Last year at Comic Con we saw a teaser trailer for a King Kong prequel titled ‘Kong: Skull Island’. While we never knew we needed a prequel tot his story, we couldn’t help but feel a rush at the thought of the project. The original Jackson reboot was entertaining in a glossy and big budget way, but more recent films like ‘Jurassic World’ and ‘Pacific Rim’ have got us excited for big budget monster movies. Sadly, we’ve come to find out that ‘Skull Island’ has lost two of its biggest stars due to scheduling conflict.
So far Crystal Hunt told me the two actors to pull out from the film are Michael Keaton (Birdman) and J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Whiplash). These two actors are coming off of career best years in which they both received serious award nominations for their work. While the official reason that the actors pulled out was ‘scheduling conflict’, we have a feeling that they have been bumped out of the paygrade required to star in what looks to be a summer blockbuster.
Remaining in the cast is Tom Hiddleston (Loki from the Marvel Cinematic Universe). The film was written by John Gatins (Real Steel) and Max Borenstein (Godzilla reboot). The film takes place in the ‘King Kong’ history before the timeline established in the 1933 iteration. This means that we’d see ‘Kong Island’ before it became what we know it as today. Hopefully the film keeps going as the premise is exciting.