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One of the most intriguing films currently in development is Kong: Skull Island. Production on the new King Kong tale is due to begin this month, and there’s hope that it could eventually lead to the giant ape and Godzilla going toe to toe in a hybrid film. But, of course, they first have to get Skull Island right, and its star Tom Hiddleston has now revealed that the film is going to take the King Kong myth down a brand new path to do just that.
Speaking to Variety at the premiere for Guillermo del Toro’s latest horror epic Crimson Peak, Tom Hiddleston decided to provide an exciting update on Skull Island. But rather than explaining what the film is going to do that’s different, he instead revealed what it won’t possess. Hiddleston explained:
It’s not set in the ‘30s. There’s no movie director with a map. There’s no out-of-work actress down on her luck. All of that stuff is respected, we’re just trying to do something new with the myth because Kong is an icon of movies. I think he’s someone people want to see again.
It’s previously been reported that Kong: Skull Island would be set in Detroit in the 1970s, but Hiddleston wouldn’t be drawn on whether that was actually the case. Instead, he just confirmed that he was flying out to begin work on the film on Sunday.
Hiddleston wasn’t done with his positive words about Kong: Skull Island. In fact, the English actor, who over the last few years has shot up the Hollywood echelon because of his mesmerizing portrayal of Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, insisted that he decided to sign up to the project because of the vision of director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. Like Josh Trank and Colin Trevorrow, who directed Chronicle and Safety Not Guaranteed before being tasked with Fantastic Four and Jurassic World, respectively, Jordan Vogt-Roberts directed the acclaimed low-budget flick Kings Of Summer before being hired to oversee the mega-budget Kong: Skull Island. And after meeting with the director to talk about the film, Tom Hiddleston was immediately convinced to jump on-board because of his "incredible, deeply imaginative context for [King Kong] to exist in."
Clearly, Vogt-Roberts had the gift of the gab when it comes to talking actors into joining Kong: Skull Island, because soon after Hiddleston joined, Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson also signed on the dotted line.
Universal, who is currently enjoying one of the most profitable years in movie history thanks to the success of Furious 7, Minions, Jurassic World, Fifty Shades Of Grey, and various other releases, is hopeful that this will just be the beginning for both Tom Hiddleston and Kong: Skull Island, with Godzilla vs King Kong due out in 2020. But that’s only if Kong: Skull Island succeeds when it hits cinemas on March 10, 2017. And the thought of Hiddleston wrestling a giant monkey is so appealing that I thoroughly expect it to do just that.