Peter Jackson Thinks Guillermo del Toro Should Direct 'Skull Island'
Following the surprising but also confusing Skull Island announcement by Legendary Pictures at Comic-Con last week, news surfaced that Attack the Block director Joe Cornish has an offer to be at the helm of the next monster film from Universal Pictures, telling a new origin of King Kong. While there's no indication of whether Cornish will take the gig (he already turned down Star Trek 3), director Peter Jackson, who brought the giant gorilla to life in his 2005 remake of the 1930s classic, thinks that Guillermo del Toro should be the one bringing Kong back to the big screen. But that's just one opinion.
Here's what Jackson told Collider when asked about the surprise project:
I don’t know anything about it. I’m hearing it from you, for the first time. I would look forward to it. If Guillermo did King Kong, that would be great. That would be fantastic. I’ll be there on the first day, and will help him with anything he needs. I’ve always wondered, if in my lifetime, whether we’re going to see The Lord of the Rings film remade, or The Hobbit remade. How long will it actually last or survive until someone remakes it? It will be interesting to see. But with Kong, we were the ones who remade it for the third time.
What's really interesting about this is there was some confusion in Hall H following the announcement, because Legendary head honcho Thomas Tull made a passing remark about seeing what Guillermo del Toro was up to after finishing Pacific Rim 2 just before playing the Skull Island announcement teaser. But it appears he may have just been talking about del Toro's question to fans in Hall H about whether or not they wanted to see Hellboy 3 and At the Mountains of Madness. Anyway, Jackson isn't the only one who thinks del Toro is the perfect man for the job.
Master motion-capture actor Andy Serkis, the man who spectacularly brought King Kong to life in Jackson's film, agreed with the del Toro desire, "I didn’t even realize there was another version being made. Guillermo is a great director, so I’m sure he’ll make an extraordinary film.” It sounds like he might have misconstrued the question and assumed that del Toro was already lined up to direct, but there's no denying that what he says is true. We'd love to see del Toro tackle Skull Island, especially if it might lead to a Godzilla vs. King Kong movie, which he could just as easily direct. It's just a dream for now, but stay tuned.