Kong: Skull Island

Japan Release: 2017
Running Time:
118 minutes

Kong: Skull Island

Japanese Title

キングコング: 髑髏島の巨神
[Kingu Kongu: Dokurotou no Kyoshin]

Distributor: Production:

Warner Bros.
Legendary Pictures / Warner Bros.

In 1973, the Monarch organization was attempting to visit a previously uncharted island. As a peace agreement was reached between the United States and Vietnam, efforts were accelerated. This included a request to utilize military personnel for the journey. The request was accepted, and the recently inactive Sky Devils squadron was given the assignment. Joined by a tracker and a photographer, the group was dispatched to the uncharted Skull Island. Surrounded by a mysterious weather system, the ship docked far away as helicopters ventured further. Following Monarch's plan, the copters began bombing the area. Although guised as seismic surveillance, the explosions actually served a different purpose. Their true intent was quickly realized as a giant monster began to attack the group. Monarch had estimated that monsters existed on the island, and the bombs had successfully flushed one out. The giant gorilla, Kong, proceeded to then destroy the squadron. Through brute force, the helicopters were decimated. This left a small groups of survivors on foot. Kong was not their only concern, though, as other deadly creatures were existed on the island. The group was caught in a race for survival. They needed to reach the other end of the island in three days, before their rendezvous left them forever...

Live Action Science Fiction Kaiju

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International Title

Kong: Skull Island

Initial US Title

Kong: Skull Island
US Distributor: Warner Bros. (2017) / Time: 118 Minutes

Alternate Titles

King Kong: Giant God of Skull Island
[Literal translation]



Aliens, SDF & Misc.

CH-47 Chinook
CH-47 Chinook



Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Writing credits Max Borenstein, Dan Gilroy, Derek Connolly, John Gatins
Produced by Alex Garcia, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent
Executive Producer Edward Cheng, Eric McLeod
Music by Henry Jackman
Cinematography by Larry Fong
Film Editing by Richard Pearson
Production Design by Stefan Dechant, Steve Christensen
Assistant Director Alexander H. Gayner, Richard Graves
Director of Special Effects Nina Laureles, Amit George Kuruvilla
James Conrad, Tracker Tom Hiddleston
Preston Packard, Colonel Samuel L. Jackson
Mason Weaver, Photojournalist Brie Larson
Hank Marlow, Former Lieutenant John C. Reilly
Bill Randa, Monarch Official John Goodman
Houston Brooks, Monarch Geologist Corey Hawkins
Glenn Mills, Sky Devils Warrant Officer Jason Mitchell
Earl Cole, Sky Devils Captain Shea Whigham
Reg Slivko, Sky Devils Warrant Officer Thomas Mann
Jack Chapman, Sky Devils Toby Kebbell
Victor Nieves, Landsat Official John Ortiz
Reles, Sky Devils Warrant Officer Eugene Cordero
Steve Woodward, Landsat Employee Marc Evan Jackson
Willis, Senator Richard Jenkins
San, Monarch Biologist Tian Jing
O'Brien, Secretary Allyn Rachel
Gunpei Ikari, Zero Pilot Miyavi
Athena Captain Robert Taylor
Marlow's Son Will Brittain
Marlow's Wife Beth Kennedy
Chinook Pilots Peter Karinen, Brian Sacca
Iwi Tribe Keisuke Akizawa, Ann Duong, Christine Milo


Box Office

Release Date: March 25th, 2017 (Japan)
Opening Weekend: ¥396,398,792 / $3,560,255 (Japan, 676 Theaters)

Release Date: March 10th, 2017 (US)
Budget: $185,000,000 (US)
Opening Weekend: $61,025,472 (US, 3846 Theaters)

DVDs and Blu-rays

United States Region 1 Kong: Skull Island Warner Bros. (2017) Order
Japan Region 2 King Kong: Giant God of Skull Island Warner Bros. (2017)  
United States Blu-Ray Kong: Skull Island Warner Bros. (2017) Order
United States Blu-Ray Kong: Skull Island 3D Warner Bros. (2017) Order
United States Blu-Ray Kong: Skull Island 4K Warner Bros. (2017) Order
United States Blu-Ray Kong: Skull Island 4K + 3D Warner Bros. (2017)  
Japan Blu-ray King Kong: Giant God of Skull Island Warner Bros. (2017)  
Japan Blu-ray King Kong: Giant God of Skull Island 4K Warner Bros. (2017)  

