Step aside, Peter Jackson, there’s a new King in town.
The filmmaker, who directed 2005’s King Kong, was asked to weigh in on the newly announced King Kong reboot Skull Island, from Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures. It’s rumored that Joe Cornish is the top choice to direct, but as with most Legendary-associated projects, Guillermo del Toro is a name floated around by fans.
In an interview with Collider, Jackson gave his thoughts on Skull Island, and what he would think of del Toro as director; the two filmmakers have history, of course, having collaborated on The Hobbit series before del Toro moved on.
“If Guillermo did King Kong, that would be great. That would be fantastic,” Jackson said. “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.”
It doesn’t seem likely that del Toro will direct Skull Island, if for no other reason than his already incredibly busy slate. But Jackson’s views on rebooting King Kong (a film he himself rebooted, and a film that had already been rebooted before his involvement), and on movie reboots in general, are still pretty interesting.
Whether it’s Cornish or del Toro, someone will be chosen to direct Skull Island in the near future; the film is due in theaters on Nov. 4, 2016.