By Nye Russell-Thompson
Legendary Pictures has announced that ‘Skull Island’, the upcoming prequel-sequel to the famed King Kong tale, is being re-drafted by John Gatins, who achieved critical acclaim for his scribing for 2012’s American drama film, Flight. His screenwriting for said film ended up with him being nominated for the academy award for Best Original Screenplay, as well as a few other separate awards, so it’s safe to say that Legendary Pictures has been seeking the cream of the crop to delve into the Big Ape’s origin story. The announcement that John Gatins’ Oscar-nominated originality would be re-jigging the Eighth Wonder of the World’s growing-up movie was a surprise unveiled at Legendary’s Comic-Con panel this year.
It has to be said, though, that if not for Max Bornstein, the movie would not even have a release date. Bornstein, the writer of the next installment the other movie franchise about a massively over-sized creature, Godzilla, had penned the script up until this point, and was able to secure a date from Universal for the 4th of November 2016. Securing this date was a milestone for the movie to get off of the ground, so fans of the ape with impeccable climbing skills have to be thankful for Bornstein’s work.
Steering the boat to take us to Skull Island is director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, and to the delight of everyone, Tom Hiddleston, of Avengers fame (and Ninth Wonder of the World to most), has secured a starring role in the film.
With this team of new and exciting industry-approved young ones set to show us King Kong’s wonder years, Legendary Pictures are sure to make Kong-lovers and movie fans alike (wait for it) go ape with anticipation.
Yeah, I groaned at that too.