King Kong Revealed in New Image From Kong: Skull Island

Monkey business.


King Kong will make a return to theaters next year, when Kong: Skull Island is released. The latest version of the legendary giant ape has been revealed in a new image from the movie, which comes via Entertainment Weekly. Check it out below:

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Kong: Skull Island stars Thor's Tom Hiddleston, Oscar-winner Brie Larson, Samuel L Jackson, and John Goodman, with Jordan Vogt-Roberts directing. A first teaser was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con in the summer--check it out here. A viral site allowing fans to explore the island is also online, while a recent poster conceals various secrets about the titular island.

In an interview with EW, Vogt-Roberts spoke about the challenges of depicting Kong, and how he would differ from previous movies. "There's been obviously so many different versions of him in the past and ours needed to feel unique to our film," he said. "I had a mandate that I wanted a kid to be able to doodle him on the back of a piece of homework, and for his shapes to be simple and hopefully iconic enough that, like, a third grader could draw that shape and you would know what it is. A big part of our Kong was I wanted to make something that gave the impression that he was a lonely God, he was a morose figure, lumbering around this island.

"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, so we can do what we want."

In December 2015, it was announced that the film would form part of an ongoing monster movie series. Following the success of 2014's Godzilla, producers Legendary have teamed up with Warner to create a "shared cinematic franchise" that will also include Godzilla 2 in 2018 and Godzilla Vs Kong in 2020.

Kong: Skull Island arrives on March 10, 2017.

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