Tom Hiddleston Heads to 'Skull Island' for 'Kings of Summer' Director

September 16, 2014

Tom Hiddleston

At Comic-Con this past summer, Legendary Pictures made a surprise announcement regarding development of an action adventure called Skull Island, a film that was said to explore the "cinematic origins" of King Kong. Since then, we've heard that Attack the Block director Joe Cornish was being courted to be at the helm, and 2005's King Kong director Peter Jackson suggested that Guillermo del Toro should direct the film. But instead, a press release from Legendary has announced that Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts will be at the helm of the film, and Thor franchise star Tom Hiddleston is in talks to lead.

Here's Jordan Vogt-Roberts following up on the announcement with his excitement on Twitter:

Considering the film from Legendary and Universal Pictures is already slated for release on November 4th. 2016, we imagine this will push back Vogt-Roberts' plans to direct the video game adaptation Metal Gear Solid. There was some confusion and seemingly a lack of enthusiasm for the project when it was announced at Comic-Con, but with Vogt-Roberts on board to direct (he's got style and vision) and a great actor Hiddleston coming on board to star, this is sure to be something cool to keep an eye on. The question is whether it will lead to a Godzilla and King Kong confrontation down the road and what other kind of dangers we'll see on Skull Island this time around. Anyone excited?

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yes! if it as good as King Kong from Peter Jackson I am in!

Avi on Sep 16, 2014


This is great news. Hiddleston is deservedly blowing up a bit, having Crimson Peak, Skull Island, future Thor movies and plenty more on the way. Before we know it Del Toro will cast him in the Pacific Rim sequel. But this really CAN'T lead to a King Kong vs Godzilla film. Legendary still has involvement with Godzilla, but the property stayed with WB when Legendary went to Universal...they didn't bring it with them like they did Pacific Rim. So Skull Island and Pacific Rim 2 are going to be Universal releases, but Godzilla 2 is staying with WB. I mean, I wouldn't say it is 100% impossible, since Legendary seems to still have their hands in the Godzilla franchise to some degree...I would just say it is highly unlikely.

Chris Groves on Sep 16, 2014


Chicka-chicka-yeah! KINGS OF SUMMER was an amazing spectacle of angsty teenagers. Dig it. Vogt-Roberts is exploding!

DAVIDPD on Sep 16, 2014

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