Everyone’s favorite giant teddy bear ape, King Kong, is returning for a cinematic encore when Kong: Skull Island will beat its massive chest on the big screen in early 2017. The man helming the blockbuster movie, Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer), promises everything will be bigger in the movie reboot.
Skull Island -- which won’t feature the beauty-and-the-beast storyline that was a staple of the previous movies (aww) -- takes place in the 1970s and stars Tom Hiddleston as an ex-British SAS tracker and Oscar winner Brie Larson as a war photographer. You can get an idea of just how massive the scale will be in this first official image of Larson and Hiddleston in what looks like a boneyard. So, just how big can we expect Kong to be in the movie?
Here’s what Vogt-Roberts told Entertainment Weekly:
“From the size of the skull, you can tell that things on this island are much bigger than audiences are used to with traditional Kong lore. Our Kong is by far the biggest Kong that you’ve seen on screen, and that translates to a lot of different things on the island. In terms of actual size, our Kong is by far the biggest Kong. Peter Jackson’s Kong was around 25 feet. The ‘33 Kong ranged between 25 feet and 50 feet, I want to say he was 50-plus feet when he was on the Empire State Building. He varied in size dramatically! The ’70s Kong was somewhere between them. The thing that most interested me was, how big do you need to make [Kong], so that when someone lands on this island and doesn’t believe in the idea of myth, the idea of wonder – when we live in a world of social and civil unrest, and everything is crumbling around us, and technology and facts are taking over – how big does this creature need to be, so that when you stand on the ground and you look up at it, the only thing that can go through your mind is: ‘That’s a god.’”
Until the first trailer finally comes out (crossing my fingers for it to be released during next week's SDCC), the picture below can give us an impressive idea of the scale of the giant ape.
Also starring Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Tobby Kebbell and John C. Reilly, Kong: Skull Island opens in movie theaters on March 10, 2017.