Comic-Con 2014: Legendary Reveals King Kong Project 'Skull Island'
by Ethan Anderton
July 26, 2014
While many were hoping for some footage from Jurassic World to close out the Legendary Pictures panel at Comic-Con today, instead the audience was treated to a surprise teaser trailer for a project that we hadn't heard of at all before. Now that Legendary has successfully brought Godzilla back to the big screen in a successful way, their new home at Universal Pictures wants to use their power to inject new life into King Kong. The teaser shown soared through choppy waters and to a rainy island while an ominous voiceover alluded to a dark, mysterious place. And that's when the monstrous ape appears, roaring and thumping his chest before the title Skull Island appears. So what the hell is this surprise at Legendary?
A press release reveals that it's inspired by the titular cinematic location, and will explore the "cinematic origins" of King Kong. So that means there's no real ties to Universal's King Kong that Peter Jackson directed back in 2005, but it certainly sounds like the studio is keen to bring the infamous gorilla back to the big screen. Is there a chance we could be leading up to some kind of crossover between Godzilla and King Kong? It doesn't sound completely out of the question, but at this point, we just don't know what to expect. Legendary says they're interested in "staying and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place" and hope to "take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions." The film is slated for release on November 6th. 2016.