The new King Kong has been revealed in a new photo from “Kong: Skull Island” released by Warner Bros. Pictures today as part of a cover story for EW.
Jordan Vogt-Roberts helms the reboot of the property which takes place in the 1970s during the Vietnam War. Tom Hiddleston stars as a British Special Forces vet while Brie Larson plays a war photographer. Their group stumbles upon Kong himself while exploring the titular Skull Island.
Vogt-Roberts talked about the design of the character which he says is very akin to the 1933 version and something fairly simple and clean in design:
“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.”
Vogt-Roberts also says there are two things he tried to avoided. The first is that they didn’t want to tell the same basic ‘beauty and the beast’ story again that all of the other main ‘Kong’ films have. The other is that this Kong will be front and center on screen and won’t be just teased like the creatures in “Jaws” and Gareth Edwards’ “Godzilla” remake:
“I wanted to tell a movie about what happens when people are re-confronted with myths and put back into the food chain and how that makes them react and behave and I think that Kong is a myth that we have been telling now, so if you’re going to re-engage with that myth I think it’s important on a larger scale, but also on a franchise scale that you make it [a new myth].
Every other Kong movie for the most part has essentially been – yeah, there’s been Son of Kong and King Kong Lives and things like that – but the main sort of Kong stories throughout time have been remakes of the same beauty and the beast story, and this movie is not the beauty and the beast story. It’s sort of fundamentally a new telling within some of the mythos of this world and some of the imagery and ideas within this world.
We’re also fundamentally not playing the same game that Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla did and most monster movies do, which I’m sort of sick of the notion that a monster movie needs to wait an hour or 40 minutes until the creature shows up.
Kong traditionally does not show up in these movies until very, very late, and the monster traditionally does not show up until very, very late in a monster movie, so a lot of these movies tend to have this structure that’s a bit of a slow burn. Something about this movie made me want to reject that and play a very, very different game.”
“Kong: Skull Island” is slated to open in cinemas on March 10th 2017 with a new trailer due in the next few weeks..