In 'Kong: Skull Island,' the Ape Will Be Different

In 'Kong: Skull Island,' the Ape Will Be Different

Jun 22, 2016

Kong: Skull Island

We've been hearing that the upcoming Kong: Skull Island will be a prequel, taking place before the events dramatized in the original King Kong (1933) and the two remakes in 1976 and 2005. As the release date draws closer, however, we're starting to hear more details about what makes the movie different.

Originally announced in July 2014, the movie was touted to explore the mysterious and dangerous Skull Island, the birthplace of the giant ape known as King Kong. In all previous Kong-related movies, the island has been depicted as a hidden location, filled with prehistoric creatures. As time passed, we learned that the movie would be set in the 1970s and follow a team of Vietnam War-era military veterans who explore the island for the first time.

Now comes word that the new Kong (top) will be strikingly different. At a recent appearance in Europe, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts stated: "This is going to be the biggest Kong there's ever been. Not 10 foot or 30 foot, but a 100-foot ape."

Kong's size varied in his first big-screen appearance in 1933, ranging from 18 feet to 60 feet. The 1976 remake pictured Kong ranging from 42 feet to 55 feet tall. Peter Jackson's 2005 version scaled the beast to be 25 feet tall.

 

So the new version of Kong will be quite a bit taller than in the past. Why the change in size? We can't help thinking of the marketing campaign for Roland Emmerich's 1998 version of Godzilla, which teased: "Size does matter." The titular monster in that movie stood some 196 feet tall.

Godzilla

The most recent U.S. incarnation of Godzilla in 2014 pictured him as being 354 feet tall, the largest version to date. Cinema Blend reminds that Kong will be tangling with Godzilla in Godzilla vs Kong, scheduled to arrive in 2020, and suggests that upsizing Kong will help him in his future battles. We figure Kong will still be an underdog against the mighty Godzilla, but the battle should be a good one.

Kong: Skull Island stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly. It will open in theaters on March 10, 2017.

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