FILM: KING KONG: SKULL ISLAND
CAST: TOM HIDDLESTON , SAMUEL L. JACKSON , JOHN GOODMAN , BRIE LARSON , JING TIAN
DIRECTOR: JORDAN VOGT-ROBERTS
An original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (‘The Kings of Summer’), ‘Kong: Skull Island’ tells the story of a diverse team of scientists, soldiers and adventurers uniting to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific, as dangerous as it is beautiful. Cut off from everything they know, the team ventures into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature. As their mission of discovery becomes one of survival, they must fight to escape a primal Eden in which humanity does not belong.
First unleashed more than eight decades ago, King Kong has thundered off the big screen and into our world with “a force that echoes through our collective consciousness still.” Now the time has come to restore the crown of the greatest movie monster myth of all.
“Kong represents all the mystery and wonder that still exists in the world,” says director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. “That’s why he will never stop being relevant.”
The quest to reimagine cinema’s mightiest ape would reunite the producing team behind the 2014 blockbuster ‘Godzilla.’
For producer Thomas Tull, it was a prospect both thrilling and incredibly daunting. “We wanted to create a fresh, new experience for the audience,” Tull offers. “As fans ourselves, it was incredibly important to us that we honour the essential elements of this character that have connected with so many people around the world in a big, fun, epic adventure that delivers the pure entertainment and spectacle of an action-packed monster movie.”
Kong is the seminal big-screen badass, and continues to resonate as “everything from a living tempest of nature’s fury to an avatar for our own primal selves.” Actor Tom Hiddleston suggests, “Kong embodies the internal clash between our civilized selves and the place in our consciousness that still has a very real sense of something bigger than ourselves. How do you reconcile this massive creature who is both a terrifying force of nature and a sentient being with an intelligence that is different from ours, but no less sophisticated?”
King Kong was originally conjured by revolutionary special effects master Willis H. O’Brien and sculptor Marcel Delgado to be the enigmatic central figure and unquestionable heart of Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack’s groundbreaking 1933 classic ‘King Kong’ – a dazzling mash-up of ‘Beauty and the Beast’, high adventure and giant monsters that would shock and awe millions of moviegoers across the world. It played to sold-out crowds at the height of the Great Depression and broke records through decades of re-releases and television airings. It was the original effects-driven blockbuster and monster movie milestone, and has been remade, parodied and spun-off on every sized screen.