ByBrooke Geller, writer at Creators.co
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A big part of what will undoubtedly make Kong: Skull Island so memorable is its 1970s tropical jungle aesthetic. Seeing Kong silhouetted against the warm haze of a Vietnamese sunset is an image that viewers aren't going to forget anytime soon. It's also a setting that helped distance the reboot from its previous incarnations and established its own unique tone.

Of course, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts was able to bring that vision to life thanks to one incredible concept artist: Eddie Del Rio.

This Looks Familiar

Vogt-Roberts was obviously pretty keen on Del Rio's ideas. Some of 's most memorable shots look like they leapt right off the page and onto the big screen— including that epic sword scene:

[Credit: Eddie Del Rio]
[Credit: Eddie Del Rio]

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What We Didn't See In The Movie

As io9 pointed out, some of the pieces show Kong perched on a monstrous throne, indicating an original storyline that involved Kong being worshipped by the human inhabitants of the island:

[Credit: Eddie Del Rio]
[Credit: Eddie Del Rio]

Nevertheless, the studio stayed true to Del Rio's vision, adhering to his neon color scheme for Skull Island's official posters:

[Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]
[Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]

A Seasoned Pro

Del Rio's made quite the name for himself as a concept artist. He's previously worked for Lucasfilm, did the concept art for Steven Spielberg's upcoming movie adaptation of cult sci-fi novel Ready Player One, and even created the concept art for the pitch that secured the go-ahead for the studio:

[Credit: Eddie Del Rio]
[Credit: Eddie Del Rio]

Suffice to say, Del Rio's probably going to continue to produce some stellar concept art for future films.

What did you think of Kong: Skull Island's aesthetic?

Kong: Skull Island [Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]
Kong: Skull Island [Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]

(Source: io9)

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