Warner Brothers and Legendary just debuted the first trailer for Kong: Skull Island at San Diego Comic-Con moments ago and thankfully, unlike previous years, they have released the same footage to the general public as well!
We will be uploading a ton of screenshots soon, so be sure to check back for those! In the meantime, enjoy the first trailer and let us know what you think in the comments section!
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Kong: Skull Island is a new King Kong film set in the new Legendary / Warner Brothers / Universal Pictures Kaiju cinematic universe. Acting as a blood relative and somewhat of a sequel to 2014's Godzilla, Skull Island will introduce King Kong like never before.
In March 2017, the producers of Godzilla transport audiences to the birthplace of one of the most powerful monster myths of all in KONG: SKULL ISLAND, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures.
When a scientific expedition to an uncharted island awakens titanic forces of nature, a mission of discovery becomes an explosive war between monster and man. Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly star in a thrilling and original new adventure that reveals the untold story of how Kong became King.
Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Kong: Skull Island's release date is March 10th, 2017.
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Looks like the rumors that Goodman's character may have some ties to Monarch could be true. Jackson's character seems to be filling in for Cranston's, "I WANT THE TRUTH" character. Oh please, oh please don't give the gifted Tom Hiddleston a flat role...
I DO like how Toho-esque this Kong looks--Standing upright like he did in the original King Kong vs. Godzilla and King Kong Escapes.
That was a really good teaser. Just enough to pique my interest (not that it wasn't already)! I'm really hoping this delivers and does well, as well as G2, so we can see those two go at it. I'm a huge KK fan, and the '33 and '05 Kongs are two of my favorite movies, period, so I'm looking forward to this.
Not me. I understand toho's use of it due to having to put a guy in it(although I think kong looked horrible in KKvsG, probably the worst he's ever looked to me), but something as unrestrained as cgi would have been better to make him more apelike.
To be fair, he wasn't on his knuckles very much in the original 1933. He was a little in King Kong Lives and way, way too much in Peter Jackson's flick.
I think the bipedal look gives him more character and separates the "normal ape" out of Kong. One of the many problems with Jackson's version was that it was little more than an overgrown silverback gorilla. It didn't look like it had any prehistoric ties, it just looked like a normal animal shot with Rick Moranis's machine from Honey I Blew Up the Kid.
Kong needs to look and act different. My only complaint so far is that the forehead doesn't have that pointed, egg-shape to it. That really enhanced the unique look of the monster and is something I'm glad Toho hung on to for at least King Kong Escapes.
@GMan, yes! Gorosaurus! That would be something else to see.
I also prefer the bipedal look of King Kong. As mentioned above, Jackson's Kong seemed like an overgrown Gorilla, instead of a mystical/prehistoric phenomenon. I'm quite happy with the route Legendary and WB took with Kong's design. Can't wait to see more!
@Durp - I'm willing to bet we'll see him on his knuckles as well, but the end game is to pit him against Godzilla, so his being able to stand upright probably works better toward that end. Agreed on the look of Kong in KKVsG. I don't think Tsuburaya or the suits were overly happy with the look either, but given that they were constantly squeezed budget and time-wise, they did the best they could. I still love that movie though, and I believe it remains the most attended G-film of all time in Japan. I don't think that record will be broken.
Just to be clear, regardless of look/design every version of Kong has acted different. Gorillas, although they could tear any of us limb from limb, are not known for their aggression or fighting, and they are terrestrial animals. They're not avid climbers! All the Kongs have been far from normal over-sized Gorillas, certainly in how the behave.
The look he has in the poster does make him look more hunched than the trailer shot would appear. The original kong usually stood straight up when he was about to beat on his chest to look intimidating, or fight something. Maybe that's what happens in the shot we see rather than him just walking around and stumbling into them
The helicopters are moving in on him and he's standing to face them head on. Kong is a giant gorilla, any way you want to slice it. It's really in the majesty of seeing this creature and how he acts that separates him. I'm not living or dying on him being upright or walking more like a gorilla. It's really about seeing the power of this creature and what he does. I've loved every version of Kong (even '76).
@Durp - True. You know there aren't just going be your garden variety dinosaurs co-habitating with the big guy. There will probably be connections to G, and that will be fun to see. I'm glad it's only months and not years before we get to see this.
God, I love that CC 2012 teaser. I never get tired of that. I can watch that over and over. I can't say that about the movie. Yeah, they need to generate excitement over this. This and G2's box office will determine whether we see this battle of giants. Not a foregone conclusion.
I think a lot of it weighs on this movie tbh. Seems they brought in a lot of big stars for it, for G14 we got Cranston right off Breaking Bad, but that was really the only super high profile signing. Some might throw Ken Watanabe in there as well, but this movie has a little more star power behind it.
Maybe given his history the studio has a little more faith in Kong being able to sell.
I'm nervous because of Jackson's KK underperforming in theaters, and the low B.O. of Pacific Rim in the states. KK went on to do very well on DVD and Blu-ray and PR killed it in China, which helped to buoy both films. G14 got people excited initially, but ended up a mixed bag with a lot of viewers. Coupled with the long time until part 2 comes out you're right in that this needs to be successful. It does have a great cast, but G14 had some heavy hitters as well. They just didn't do much with them. Here's hoping these characters are compelling.
Peter Jackson's may have underperformed based on projected views, and the huge budget it had but it was still pretty successful BO wise, just not necessarily opening weekend. I mean I consider the 1976 Kong the worst of the remakes(i don't count tohos in this), but it killed its box office despite mixed reviews.
I think Max Borenstein is still doing the screenplay, but they had other people come in fortunately, so maybe they can repair any characters, or lackthereof from him. He's really strange in that Cranston's character was great, but no one else was even close making me wonder if he was written by someone else and Borenstein just didn't change it.
KoldWarKid62, Seeing as blockbusters earlier in the year tend to do better than films later in the summer, (particularly in August, although July hasn't been that lucrative this year) I'm not too worried about Kong.
Legendary's deal with Wanda pretty much guarantees it will play in China which is growing in box office dominance yearly. At this point, particularly for Legendary, China is the box office to look at as far as the movie making money.
China tends to love their giant robot and monster movies, and because those sell best in the territory, it's no surprise that pretty much all of Legendary's upcoming flicks dance in that genre: Kong: Skull Island, The Great Wall, Pacific Rim 2, Godzilla 2 and Kong vs. Godzilla.
And I would bet anything Warcraft gets a sequel. Sure it flopped in the US with only $47 million, but overall worldwide? The movie has made $433 million on a $160 million budget. China made up over $220 million of that. Legendary and Wanda would be crazy not to make a sequel and target it at China.
So basically if US and Canadian audiences don't show up to these movies, we know there's a proven territory where numbers will flock to them. The rest of Legendary's monster movies will make more money in China. I can all but guarantee it.
Trailer looks awesome! I love how huge and epic King Kong looks in this. I also like how John Goodman and Sam Jackson are going to both be it. Let's hop that this movie is good so that we can see a future King Kong vs Godzilla movie!
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