King Kong Movie ‘Skull Island’ Set for 2016

Legendary Entertainment developing a Skull Island

Universal to release the film November 4, 2016

Legendary Entertainment is developing a movie based on Skull Island, better known as the home of King Kong. The pic is scheduled to be released on November 4, 2016.

While the film isn’t expected to be a sequel or reboot to the 2005 movie Peter Jackson directed for Universal, Legendary’s pic will likely feature the big ape in some form, given that he was shown roaring at the end of a clip shown at its panel at Comic-Con on Saturday. Legendary announced the project for the first time there, the same place where it first announced “Godzilla” in 2012.

Update: “Godzilla” screenwriter Max Borenstein is writing the project for Legendary, which the company has approached “Attack the Block’s” Joe Cornish to direct.

The island, which gets its name from an imposing skull-shaped rock formation, first appeared in the 1933 “King Kong” and subsequent films, but also is the home of many other prehistoric creatures and a primitive society of humans.

Legendary said that while previous works have touched on the island, the film was a way to explore the mysterious and dangerous place and “take audiences deeper inside the rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions.”

Universal is likely to distribute the film as part of its first-look relationship with Legendary.

In fact, Universal gave up its Comic-Con presence entirely to Legendary’s upcoming slate, which includes the horror film “As Above, So Below,” the Michael Mann cyber thriller “Blackhat,” Guillermo del Toro’s “Crimson Peak,” and the adaptation of Blizzard Entertainment’s fantasy video game “Warcraft,” the latter of which won’t be released until March 2016.

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The panel marked Mann’s first trip to Comic-Con.

Just like Christopher Nolan’s first visit just days earlier, Mann wanted to see what all the fuss of the fanfest was about.

“I’ve heard from my friends, including Guillermo del Toro, about how wonderful it is,” he said.

Mann had wanted to make a cyber crime thriller in Asia and cast Chris Hemsworth as the film’s lead, an actor who he called “a terrific actor with a great career that’s just beginning. He’s a real regular fella.”

Hemsworth, who is in town to help promote “The Avengers: Age of Ultron,” joined Mann on the panel.

“Blackhat,” formerly titled “Cyber,” hacks its way into theaters Jan. 16, 2015.

With “As Above, So Below,” the pic’s filmmakers wanted to make a “found footage Indiana Jones type story,” set in the 200 miles of tunnels that date back to the 14th century, six stories under ground, according to John Dowdie, and make it “as hell-like as you can imagine,” Drew Dowdie added.

Legendary also announced Mothra, Ghidorah and Rodan as the new monsters joining its “Godzilla” franchise.

Del Toro’s “Crimson Peak” is the director’s gothic romance that “blends the two sides of my personality,” he said on stage. “‘Mimic’ was such a tough experience,” it made him make the switch to big pop culture pics like “Pacific Rim.”

The horror-romance stars Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam and Mia Wasikowska.

The director said he jumped at the chance to make an R-rated horror film that mixes violence, horror, thriller, romance and very brutal moments “with incredible beauty,” he said, and “tackle a great adult story for a female lead” that explores what happens after she’s met the man of her dreams “and become her own person. It’s a beautiful adult confection.”

With Legendary and Universal’s executives in the audience, Del Torro took a quick poll at the end of his talk to find out whether there was interest in a “Hellboy 3” or “At the Mountains of Madness” movie. The crowd erupted in applause and cheers with each title. “They’re listening,” Del Toro said.

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  1. Jammy says:

    LUPITA NYONGO AS KONG’S BRIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. LANDO'S SON says:

    Legendary seems to poised to be one of the big players in Hollywood in the near future,at least as long as they keep on making more hit movies like Godzilla (2014) and less duds like Jack the Giant Slayer.

  3. surayabay says:

    Speaking of “re-makes”, any news about “re-makes” of some of the old TV Westerns like The Rifleman, Cheyenne, etc., I know there’s been talk, but no project “green lighting”. A lot of us “Boomers” would love to see Johnny Crawford, (Mark McCain), pick-up “Paw”s rifle and pass it on to his son’s, Lucas Jr, and Cain. And we would all love to see The “Big Guy” himself, Clint Walker, one more time, (Mr. Stallone, would it kill you to throw the big guy a cameo or a bit part in one of your hero movies, if you won’t pay or waive his insurance policy, if he even needs one, “WE” would! Your fans would thank you forever if you did it!

  4. Steven NYC says:

    Peter Jackson’s “King Kong” was once of the worst films I have literally ever seen. They destroyed Kong’s legend in that mess. This will be no better – a poorly-written and directed CGI cartoon show.

  5. RB says:

    It would be neat to see them use the island of Saba that they used in the 1933 version!

  6. R.G. says:

    why would they show king kong at all its about skull island stupid and the other creatures there!..if that’s the writers story line making it show king kong is just fostering another pre sequel nit wit…

  7. T.J. says:

    Is this based on the “Kong: King Of Skull Island” by Joe DeVito and Brad Strickland or “The World of Kong: A Natural History of Skull Island (King Kong)” by Weta Workshop, or one of the many graphic novels with the same background? Any word on source material or writer(s)?

  8. Ken says:

    Well, if it’s not going to be a sequel or a re-boot, then it will have to detail a younger Kong – maybe with his parents? The last of their breed?- and a further exploration of the indigenous peoples who settled there (and built that giant wall and developed an entire mythology/religion based on the great beast(s)). Toss in a few earlier explorers foolishly wading ashore Skull Island…and this could be most interesting, w/ lots of possibilities. Peter Jackson’s film was, and remains, stunning.

    • Rosemary R says:

      Ken can u imagine the cinematography for this movie with Peter Jackson? He is from I believe New Zealand an love shooting from his home. Like they did the hobbit an other movies! Gonna be amazing spectacular movie

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