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Kong: Skull Island Helmer on Early Drafts and Vietnam War-Era Setting

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Kong: Skull Island Helmer on Early Drafts and Vietnam War-Era Setting

Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts recently revealed some behind-the-scenes information in Empire magazine about the upcoming film “Kong: Skull Island” along with never-before-seen concept art.

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In the concept art, we see the titular monster surrounded by what appears to be a napalm-infused inferno, presumably meant to evoke images of the Vietnam War, which is the backdrop of the upcoming film.

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Roberts discussed how earlier drafts of the film were quite different before he successfully convinced Legendary Pictures to have the story set during Vietnam. In fact, according to Roberts, the original idea was to have the movie set almost a century in the past, saying, “…the script I first read took place in 1917. But when I started talking to the Legendary [Entertainment] guys, I was thinking, ‘What weird King Kong movie would I want to see?’ So I pitched them the Vietnam War connection, literally thinking they were gonna laugh me out of the room. And to Legendary’s credit, they said, ‘Cool. Let’s figure it out.'”

Given the trailers and images we’ve seen so far, Roberts’ vision seems to compliment the ferocity and power of the character quite well.

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“Kong: Skull Island” is slated for release in theaters nationwide March 10, 2017.

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