'Attack the Block' Director Has an Offer for Legendary's 'Skull Island'
by Ethan Anderton
July 29, 2014
Over the weekend at Comic-Con, one of the surprise announcements that came from the Legendary Pictures panel was the reveal of Skull Island, a film that was said to will explore the "cinematic origins" of King Kong." Since Universal set a release date of November 4th, 2016, that means they're in the midst of lining up a director for the film, and Deadline reports an offer is currently out to Attack the Block helmer Joe Cornish to direct the film written by Godzilla remake writer Max Borenstein. This is far from a done deal, especially since Cornish has been offered plenty of blockbusters and turned them down. More below!
One of the more recent projects that Cornish decided not to take was Star Trek 3, which has since been handed over to Roberto Orci. And following his experience with Ant-Man, which resulted in the departure of himself and director Edgar Wright, we can't imagine Cornish is keen on getting back in the studio franchise system again. He was also being eyed for the British intelligence spy thriller Section 6, but that has fallen to the wayside as well. We're not sure what kind of project Cornish is looking for, but Skull Island doesn't really seem to be like the best fit.
Speaking of Skull Island, were surprised Universal is so keen on this project, and decided to use it as their "one last thing" reveal at Comic-Con. The folks at SlashFilm just did a rundown of why the crowd reaction was so confused and muddled when the teaser trailer announced the project, and it seems to stem from expectations of projects that we would have already been excited about like Pacific Rim 2 or Jurassic World. Anyway, if Legendary can make Godzilla work again, there's a chance that a new take on King Kong could be solid as well. But we'll have to wait and see.