Entertainment Weekly released an exclusive look at Kong from Kong: Skull Island with an interview from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts about the direction he took this incarnation of the iconic beast.
In Peter Jackson's 2005 version Kong was modeled after modern gorillas, particularly silverbacks. Vogt-Roberts opted to go for the more fanciful and movie-monster approach:
"We sort of went back to the 1933 version in the sense that he’s a bipedal creature that walks in an upright position, as opposed to the anthropomorphic, anatomically correct silverback gorilla that walks on all fours. Our Kong was intended to say, like, this isn’t just a big gorilla or a big monkey. This is something that is its own species. It has its own set of rules."
Vogt-Roberts also acknowledged Kong's fur is brown, coincidentally the same color Toho's Kong was in 1962 and 1967. And for those worried that Kong: Skull Island will play hide-and-seek with its title creature like Godzilla '14--He's got you covered:
"We’re also fundamentally not playing the same game that Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla did and most monster movies do, which I’m sort of sick of the notion that a monster movie needs to wait an hour or 40 minutes until the creature shows up."
Read the full interview on Entertainment Weekly here.
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Kong: Skull Island March 10th, 2017
More about Kong: Skull Island (movie)
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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