Kong: Skull Island - News Roundup
|Current News - Past News|
|Date:||4/12/2016 (Updated: 3/12/2017)|
|Author:||Chris Mirjahangir, Anthony Romero, and Joshua Sudomerski|
This page is a news roundup for the upcoming 2017 film Kong: Skull Island by Legendary Pictures and being released by Warner Bros. The production will be part of the Godzilla cinematic universe by Legendary Pictures.
The film stars Tom Hiddleston (from Thor and The Avengers) and Brie Larson (Room and 21 Jump Street) as the leads. The supporting cast includes Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Corey Hawkins, Toby Kebbell, Thomas Mann, John C. Reilly, Jason Mitchell and more. The movie is directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) from a screenplay created by Dan Gilroy, John Gatins, Derek Connolly, and Godzilla (2014) scribe Max Borenstein.
For one of the first major updates, on April 10th during the MTV Movie Awards pre-show, a near 2 1/2 minute behind the scenes promotional video on Kong: Skull Island debuted. Conducted last month while filming was underway in Vietnam, the video features cast interviews with Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Corey Hawkins, and Jason Mitchell about the film and their characters.
Kong: Skull Island is set to release in the United States on March 10th, 2017.
Update (7/15/2016): Entertainment Weekly posted an article today with an exclusive image from Kong: Skull Island and an interview with director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The interview includes some brief plot details, including that the production is set in the 1970's and the reasoning for that decision.
Oddly, in the article the director makes a big point regarding that this is the largest version of King Kong, leveraging this as a selling point for the feature. However, the article, for whatever reason, ignores the two Toho films, in particular King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) whose 45 meter Kong looks to exceed the size of the Kong from this film. This omission is particularly odd since this film is a lead in to the remake of Toho's classic film.
The article concludes with a video link back to an earlier interview with star Tom Hiddleston.
Update (7/31/2016): Included below is the trailer for Kong: Skull Island, in the highest quality that can be found online. It gives a great perspective over how large this Kong will appear in the film, as well as hints toward the plot:
Also, IGN conducted an interview with the director and a few of the cast members of Kong: Skull Island during last week's SDCC. Of note, clarification was made of the "Biggest Kong ever" on screen statement.
Update (8/08/2016): The official movie site for Kong: Skull Island has launched. The website features a trailer that auto plays, but this can be closed to see concept art and a very brief story synopsis. The concept art has a soldier holding a green flair as he stands on top of a giant ape skull, while Kong from the fog looks down at him.
Update (8/15/2016): Here are two high resolution, promotional stills from the upcoming film. Click to see the full resolution version.
Update (11/11/2016): Entertainment Weekly has posted a great interview with director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The interview contains the first real look at the new King Kong.
Thanks to being included with the interview, Vogt-Roberts includes insight for some of the creative choices behind the beast, such as the brown fur and standing upright. Many of these elements pay homage to the 1933 King Kong, but the director goes into more depth on these choices. The director also explains the circumstances behind the image being shared and what is occurring during the film in this sequence.
As a side note, the interview correctly labels this as one of the biggest versions of the Kong character. However, IGN's run at this story misquotes this element, stating this to be the largest version. As mentioned earlier in this news roundup, that honor goes to the Kong from King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962).
Update (11/16/2016): In anticipation of the new trailer for Kong: Skull Island tomorrow, their promotional website, Discover Skull Island, started up their viral campaign on the site and on their Twitter account, @MonarchSciences. so fans can unlock clips via puzzles in GIF format. For those of you who want to cut to the chase and see the puzzle solutions the answers are below:
1. Destination Acquired
3. We don't belong here
4. Endangered Species
5. Skull Crawler
Update (11/17/2016): Along with posters, one of which can be seen to the right, the new trailer for Kong Skull Island debuted tonight as part of an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live.
The new trailer showcases more clear looks at Kong after last week's full reveal of the design. They also show off some of the other beasts that will appear in the new movie as well. Below a press release and a second poster (click to expand).
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures' "Kong: Skull Island" reimagines the origin of the mythic Kong in a compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts ("The Kings of Summer").
In the film, a diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific – as beautiful as it is treacherous – unaware that they're crossing into the domain of the mythic Kong. "Kong: Skull Island" stars Tom Hiddleston ("The Avengers," "Thor: The Dark World"), Samuel L. Jackson ("The Hateful Eight," "Avengers: Age of Ultron"), Oscar winner Brie Larson ("Room," "Trainwreck"), John Goodman ("Transformers: Age of Extinction," "Argo") and John C. Reilly ("Guardians of the Galaxy," "Step Brothers"). The international ensemble cast also includes Tian Jing ("Police Story: Lockdown"), Corey Hawkins ("Straight Outta Compton"), Jason Mitchell ("Straight Outta Compton"), John Ortiz ("Steve Jobs"), Thomas Mann ("Beautiful Creatures"), Shea Whigham ("The Wolf of Wall Street"), Toby Kebbell ("Dawn of the Planet of the Apes") and Eugene Cordero ("The Kings of Summer").
