A short while ago actor of the moment (and fully deserved) J.K. Simmons was added to the cast of Kong: Skull Island, and fan interest went through the roof. Adding an actor of such enormous talent as Simmons guarantees quality, and while the film has been hidden behind a wall of mystery, Simmons may (or may not have) accidentally revealed some massive details about the film.
As it was Simmons who revealed it, we can certainly forgive him if it was a mistake to reveal so much. However, what he revealed does hint that the film will NOT be following on from Peter Jackson’s remake, something that was teased in the recently released synopsis.
Simmons tells MTV exactly when the film will be set, and where, indicating that this well and truly is something new to the Kong franchise. It also makes the film sound more interesting than ever, yet continues to leave the plot shrouded in mystery (if it IS set entirely where Simmons says, then just what is the Skull Island reference?).
Here is what Simmons told MTV about why he accepted the role:
“When it first came to my attention, ‘There’s interest in you for a new King Kong,’ I thought, ‘Okay, why?’…But I met with Jordon Vogt-Roberts who’s going to be directing it, and John Gatins who’s gonna be writing, and Tom [Hiddleston]—Jordan was just so passionate and so smart and there’s such an interesting new take on it, and it’s set in Detroit in 1971 which is where I grew up, and we’re gonna shoot in Detroit during baseball season and I’ll be able to got to Tigers games, so there’s a lot to like about this movie.”
Legendary’s KONG: SKULL ISLAND and will move from November 4, 2016 to Friday, March 10, 2017. The film will be released in 3D and IMAX 3D by Universal Pictures.
About KONG: SKULL ISLAND:
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)and J.K Simmons (Whiplash).
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.
Michael Keaton is also currently in talks to join the cast.