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Kong: Skull Island

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Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent, Alex Garcia
Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, Derek Connolly
Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Brie Larson, Jing Tian, Toby Kebbel, John Ortiz, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Shea Whigham, Thomas Mann, Terry Notary, John C. Reily
Running Time
118 minutes
United States

Kong: Skull Island is a 2017 monster film which is a reboot of the King Kong franchise.


"Coming soon".


The film's release date was originally set for November 4, 2016 at Comic-Con 2014, with Joe Cornish being offered to direct it. The film's release date was later pushed back to March 6, 2017.[1][2][3] It was announced that Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson will star as the male and female lead. J. K. Simmons and Michael Keaton were originally going to star as well, but the two later left the film due to scheduling conflicts.[4][5] [6] In August 2015, Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell joined the cast, with several other actors being reportedly considered, including Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly, and Toby Kebbell.[7][8][9] The film will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts with the screenplay to be written by Max Borenstein, John Gatins and Derek Connolly.[10][11][12] Simmons told MTV that the film will take place in Detroit in 1971.[13][14][15]

On September 10, 2015, it was reported that Legendary Pictures had moved production of the film from Universal Pictures, with whom it currently held a distribution deal, to its former partner Warner Bros., with whom it had an agreement to distribute the sequels to 2014's Godzilla in the future, supposedly in order to keep both properties under the same distributor. This immediately spawned rumors that Legendary planned to eventually produce a remake of King Kong vs. Godzilla with Warner Bros., with neither studio providing a statement.[16][17][18] On September 16, multiple sources reported that Thomas Tull had wanted to set up a film featuring both Kong and Godzilla for years and planned to include references to Monarch, the monster-studying organization from Godzilla (2014), in the script for Kong: Skull Island. However, Warner Bros. was reportedly uncomfortable with including references to one of their films in a Universal project, so Legendary moved the entire project to Warner Bros.[19][20] None of these reports were confirmed by any of the studios, and no official statement was made about the possibility of a King Kong and Godzilla crossover film for nearly a month. Guillermo Del Toro made a statement the next day confirming that Pacific Rim 2, the sequel to Legendary and WB's 2013 film Pacific Rim, had been indefinitely delayed due to the shuffling of the King Kong and Godzilla properties, but was not at all cancelled and was still being actively worked on.[21]

On October 14, 2015, Legendary Pictures officially confirmed the production of Godzilla vs. Kong for 2020, after both Kong: Skull Island and Godzilla 2 have been released.[22]

In an interview conducted with Entertainment Weekly, actor Toby Kebbell clarified his role in the film. Kebbell plays an Air Force major named Chapman, who spends most of his time in the film with Samuel L. Jackson's character. It had been widely speculated that Kebbell would have been portraying Kong through motion capture, due to his portrayal of the ape character Koba in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes through motion capture alongside Andy Serkis, who had portrayed Kong in the 2005 film. Kebbell revealed that in Kong: Skull Island, Kong will be primarily portrayed by motion capture actor Terry Notary, although Kebbell did assist Notary in the motion capture process and provided reference for some of the character's facial animations.[23]


  • Tom Hiddleston as Captain James Conrad
  • Samuel L. Jackson as Lieutenant Colonel Packard
  • John Goodman as Bill Randa
  • Brie Larson as Mason Weaver
  • Jing Tian as San Lin
  • Toby Kebbell as Major Jack Chapman
  • John Ortiz as Victor Nieves
  • Corey Hawkins as Houston Brooks
  • Jason Mitchell as Glenn Mill
  • Shea Whigham as Earl Cole
  • Thomas Mann as Blake Simpson
  • Terry Notary as King Kong (motion capture)
  • John C. Reilly as Hank Marlow
  • Marc Evan Jackson as Steve Woodward
  • Will Brittain as Young Hank Marlow
  • Eugene Cordero as Reles
  • Thomas Middleditch as Jerry
  • Richard Jenkins as Senator Willis




  1. Legendary Announces King Kong Prequel ‘Skull Island’ Movie For 2016 [Comic Con 2014]
  2. Comic-Con: Legendary Wants Joe Cornish For ‘Skull Island’
  3. Universal Moves 'Kong: Skull Island' to 2017;  Cements 'Great Wall' Release Date
  4. ‘Whiplash’s J.K. Simmons To Star In ‘Kong: Skull Island’
  5. Michael Keaton In Talks To Join ‘Kong: Skull Island’ For Legendary
  6. Michael Keaton And JK Simmons Exit Legendary’s ‘Kong: Skull Island’
  7. ‘Straight Outta Compton’s’ Corey Hawkins Joins ‘Skull Island’ (EXCLUSIVE)
  8. Is There Room On ‘Kong: Skull Island’ For Samuel L. Jackson And Tom Wilkinson?
  9. 'Fantastic Four' Actor Toby Kebbell Joins Tom Hiddleston in 'Kong: Skull Island' (Exclusive)
  10. Legendary’s ‘Skull Island'; Tom Hiddleston Stars, Jordan Vogt-Roberts Helms King Kong Origin Tale
  11. Brie Larson Lands Female In 'Kong: Skull Island
  12. King Kong Tale ‘Skull Island’ Gets Rewrite From ‘Flight’ Scribe John Gatins
  13. Keaton And J.K. Simmons Preview Their Trip To ‘Kong: Skull Island’
  14. 'Jurassic World' Writer Heads to 'Kong: Skull Island' (Exclusive)
  15. 'Straight Outta Compton' Star Jason Mitchell Lands 'Kong: Skull Island' Role (Exclusive)
  16. 'Kong: Skull Island' Moving From Universal to Warner Bros. - Variety
  17. King Kong On Move to Warner Bros, Presaging Godzilla Monster Matchup - Deadline
  18. King Kong vs. Godzilla Planned as Skull Island Heads to WB! -
  19. Hollywood Gorilla Warfare: It's Universal vs. Legendary Over 'Kong: Skull Island' (and Who Says "Thank You") - The Hollywood Reporter
  20. Kong: Skull Island Script Contains References to 2014's Godzilla, Pacific Rim 2 Indefinitely Delayed -
  21. Guillermo Del Toro is still working on Pacific Rim 2 - Entertainment Weekly
  22. Legendary and Warner Bros. Pictures Announce Cinematic Franchise Uniting Godzilla, King Kong and Other Iconic Giant Monsters - Legendary
  23. Toby Kebbell clears up Kong: Skull Island rumors - Entertainment Weekly

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