Kong: Skull Island opens on Friday, but the titular Island isn’t the only one where you’ll find inhuman beasts. Island of Lost Souls is based on H.G. Wells’s novel, The Island of Doctor Moreau. Dr. Moreau (Charles Laughton) is operating on animals in order to speed up evolution and turn them into human beings.
The 2017 movie season kicked into a higher gear last week with the release of Logan, and it’s set to explode with this Friday’s debut of Kong: Skull Island, a new take on the movies’ classic giant ape that’s also intended to help push Warner Bros. and Legendary Films’ ongoing MonsterVerse (which began with 2014’s Godzilla) into overdrive. While it boasts an impressive cast including Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman, Samuel L. Jackson, and John C. Reilly, Skull Island’s main attraction is unquestionably its title character. In the featurette, cast and crew members expound on their 100 foot tall “castmate.” He’s “truly monstrous in size and scale and scope,” says star Hiddleston, who describes Kong as “a force of nature.
Kong: Skull Island is the latest in a string of King Kong movies, but this one seems to have taken its lead ape to new heights — literally. Yahoo Movies asked the cast of the anticipated monster movie about what it’s like to work with a giant gorilla that’s only there in their imaginations, as opposed to actually right in front of them. “Brie Larson and I would always, together, we would pick the tallest tree, or, like, a mountain peak, or a cloud, or something, and then simply imagine it,” said Tom Hiddleston.
Mix King Kong with The Lost World, spike it with a bracing dash of Apocalypse Now and you’ve got Kong: Skull Island, in which Warner Bros. finally gets the effects-driven fantasy adventure formula right again after numerous misfires. Leagues better than Peter Jackson’s bloated, three-hour Kong of 2005, this one looks poised for strong returns and potential sequels co-starring hinted-at monsters from movie lore. It may have seemed like a stretch to entrust this giant project to a director whose career hitherto consisted of one small, kid-centric Sundance film, the 2013 The Kings of Summer.
One cool thing about Kong: Skull Island is that it reunites Jason Mitchell and Corey Hawkins. Mitchell and Hawkins recently starred together in Straight Outta Compton as Eazy-E and Dr. Dre, respectively. Mitchell told Yahoo Movies what it was like to reconnect with Hawkins.
Of all the larger-than-life stars set to headline 2017’s tentpole releases, perhaps none is quite as towering over the spring as King Kong, the legendary island ape known and loved since 1933 for climbing skyscrapers and swatting planes out of the sky. While it doesn’t seem like he’ll be scaling any metropolitan heights in his next outing, Kong: Skull Island, the upcoming film’s new TV spot (watch it above) makes clear he most definitely will be smashing any and all aircraft that dares attack him.
King Kong last roared his way onto movie screens back in 2005 courtesy of Peter Jackson’s King Kong. Despite its illustrious cast (including Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, and Peter Serkis as the motion-captured beast), it felt like something of an overstuffed misstep. The giant ape will get another chance to astound audiences next year, however, when he returns in Kong: Skull Island, a movie whose latest trailer promises an action-packed saga comprising equal parts awe and dread.
Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and actors Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman, Jason Mitchell, and Corey Hawkins are stomping on hallowed ground with next year’s big-screen adventure, Kong: Skull Island. The movie is an origin story for King Kong, the iconic, oversized ape who first climbed into pop-culture conscience in 1933.
Michael Keaton and JK Simmons have exited Legendary Pictures’ Kong: Skull Island . Scheduling conflicts are believed to be the principal reason behind both actors’ departures.
A year before the new King Kong reboot arrives in theaters, devoted fans will be able to make the dangerous journey to Skull Island.