After the successes of Pacific Rim and Godzilla, the folks in charge of the geek-friendly production company Legendary Entertainment seem to have found their formula: More movies like Pacific Rim and Godzilla. That means more big giant monsters smashing stuff, and in the realm of big giant monsters smashing stuff there’s really just one other name that matters: King Kong. And at Comic-Con last weekend, Legendary announced they had added everyone’s favorite blonde-fetishist-gorilla to their portfolio by revealing their plans for a movie titled Skull Island, set on the mysterious isle where Kong makes his home.
In a series of tweets, Legendary promised that the film will reveal “the cinematic origins” of King Kong, a deviation from previous Kong films which traditionally follow the humans who find him on Skull Island and then bring him to civilization. Legendary’s film will instead “explore the mysterious and dangerous” island, and explain how Kong came to be (I’m guessing it has something to do with a bite from a radioactive gorilla). Via the Huffington Post, here is the official plot description:
“Previous works have touched on the island, but staying and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions. The film will be released on November 4, 2016.”
So Skull Island has a plot synopsis, a release date, and a teaser, which played at Comic-Con and reportedly concluded with a shot of King Kong himself beating his chest. But it doesn’t yet have a director, because really, why do you need a director when you have a killer premise and a cool Comic-Con teaser? (Also: if there’s no Skull Island director, who directed the Skull Island teaser?)
At their Comic-Con panel, Legendary also announced that Godzilla director Gareth Edwards will return for a sequel after he finishes his work on his upcoming Star Wars spinoff film, which is due in theaters in December of 2016. After that, what do you think: A new King Kong Versus Godzilla? It seems like a no brainer.