How The New “Kong” & “Tarzan” Will Differ

In the next two years, two key characters from the dawn of cinema who have been rebooted several times before will be making yet another big screen appearance – King Kong and Tarzan.

“Kong: Skull Island” features a human expedition venturing to the mysterious island of prehistoric creatures where the King of the Apes resides. Speaking at the premiere of “Crimson Peak” this week, ‘Kong’ leading man Tom Hiddleston tells Variety that the film will feature one crucial change from both the original classic and Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake:

It’s not set in the ’30s. There’s no movie director with a map. There’s no out-of-work actress down on her luck. All of that stuff is respected, we’re just trying to do something new with the myth because Kong is an icon of movies. I think he’s someone people want to see again.”

Hiddleston however did not confirm if the film is initially set in Detroit in the 1970s like rumors have suggested. He did acknowledge though that he’s headed out to begin production on the film early next week.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. Pictures has already wrapped production on its new big-budget live-action “Tarzan” film which stars the likes of Alexander Sarsgaard, Margot Robbie and Christoph Waltz. Waltz briefly spoke about the film and suggests that it will stay pretty true to the original Edgar Rice Burrough’s novel:

“It’s just a different story. It doesn’t modernize it, it doesn’t reinterpret it. There are aspects that are modern in as much it is modernized dramatic aspects, and story aspects. It’s slightly politicized; I mean, you know, the social context and historical. Actually you know there are – it’s anchored in historical facts. So there’s a difference already. Other than that, I haven’t seen the movie.”

The news comes as an article in this week’s The Hollywood Reporter suggests the studio is nervous about the project as director David Yates still has several months of post-production work to oversee on the film. However, Yates has apparently put it aside to shoot the “Harry Potter” spin-off “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them” which began filming in August.

Will he have enough time to finish that shoot and then supervise post-production on both films ahead of their July and November 2016 release dates respectively?