CD Soundtracks

Background and Trivia

  • Was not produced or distributed by Toho. However, it is part of the same cinematic universe as Godzilla (2014) and features Toho copyrighted characters.
  • Was originally to be produced and distributed by Universal and Legendary Pictures. However, the film was moved to Warner Bros., where the earlier Legendary Pictures' Godzilla film was produced. This was announced in September of 2016 by Deadline.
  • The film is the second in Legendary Pictures' "MonsterVerse" cinematic universe, although takes place before the first entry in the series, Godzilla (2014).
  • Kong: Skull Island utilizes a lot of music that would have been contemporary to 1973. This music, not featured on the commercail soundtrack, includes: David Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust", Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Run Through the Jungle", Vera Lynn's "We'll Meet Again", The Chambers Brothers' "Time Has Come Today", Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit", The Hollies' "Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)", The Stooges' "Down On The Street", Black Sabbath's "Paranoia", Jorge Ben Jor's "Brother" and Minh Xuan's "Mat Troi Den". In addition, Creedence Clearwater Revival's 1969 song "Bad Moon Rising", which was used heavily in trailers, is also featured.
  • Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts originally pitched a much different opening to the movie, which he revealed during an Empire podcast. The director originally desired to have a more elaborate World War II sequence that involved a full squad on the beach killing each other before being interrupted by a giant ape, which was intentionally to look like King Kong from the 2005 Peter Jackson film. In response, the soldiers were going to kill the ape, to which the director hoped the audience would respond with: "Wait, did they just kill King Kong? Did they kill the hero of this film?". However, this was to be followed with a loud roar as the real, much bigger King Kong was to emerge. The director wanted to send a message with the opening that this wasn't like other Kong movies, but the studio ditched the idea.
  • According to actor J.K. Simmons during an interview with MTV, the movie was going to be set and filmed in Detroit. The time period was also established as 1971. Simmons, who was at one time attached to the project, eventually left due to scheduling conflicts. The final film changed in several ways after his departure, moving to 1973 and was no longer set in Detroit, while filming happened in Hawaii, Australia and Vietnam.
  • When interviewed by the Detroit Free Press, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts related that the first script he saw was actually based in 1917. Vogt-Roberts balked at this idea, and mentioned his response was similar to "I don't know why we need to tell this story, why audiences want to see this."
  • The opening to the film was at one time going to use vector graphics as an homage to the period. This was decided against in part as the various companies didn't want their logos heavily modified. This information is noted during director Jordan Vogt-Roberts' commentary found on the Kong: Skull Island DVD.
  • Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has likened the Iwi language, the written designs that they paint, as "riffing off" elements of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess game. This is most likely referencing the Twilight Realm. This inspiration is cited on the director's commentary from the Kong: Skull Island DVD.
  • At one time, the Iwi's fortification wall was going to be created from boat parts, utilizing the many ships that had crashed there. Ultimately a wooden design with spikes was chosen instead. This unused idea was brought up during director Jordan Vogt-Roberts' commentary found on the Kong: Skull Island DVD.
  • Gunpei Ikari's name is a nod to Gunpei Yokoi, creator of the Metroid series and original designer of the Game Boy, and Shinji Ikari, the character from Neon Genesis Evangelion. The fact is cited during director Jordan Vogt-Roberts' commentary on the Kong: Skull Island DVD.
  • The triangle design on Gunpei Ikari's sword is a reference to the blade from Princess Mononoke (1997). This detail is mentioned during director Jordan Vogt-Roberts' commentary found on the Kong: Skull Island DVD.
  • The name of the makeshift boat that Hank Marlow and Gunpei Ikari construct is called the Grey Fox, a reference to Metal Gear Solid according to director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. This trivia is noted on the director's commentary on the Kong: Skull Island DVD.
  • Originally, the Iwi villagers were to have aggressively chased the group away, with them escaping on the Grey Fox. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts felt this didn't fit with the villagers. So they went with something that showed off more how enlightened they were, having a silent goodbye with Hank Marlow before the outsiders sail off on the makeshift boat. The fact is cited during the director's commentary on the Kong: Skull Island DVD.
  • Kong: Skull Island was nominated in the best visual effects category for the 2018 Academy Awards.

Concept Art


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March 2, 2017
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March 13, 2017
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March 20, 2017