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I’m about halfway through and am enjoying it so far. And let me know what he has to say!

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