Warner Bros. and Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island had an impressive opening this weekend, taking $61m in the US and a further $81.6m overseas.
Kong is back, but this Coppola-pilfering reimagining can’t distract from the soullessness of its characters, human and otherwise.
Warner Bros. have revealed a new IMAX poster for their upcoming Kong: Skull Island, and it bears an uncanny resemblance to the art of a certain Francis Ford Coppola classic.
Warner Brothers and Legendary have debuted the new trailer for Kong: Skull Island, Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ reboot of the legendary ape.
Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Kong: Skull Island is scripted by John Gatins and Max Borenstein. Legendary’s John Jashni and Thomas Tull are producing alongside Mary Parent. Legendary has promised that the story will honor the foundations of existing King Kong lore, but will place Skull Island in an entirely new, distinct timeline.
Following Legendary’s and Warner Bros. Pictures’ 2014 success with the global reinvention of the Godzilla franchise, the companies have come together to create an epic, new shared cinematic franchise. All-powerful monsters become towering heroes for a new generation, revealing a mythology that brings together Godzilla and Legendary’s King Kong in an ecosystem of other giant super-species, both classic and new. Monarch, the human organization that uncovered Godzilla in the 2014 film, will expand their mission across multiple releases.
With Legendary Pictures and Universal Studios still rounding out the cast for Kong: Skull Island, following the departure of J.K. Simmons and Michael Keaton, Deadline reports they’ve zeroed in on their potential replacements. Samuel L. Jackson is said to be in early talks for the role that Simmons previously vacated with John C. Reilly at the top of the wishlist for Keaton’s replacement. In addition, the outlet notes that Tom Wilkinson has also been offered a lead role in the film.