Universal Moves ‘Kong: Skull Island’ Back to March 2017

Universal has moved Legendary’s King Kong origins movie — now titled “Kong: Skull Island” — from Nov. 4, 2016, to March 10, 2017.

The film will be released in 3D.  The studio and Legendary announced the 2016 date for “Skull Island” during Comic-Con in July, then disclosed in September that Tom Hiddleston was on board to star with Jordan Vogt-Roberts directing.

John Gatins (“Flight”) and Max Borenstein (“Godzilla”) wrote the script, set in King Kong’s home as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the primordial island. Legendary said the story honors the foundations of existing King Kong lore created in the iconic 1933 film.

Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce and Alex Garcia will exec produce.

Hiddleston will also star in Legendary’s upcoming “Crimson Peak” horror film from director Guillermo del Toro.

Universal also said that Legendary’s untitled “Great Wall” movie has been set for Nov. 23, 2016, release in the U.S. by Universal, followed by a Chinese market opening in early December, 2016.

Directed by Zhang Yimou, “Great Wall” centers on an elite force making a last stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure. It’s the first English language production for Yimou and the largest film ever shot entirely in China with a $135 million budget.

Production is set to begin in the spring. The budget was  confirmed on Nov. 5 by Legendary East CEO Peter Loehr at the U.S.-China Film Summit in Downtown Los Angeles.

“Legendary East is trying to do the same kind of thing as in the U.S., that is to make large, very visual pictures,” Loehr said at the event. “They will be no different technically to what we do elsewhere …. They will be made for a world audience.”

Zhang’s credits include “Hero,” “House of Flying Daggers” and “The Flowers of War.” He also conceived the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

 

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