It is time to awaken the king.
The last time we saw the 8th Wonder of the World on the big screen was in Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake of the classic story, but “Kong: Skull Island” is set to deliver on something very different altogether.
The brand new poster, which debuted during the weekend in conjunction with the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), gives us our first glimpse at the legendary King Kong. It was previously teased that this giant creature will be the biggest version of the ape character ever put on the big screen. Judging from the looks of the image above, the people from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures weren’t exaggerating.
Despite the shrouded mist, an unidentified soldier can be seen standing atop a huge skull while holding a green flare with a gun on the other hand. Seemingly unaware of the massive ape towering over him is King Kong, who is approximately 100 feet tall.
Set in the 1970s, “Kong: Skull Island” tells the origin story of the infamous ape. The official synopsis reads:
“Kong: Skull Island reimagines the origin of the mythic Kong in a compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. In the film, a diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific—as beautiful as it is treacherous—unaware that they’re crossing into the domain of the mythic Kong.”
Last week, Warner Bros. released a poster showing Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, and John Goodman exploring a wide bone yard on the mysterious island with a humongous ape skull behind them.
In using the photo as an illustration, Jordan Vogt-Roberts explained his meaning about Kong’s size in the movie. “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.”
“In terms of actual size, our Kong is by far the biggest Kong. Peter Jackson’s Kong was around 25 feet. The ‘33 Kong ranged between 25 feet and 50 feet, I want to say he was 50-plus feet when he was on the Empire State Building. He varied in size dramatically! The ’70s Kong was somewhere between them,” he told Entertainment Weekly.
The director continued, saying, “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.’”
Watch the 1st trailer below to see what Vogt-Roberts is talking about:
“Kong: Skull Island” is slated for release on 10th March 2017.