For a gigantic ape who's usually worshipped as a god, Kong was surprisingly bashful in the first trailer for Skull Island. However, it seems that the Eighth Wonder of the World has finally gained some confidence, if this first official look at the creature is anything to go by.
In an interview with EW, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) drew the attention away from the admittedly stellar cast, which includes the likes of Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, and John Goodman, bringing things back to Kong himself.
In our first official glimpse of the beast, Kong looks just as intimidating as the trailer suggested, baring his teeth with all of the animalistic rage that we were hoping for. After all, we doubt that those chompers would remain satisfied with bananas for long.
Check out the official Kong: Skull Island trailer below for a reminder of who the real King is:
Of course, there have been numerous versions of Kong before, so director Vogt-Roberts breaks down exactly where his inspiration for the big beast came from:
"With Kong, there’s been obviously so many different versions of him in the past and ours needed to feel unique to our film. 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."
King Kong may have been tackled most recently by Peter Jackson in the 2005 reboot, but the giant ape became iconic long before then, so it made sense for Vogt-Roberts to hearken back to the original film from 1933:
"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."
It's not obvious to the casual observer/non-monkey enthusiast, but Vogt-Roberts also reveals that King Kong's first cinematic outing influenced the color of his ape's fur:
"There’s subtle nods. [The ’33 film] was black and white, so it’s really easy to assume that the fur on the monkey is black, but there’s actually a lot of forums and things that you read and there’s some real poster artwork where Kong’s fur skews more brownish, so we actually pushed his fur in more of a brown as opposed to the traditional black. It really was trying to create this feeling so that when these humans look up at him, they hopefully have a visceral response, saying to themselves, ‘That’s a God, I’m looking at a God."
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While we're not sure that a God would be so specific about the color of his coat, it's hard to deny that this version of Kong is the most imposing yet. However, until a new trailer comes out, we have little else to go on, so let's hold out hope that Vogt-Roberts can restore Kong to his rightful place as King of the Jungle.
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Source — EW