Months after we were tantalized, and terrorized, by the first glimpses of King Kong, enshrouded in fog and shadow, the gargantuan beast has been brought into the sunlight in a new image from "Kong: Skull Island."
The movie still arrives courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, where director Jordan Vogt-Roberts ("The Kings of Summer") offers insight into the Legendary Pictures origin story.
"With Kong, there’s been obviously so many different versions of him in the past and ours needed to feel unique to our film," he explains. "I had a mandate that I wanted a kid to be able to doodle him on the back of a piece of homework and for his shapes to be simple and hopefully iconic enough that, like, a third grader could draw that shape and you would know what it is. A big part of our Kong was I wanted to make something that gave the impression that he was a lonely God, he was a morose figure, lumbering around this island. We sort of went back to the 1933 version in the sense that he’s a bipedal creature that walks in an upright position, as opposed to the anthropomorphic, anatomically correct silverback gorilla that walks on all fours. Our Kong was intended to say, like, this isn’t just a big gorilla or a big monkey. This is something that is its own species. It has its own set of rules, so we can do what we want and we really wanted to pay homage to what came before…and yet do something completely different."
Set in the 1970s, the film centers on a team of explorers brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific, unaware they’re crossing into the domain of the mythic Kong.
Opening March 10, 2017, “Kong: Skull Island” stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, Jason Mitchell, Corey Hawkins, Toby Kebbell, Tom Wilkinson, Terry Notary, John Goodman and John C. Reilly.