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Directed by                   Produced by To be announced
Written by                       Music by  
Max Borenstein
John Gatins
Derek Connolly
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Distributed by                       Rating      
Warner Bros. To be announced
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Kong: Skull Island is a upcoming 2017 film co-produced by Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. that serves as an origin story for King Kong.


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 kaiju 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]


Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Tom Hiddleston   as   Captain James Conrad
  • Brie Larson   as   Weaver
  • Samuel L. Jackson   as   Warrant Officer Packard
  • John Goodman   as   Randa
  • Corey Hawkins   as  
  • Toby Kebbell   as   Chapman
  • Jason Mitchell   as   Glenn Mill
  • John C. Reilly   as  
  • Thomas Mann   as  
  • Marc Evan Jackson   as   Woodward
  • Tom Wilkinson   as  
  • Terry Notary   as   King Kong (motion capture)


Main article: Kong: Skull Island/Gallery.



This is a list of references for Kong: Skull Island. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  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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