In anticipation of his toe to toe bout with Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island will see the giant ape get some serious extra footage. Read more after the jump.
It’s hard not to get excited about the release of Kong: Skull Island. The reboot has a killer cast including Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Samuel L Jackson, as well as a certain damn dirty ape. Not only that, the film will feed into a shared a universe that will culminate in 2020’s King Kong vs Godzilla. Between the two we also have another Godzilla movie which is sure to stir the pot with some new monsters and name drops.
Everyone was asking one question when the news dropped about King Kong vs Godzilla. How will they overcome the height issue? Godzilla (2014) saw the king of monsters sitting comfortably at 300 feet or so. King Kong hasn’t historically been that lucky, only managing 50 feet on average. That’s all about to change with Skull Island, as new information suggests the ape will be closer to 100 feet than 50.
The news comes from The Hollywood Reporter, where they were fortunate to attend a Warner Bros. preview presentation. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts dropped the news during an extended preview of Skull Island. He had this to say:
“This is going to be the biggest Kong there’s ever been…Not 10 foot or 30 foot, but a 100-foot ape.”
That wasn’t so much a teasing suggestion as it was a blatant brag. Fans will be excited to know that the giant ape will be getting even giant-er in the reboot. This will dramatically change how the humans in Skull Island interact with the monster. More importantly, it means Kong will be in a much better position to face off against Godzilla. Godzilla may still be bigger, but his hairy opponent is closing in on him. Also, with less of a height difference there’s more likely to see some top quality brawling.
Godzilla was something of a thoughtful beast in the last movie from Gareth Edwards. Sure, he had his aggressive moments, but he was also kind of a hero. King Kong’s last appearance, in Peter Jackson‘s 2005 sprawling epic, saw the ape playing a similar role. Will both monsters have a glimmer of consciousness and soul in this version of their universe? Or will Kong be playing the role of the mindless beast? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Kong: Skull Island will hit theatres March 10th, 2017. Watch this space for all the latest Skull Island movie news.