Kong: Skull Island (2017)

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Kong: Skull Island
Directed by Produced by
Jordan Vogt-Roberts Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni,
Mary Parent
Written by Music by
Max Borenstein,
John Gatins,
Dan Gilroy,
Derek Connolly
Henry Jackman
Distributed by Rating
Warner Bros. PG-13
Budget Box Office
$185,000,000[1] $61,015,000
(U.S. Earnings)
$81,600,000
(Foreign Earnings)
$142,615,000
(Total Earnings)
Running Time
118 minutes
(1 hour, 58 minutes) 
Designs Used
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All Hail the King „ 

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Kong: Skull Island is a 2017 American giant monster film produced by Legendary Pictures that serves as an origin story for King Kong, and is the second entry in the MonsterVerse. The film was released to American theaters on March 10, 2017.

Plot

"The year is 1973. Somewhere in our world, it is said that there exists a wondrous island unspoiled by man – a land shrouded in mystery, where myth runs wild. Uncharted and undiscovered.

When the secretive organization known as Monarch identify this destination as the origin point for mysterious new superspecies, they mount an expedition to discover its secrets.

What they find on Skull Island is an adventure beyond any human experience. An exotic paradise of wonders and terrors, where flora and fauna have fused together into an Eden of otherworldly jungle creatures.

As one group fights to escape and the other declares war on Kong, we discover that the mighty primate is at the center of a battle for dominion over the island, locked into a ‘survival of the fittest’ face-off with the terrifying apex predators responsible for wiping out his kin.

Driven by vengeance, Kong will become nature’s fury, and fight to take his rightful place upon the throne of most powerful beast on the island, revealing the story of how Kong became King."[2]

Staff

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

  • Director   Jordan Vogt-Roberts
  • Writers   Dan Gilroy, Max Borenstein, Derek Connolly
  • Story   John Gatins
  • Producers   Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent, Alex Garia
  • Executive Producers   Edward Cheng, Eric McLeod
  • Music   Henry Jackman
  • Cinematography   Larry Fong
  • Edited by   Bob Murawski, Richard Pearson, Christian Wagner
  • Production Design by   Stefan Dechant
  • Special Effects by   Tosin Akinwoye
  • Director of Photography   Larry Fong
  • Animation Supervisor   Scott Benza
  • Visual Effects Supervisor   Jeff White
  • Costume Designer   Mary E. Vogt
  • Sound Designer   Al Nelson, Pete Horner

Cast

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

Appearances

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Monsters

Weapons, Vehicles and Races

Production

Main article: Kong: Skull Island/Development.

Gallery

Main article: Kong: Skull Island/Gallery.

Soundtrack

Main article: Kong: Skull Island - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

Alternate Titles

  • King Kong: Giant God of Skull Island (キングコング:髑髏島の巨神,   Kingu Kongu: Dokurotou-no-Kyoshin?, Japan)
  • Kong: Skeleton Island (金剛‬:骷髏島 Jīngāng‬: Kūlóu dǎo, China)

Theatrical Releases

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  • United States - March 10, 2017   [view poster]American poster
  • Belgium - March 8, 2017
  • Egypt - March 8, 2017
  • France - March 8, 2017
  • Argentina - March 9, 2017
  • Austria - March 9, 2017
  • Brazil - March 9, 2017
  • Chile - March 9, 2017
  • Czech Republic - March 9, 2017
  • Serbia - March 9, 2017
  • Germany - March 9, 2017
  • Denmark - March 9, 2017
  • Georgia - March 9, 2017
  • Greece - March 9, 2017
  • Croatia - March 9, 2017
  • Hungary - March 9, 2017
  • Israel - March 9, 2017
  • Italy - March 9, 2017
  • South Korea - March 9, 2017
  • Kazakhstan - March 9, 2017
  • Netherlands - March 9, 2017
  • Philippines - March 9, 2017
  • Portugal - March 9, 2017
  • Russia - March 9, 2017
  • Singapore - March 9, 2017
  • Slovakia - March 9, 2017
  • Australia - March 10, 2017
  • Bulgaria - March 10, 2017
  • Canada - March 10, 2017
  • Estonia - March 10, 2017
  • Spain - March 10, 2017
  • Finland - March 10, 2017
  • United Kingdom - March 10, 2017
  • Hong Kong - March 10, 2017
  • Ireland - March 10, 2017
  • Lithuania - March 10, 2017
  • Norway - March 10, 2017
  • New Zealand - March 10, 2017
  • Poland - March 10, 2017
  • Romania - March 10, 2017
  • Sweden - March 10, 2017
  • Turkey - March 10, 2017
  • Taiwan - March 10, 2017   [view poster]Taiwanese poster
  • Vietnam - March 10, 2017
  • South Africa - March 10, 2017
  • China - March 24, 2017   [view poster]Chinese poster
  • Japan - March 25, 2017[3]   [view poster]Japanese poster

IMAX Release

Kong: Skull Island was released in IMAX on March 10, 2017, in addition to 2D and 3D releases.

