I am still excited about Kong: Skull Island, but there were two massive reasons why this film was set to be brilliant: Michael Keaton and JK Simmons. Those two powerhouse actors would have been incredible in the film, Simmons especially was suited to a monster film, so the news the pair have excited the project saddens me.
Deadline reports that, thankfully, it is nothing to do with the actual film, or the usual creative differences nonsense. There are genuine reasons for Keaton and Simmons leaving, and that is due to schedule conflicts.
Scheduling conflicts are believed to be the principal reason behind both actors’ departures. The project, which has Jordan Vogt-Roberts directing from a script written by John Gatins and Max Borenstein, pushed back its production start by a few weeks from the fall to before the end of the year. That, and the fact that it is likely to be a demanding shoot in terms of time, didn’t match with their other commitments. Tom Hiddleston remains on board.
Legendary are now searching for replacements in order to keep to their planned schedule.
In the spirit of its worldwide blockbuster Godzilla, Legendary Pictures presents a bold new take on the mythos of another iconic beast with KONG: SKULL ISLAND, which stars Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers and Thor series).
King: Skull Island swings into UK cinemas on 10th March 2017.
Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) and written by John Gatins (Flight) and Max Borenstein (Godzilla), KONG: SKULL ISLAND will fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island. Legendary’s story honors the foundations of existing King Kong lore, but places it in an entirely new, distinct timeline. Thomas Tull (Godzilla, The Dark Knight, Pacific Rim) and Jon Jashni (Godzilla, upcoming Warcraft) will produce and Alex Garcia (Godzilla) will executive produce. The film will be released in 3D and IMAX 3D by Universal Pictures.