After seeing him handle a fun coming-of-age indie film like The Kings of Summer, I'm really looking forward to Jordan Vogt-Roberts' upcoming blockbuster Kong: Skull Island. It has a terrific cast led by Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson, a cool premise, and a gorgeous and dangerous setting — one that apparently takes its name very literally. EW has released a new photo from the film (above), and you can see the massive bones of some sort of creature in the background as a handful of the human characters move through the remnants.
Vogt-Roberts recently said the film would contain the largest King Kong we've ever seen, and he elaborated on that in a new interview:
“From the size of the skull, you can tell that things on this island are much bigger than audiences are used to with traditional Kong lore. Our Kong is by far the biggest Kong that you’ve seen on screen, and that translates to a lot of different things on the island."
The director explains that the film takes place in the ’70s, "a time where it was believable that we could still be confronted with myth. And there was still unknown in the world.” The story involves NASA launching a satellite tasked with mapping the world, and this mysterious island appears, so a team is sent in to explore it.
“The thing that most interested me was, how big do you need to make [Kong], so that when someone lands on this island and doesn’t believe in the idea of myth, the idea of wonder – when we live in a world of social and civil unrest, and everything is crumbling around us, and technology and facts are taking over – how big does this creature need to be, so that when you stand on the ground and you look up at it, the only thing that can go through your mind is: ‘That’s a god.’”
The cast will be at San Diego Comic-Con next week, so expect a trailer or at least a sneak peek at some footage from the movie then.