A new interview with Kong: Skull Island's lead actor, Tom Hiddleston has revealed that the messages and undertones present in Skull Island will echo very strongly with the messages and themes present throughout Gareth Edwards' Godzilla (2014). We already know Skull Island will take place in the same cinematic universe as Godzilla which eventually leads to their epic clash in 2020, but it seems the story-line for King Kong itself is completely new and Kong himself will act as somewhat of a blood-relative to Godzilla. Instead of King Kong being a new wonder of the world - he will act like an unstoppable force of nature, much like Godzilla did in Legendary's adaptation.
“It’s cool, it’s gonna be new this time,” says Hiddleston. “Kong was a change, to play a heroic protagonist—having never really played that role before—in a massive movie. And Jordan’s vision for it is really unique: completely different time period, different story, and Kong like you’ve never seen him before. There is no young movie actress, there is no film director. It’s a re-imagining of it.”
“There’s a little extra social commentary, but it feels fresh,” he adds. “The myth behind it is more about the necessity of man’s humility in the face of nature. We keep thinking we can build a better world than nature. I’m not sure that we can.”
Following Kong: Skull Island will be Godzilla 2 in 2018, which will feature the introduction of Mothra, Rodan and Ghidorah. In 2020, King Kong and Godzilla will do battle.
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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