Legendary Pictures surprised the Comic Con hordes last summer with the sudden announcement of Skull Island, a new film "set in the world" of King Kong. As we've since learned, the film is a prequel, and will probably be called Kong: Skull Island to help the slow of thinking work out what it's all about. The giant monkey on the poster just won't be enough. A new report at Film Divider, which is mainly about Kong's recurring fixations upon young, American blonde women, has spilled a few more details of what the film's story will be; "Much of the film will be concerned with a rescue mission to the island," they say, adding, "One of the survivors of the doomed, pre-movie voyage will be revealed to have survived on the island and bonded with Kong as a baby. Hes still outsized and the story will provide an explanation of why." I think I can guess why, in fact. Whereas the 1933 Kong was about filmmakers and the 1976 Kong was about Big Oil, I've heard the rumour that Skull Island will feature a nefarious chemical company. That's the word, so how about that chemical plays some part in Kong's gigantism? It all makes sense to me. Arguably just as important to Kong's character as the big fella's enormity and ferocity is his attraction to Ann Darrow. Skull Island is apparently also going to explain the origins of these feelings in full-on Freudian fashion, with Film Divider's report saying, of that survivor who bonded with baby Kong, "shes been created in the image of Ann Darrow: young, blonde and beautiful." Skull Island is set for release in the US on March 10th, 2017; as I understand it, the UK date has yet to be confirmed.
Brendon Connelly has been a film writer since the early 90s, with time on the staff of Orbit Magazine, Slashfilm, Bleeding Cool, Den of Geek and many more. He's a long time teacher of film studies and practical filmmaking classes, and has directed music videos, commercials, short films and more. His favourite film is Terry Gilliam's Brazil, his favourite food is pancakes or crepes, and he tries to live his life by the teachings of Kermit the Frog.