Vogt-Roberts is directing the film from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, John Gatins, Dan Gilroy and Derek Connolly. "Kong: Skull Island" is produced by Legendary's Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni with Mary Parent. The executive producers are Eric McLeod and Alex Garcia.
The creative behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Larry Fong ("Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"), production designer Stefan Dechant (supervising art director "True Grit," "Avatar"), editor Christian Wagner (the "Fast & Furious" films), and costume designer Mary Vogt (the "Men in Black" films). The team also includes Oscar-winning makeup supervisor Bill Corso ("Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events," "Star Wars: The Force Awakens") and supervising stunt coordinator George Cottle ("Interstellar," "The Dark Knight Rises"). The legendary Kong is being brought to life at a whole new scale by Industrial Light & Magic, with two-time Oscar winner Stephen Rosenbaum ("Avatar," "Forrest Gump") serving as visual effects supervisor.
To fully immerse audiences in the mysterious Skull Island, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and his cast and filmmaking team are filming across three continents over six months, capturing its primordial landscapes on Oahu, Hawaii – where filming commenced on October 2015 – on Australia's Gold Coast, and finally in Vietnam, where filming will take place across multiple locations, some of which have never before been seen on film.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Present a Legendary Pictures Production, "Kong: Skull Island." The film will be released worldwide in 2D, 3D in select theatres, and IMAX beginning March 10, 2017, from Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
Update (11/21/2016): As per tradition, Toho Kingdom has been given a higher quality version of the latest Kong: Skull Island trailer. Below is the higher quality version of the trailer, the highest quality that can be found online.
Update (1/13/2017): Lanard, who are releasing toys around the 2017 film, have started to circulate promotional images for their upcoming Kong: Skull Island figures.
Each release includes a human action figure that is paired with a monster, vehicle, or both. Idle Hands broke the initial story, and their report shows some currently exclusive photos of the upcoming toys. Since then, the toys have started to show on a few retailer sites with different images, such as the UK based Smyths. These figures will be retail exclusive, as noted by Toyark, with them being only found at Walmart in the US and the previously mentioned Smyths in the UK.
Below are descriptions for the figures, which make reference to the Monarch unit from Godzilla (2014):
Kong 18 inch Mega-Figure with Soldier
With this Kong Island 46cm Kong Mega Figure, you get to decide how Kong became King! Take control of the mighty monster as he protects our world from the most powerful creatures on Skull Island. A 100-foot mountain of muscle, Kong stands tall in the face of danger. Get ready for battle with the new King of action!
Battle for Survival: Creature Contact Set - Pterodactylus with Boat and Figure
Creature alert! Join the Monarch expedition to Skull Island and prepare to discover the most deadly creatures on planet Earth with the Kong Skull Pterodactylus with Boat and Figure. On Skull Island, danger lurks around every corner. With your Sky Devil combat gear you can face the monsters head on…and win! Explorer or soldier, you must be prepared to fight if you want to survive...
Battle for Survival: Creature Contact Set - Dino Monster with Shack and Figure
Creature alert! Join the Monarch expedition to Skull Island and prepare to discover the most deadly creatures on planet Earth with the Kong Skull Dino Monster with Shack and Figure. On Skull Island, danger lurks around every corner. With your Sky Devil combat gear you can face the monsters head on…and win! Explorer or soldier, you must be prepared to fight if you want to survive...
Battle for Survival: Creature Contact Set - Spider with Jeep and Figure
Creature alert! Join the Monarch expedition to Skull Island and prepare to discover the most deadly creatures on planet Earth with the Kong Skull Island Spider with Jeep and Figure. On Skull Island, danger lurks around every corner. With your Sky Devil combat gear you can face the monsters head on…and win! Explorer or soldier, you must be prepared to fight if you want to survive...
Storm Strike Monarch Expedition Team Helicopter and Figure
Calling all heroes to Skull Island! Join the brave Monarch expedition team on a mission to the ultimate monster warzone with the Kong Skull Helicopter with Figure. When you journey into Kong's world, you'd better be ready for the battle of your life. Gear up and board your armored Sky Devil attach vehicle. By air or by sea, you will face the terrifying creatures of Skull Island and take the fight to them. Your adventure awaits!
Storm Strike Monarch Expedition Team Boat and Figure
Calling all heroes to Skull Island! Join the brave Monarch expedition team on a mission to the ultimate monster warzone with the Kong Island Boat with Figure. When you journey into Kong's world, you'd better be ready for the battle of your life. Gear up and board your armored Sky Devil attach vehicle. By air or by sea, you will face the terrifying creatures of Skull Island and take the fight to them. Your adventure awaits!
