[Captain America: Civil War](tag:994409), Suicide Squad, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows all had brand new trailers premiered on this year’s MTV Movie Awards. However, the film that seems to have gone overlooked involves one of cinema's greatest movie monsters: King Kong.
Yesterday, we got our very first look at the making of [Kong: Skull Island](tag:1139115), featuring a cast that stars Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly, and Toby Kebbell. Check out this roughly two and a half minute featurette offering our first glimpse at the explorers on Skull Island by clicking right here!
Though we don’t get to see any of the movie's creatures, dinosaurs, or giant apes, we do however get a sense of the scope that’s set to take place on this island. The island appears MASSIVE and the explorers will have to trek through a lot of terrain to find whatever it is they’re looking for.
A Different Time Period
This King Kong film will be much different from the previous incarnations to feature the titular beast. For one, the time period is completely different. The other films had Kong take place during the Great Depression whereas this film will be taking place during the Vietnam War era. I’m not really sure why they wanted to make it more contemporary, but my only guess is for the characters to have access to more advanced weaponry when they have to take on these creatures.
Brie Larson, who plays a photojournalist mentions that the film is: “About a group of explorers who set off on an adventure to a previously uncharted island.”
Hiddleston plays Captain James Conrad, a former British SAS officer, and continues describing the expedition by stating that the explorers: “Get to this island and discover that all is not quite as it first appears, and there are strange new creatures, mythic beasts that come into the midst, and they have to get off the island alive.”
Sounds like your prototypical Kong film to me. What I am more interested in learning is how and why they get to the island. From all other previous interpretations, including Peter Jackson’s most recent King Kong movie, it was the motivation of Carl Denham to get his film finished on a remote island by any means necessary.
Denham strove to have his film completed and stopped at nothing to finish it, even casting a pretty woman named Ann Darrow to star in his movie. Obviously things took a turn for the worse on that island — most of the crew did not come back alive. It will be interesting to see what story director Jordan Vogt-Roberts wants to tell the audience this time around.
Where all previous King Kong films mostly focused on the main characters of Ann Darrow, Jack Driscoll, and Carl Denham, it looks like this film will focus on ALL the characters, giving them an ample amount of screen time. Not only are we introduced to Hiddleston’s and Larson’s characters, but we also get a glimpse of a few others including Corey Hawkins’s. Hawkins describes his character’s motivation as follows:
“It is about the monsters, and the islands that were going to and traveling and all but it’s about what happens to these characters kind of seeing what happens to who they are, how they change. You know it’s set in the Vietnam era, so what does that post-dramatic stress do to people? When you add that layer to it, I mean it just makes it a much more interesting story.”
Sounds like the Vietnam War will play a hefty role when it comes to survival of the fittest on Skull Island.
We also get to hear from Jason Mitchell who plays a helicopter pilot named Glen Mill. According to Mitchell he’s a “really, really funny guy” and has to “build courage” throughout his excursion on Skull Island. It seems as if he might be the comedic relief in the movie and a character we may become strongly attached to as we watch the film.
When Shared Universes Collide
Though we don’t have enough information to go on, this film looks like another win for our favorite hairy behemoth. I have been a HUGE fan of Kong since I was a little kid and cannot wait to see what this next film will bring us. We do know that this movie will be in the same universe as Gareth Edwards's Godzilla since Warner Bros. is already planning a King Kong vs. Godzilla movie to debut sometime in 2020. But for now all we can do is wait for the first trailer, which I’m guessing should be released sometime this summer.
So what do you think of this first look at Kong: Skull Island? I’d like to hear everyone’s thoughts in the comment section below and please share!
Source: MTV Movie Awards!