Given all the buzz surround Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice over the weekend, a few interesting Comic Con highlights slipped by without much fanfare. Legendary Pictures are planning a King Kong prequel of sorts with Skull Island, the announcement was accompanied by a short film that showed harrowing first person footage of a boat ride to the infamous homestead of King Kong. The news itself triggered a speculation explosion with many believing this is all leading to the inevitable smack down between Godzilla and King Kong.
Potential monster mash-ups aside, Deadline has reported that Legendary are keen on Joe Cornish (Attack The Block) to direct the movie with Godzilla writer Max Borenstein on board to draft the script. Cornish might only have directed one film so far, but that hasn’t prevented him from getting big studio offers. His high profile work with Edgar Wright on the Ant-Man script likely played a part, well that and Attack The Block was ruddy brilliant. Earlier this year Cornish was briefly considered for Star Trek 3 even if nothing came of it, he’s also been mentioned as Universal’s top choice to helm their MI6 drama Section 6.
Skull Island will be the first big screen reworking of King King since Peter Jackson’s movie in 2005, for my liking they spent too long getting to the island and not enough time on it once they had got there. That middle hour of Jackson’s King Kong is a creepy mysterious island filled with horrors, it might just be me but I would gladly sit through three hours of exploration on Skull Island. This new version promises to go where no other Kong movie has gone before.
“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.”
Joe Cornish has yet to decide what his next directorial project will be, with Skull Island’s release date already set for November 4, 2016 I think it’s fair to assume we’ll know either way, sooner rather than later.