Update (1/19/2017): Toho Kingdom would like to proudly present the EXCLUSIVE WORLDWIDE DEBUT of the new Kong: Skull Island TV spot entitled "The Island". A huge thanks to Warner Bros. for allowing us to debut this TV spot! Enjoy!
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Update (2/01/2017): On December 1st, 2015, Toho Kingdom's Chris Mirjahangir was lucky enough to be invited by Warner Brothers/Legendary Pictures to join other journalists to observe the filming of Kong: Skull Island and interview members of the cast and crew in Hawaii. Below are links to each of the interviews and they do go into spoiler territory - just a head's up! Also included below are Chris's set notes from days 1 and 2 and two set photos. Voice notes were recorded where Chris talked about “The Boneyard” (the name for the location where all the bones are in the trailers) and other things, but they were accidentally erased due to a phone issue. No photos were allowed on set. A few of the interviews are rather lengthy so relax and make yourself comfortable for some fun reading. All interviews were transcribed by Noah Percival.
We sincerely hope you enjoy!
Pictured right: Chris Mirjahangir's Skull Island Guest Badge from his set visit. The film was shot under the codename "Titan".
• Jordan Vogt-Roberts
• Alex Garcia
• Brie Larson
• Samuel L. Jackson
• Tom Hiddleston
Here are my set notes that I jotted into my phone while on set. There were voice notes that I would have liked to have shared but due to an issue with my phone, they were deleted. These are just short notes that may or may not make sense but in the interest of providing information from the set visit, here you are. Enjoy! -Chris
Day 1 notes (12-2-2015)
-Quick introduction with Alex Garcia in tent at base camp showing off production art and models.
-Arrive on set. Watch Sam Jackson rehearse/scene where he is talking into a radio to a chopper pilot who is killed by Kong/monster. Line changes from "bring this beast down" to "not leaving this island while the ape is still breathing"
-Watched footage being shot on monitors with wireless headsets. Periods of rain and mud. Multiple angles and closeups of same shot of Jackson talking to downed pilot while another soldier asks what's going on. Jackson grabs him and pulls him close and tells him to keep quiet and he doesn't want to destroy morale (if they find out that the chopper got downed). Another soldier (Jason Mitchell), walks in middle frame and asks what'd going on and Jackson says "nothing". Soldiers walk away and Jackson looks down and stressed. End of shot.
-Angle changed to Dutch angle. Left for lunch at the base camp
Day 2 notes (12-3-2015)
-Go to set. Mud. Call to go back to Basecamp
-Hiddleston rides with us back to set. More mud
-Watch film being shot in makeshift tent
-Kong represented by half circlish shape on a pole. 2 stand in actors, one male and one female, stand in center with pole in near distance between them. Hiddleston and brie larson move into the shot and stand ins leave.
-Other monsters called Skullcrawlers. Serpent like monsters
-Camera moves up and towards them and they cower back cower down as a reaction to kong. Hiddleston asks to stagger in the shot. Shot takes place after they were running from something. (Mac is dead) Hiddleston covers her head as they cower
-A second pole with a black ball on the end comes into the shot to find light source to map for cgi kong Night shoot
-Hiddleston and Larson with soldiers running from Kong (or giant creature). Larson stops to take a photo, Hiddleston grabs her and pulls her away
(L-r) JOHN GOODMAN, JOHN C. REILLY and BRIE LARSON on the set of Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “KONG: SKULL ISLAND,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Photo by Chuck Zlotnick
JOHN GOODMAN on the set of Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “KONG: SKULL ISLAND,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Photo by Chuck Zlotnick
Update (2/02/2017): Some of the other journalists Chris Mirjahangir did the set visit with have their articles online as well. Check them out in the links below.
Update (2/28/2017): In prepartion for the release in a few weeks, the final trailer and also a VR clip have been released. Below is the final trailer:
While here is the VR experience:
Update (3/9/2017): Creative Screenwriting has an excellent interview with Kong: Skull Island (2017) and Godzilla (2014) writer Max Borenstein about the creative process behind the 'MonsterVerse'.
Update (3/12/2017): Kong: Skull Island is estimated to have opened with $61 million at the US box office and $81.6 million interantionally from 65 territories. This adds up to an estimated worldwide box office haul of $142 million. Given that the movie's budget was $185 million, roughly $25 million more than Godzilla (2014), the production needs to make over $370 million wordlwide to break even. This takes into consideration that studios get roughly 55% of the US box office take and 40% of the international take. The movie is at a good pace to reach that goal, dependent naturally on how it performs against competition in the following weeks.