Videos

Main article: Kong: Skull Island/Videos.


Trivia

  • According to director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the first script of the film that he read took place in 1917. Vogt-Roberts later conceived the idea of setting the film during the Vietnam War after talking with Legendary Pictures. When he pitched the idea, Vogt-Roberts told Empire that he thought Legendary would "laugh [him] out of the room," but to his surprise Legendary liked the idea and the setting was changed.[4]
    • Max Borenstein's script also gave the expedition to Skull Island a different motive: the brother of Tom Hiddleston's character was marooned there while searching for a "Titan Serum" capable of curing all disease.[5]
  • Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts did not want there to be any living dinosaurs in the film because, in his words, "Jurassic World owns that as far as I'm concerned, and Peter Jackson's version did such a great job with that V-Rex fight. So I don't want to retread on that at all."[6]
  • Kong: Skull Island is the first King Kong film released in 3D, although like Godzilla it was not filmed in 3D, but post-converted.
  • One IMAX poster for this film is patterned after the poster for the film Apocalypse Now. In addition, the character James Conrad is most likely named after Joseph Conrad, author of Heart of Darkness, the novella upon which Apocalypse Now is based, while the character Hank Marlow is most likely named after Marlow, the book's protagonist.
  • Kong: Skull Island was the first major motion picture to film a significant number of scenes in Vietnam.[7]
  • The beached ship repurposed as an Iwi shrine to Kong, the SS Wanderer, is named after the boat that travels to Skull Island in the novelization of the original 1933 film.[8] Hank Marlow states that the Wanderer came to the island about a decade before his own arrival in 1944.
  • The names of the U.S. Senator and his secretary that Randa and Houston Brooks meet with at the beginning of the film are Willis and O'Brien, respectively, a reference to Willis O'Brien, who created the stop-motion effects that brought Kong and the other creatures to life in the original 1933 film.
    • One of the documents that Randa presents to Senator Willis mentions "Cooper Schoedsack," named after the original King Kong's co-directors, Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack.
  • Kong: Skull Island marks the first official appearance of Godzilla in a non-Godzilla kaiju film. However, it is not Godzilla's first ever appearance in any non-Godzilla film, as Godzilla made a cameo in Toho's Always: Sunset on Third Street 2 in 2007.
    • Kong: Skull Island also marks the first ever appearances of Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah in a film not produced by Toho.
  • One version of the film's post-credit sequence involved the characters watching Godzilla surface in the Arctic Ocean.[9] It was rejected because Godzilla stated that he had not been sighted since 1954.
  • Kong: Skull Island is the first American-made live-action King Kong film where Kong is not killed or seemingly killed at the film's end.
    • This is also the only live-action King Kong film where Kong never leaves his island and is brought to human civilization.
  • The version of Kong in this film is the largest incarnation of Kong featured in an American film, standing 104 feet tall, while past incarnations have either been around 50 or 25 feet tall. The only incarnation of Kong that is taller is the Kong from King Kong vs. Godzilla, which stood approximately 147 feet tall.
  • The attire worn by Randa in this film is reminiscent of that worn by Carl Denham in the original 1933 film.
  • The patch and slogan on the back of Hank Marlow's jacket in this film are a reference to the character Dr. Steve Brule, who is portrayed by John C. Reilly in Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule, as well as the jacket worn by Kaneda in Katsuhiro Otomo's manga AKIRA and its 1988 anime film adaptation.
  • The design of the Skullcrawlers in this film was inspired by the Two-Legged Lizard from the original King Kong. Other influences included Sachiel from Neon Genesis Evangelion, No Face from Spirited Away, and Cubone from Pokemon.[10]
  • The Mother Longlegs creature in this film may be inspired by the crab-spiders from the infamous lost spider pit sequence from the original King Kong.
  • The Mire Squid that Kong briefly battles in this film is a reference to the Giant Octopus he fought in King Kong vs. Godzilla. Kong's use of a tree as a weapon in the final battle with the giant Skullcrawler may also be a nod to his famous use of a tree against Godzilla in the film.
  • During the film's final battle, Kong appears to attempt to pry open and break the giant Skullcrawler's jaws. This is a reference to Kong's preferred tactic of breaking an opponent's jaws, which he demonstrates in the original film, King Kong Escapes, and the 1976 and 2005 remakes.
  • Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has said that the filmmakers intentionally tried to differentiate the Kong design in this film from the design featured in the 2005 film directed by Peter Jackson. Rather than making the design resemble a gigantic silverback gorilla that walks on all four limbs like in Jackson's film, the designers chose to have Kong stand upright like a human. A major reason for this was to show that Kong is his own species that has its "own set of rules, so [the filmmakers] can do what we want and [they] really wanted to pay homage to what came before...and yet do something completely different."[11]
  • The helicopters that Kong destroys early in the film are UH-1 Iroquois, the same type of choppers that seemingly killed Kong in the climax of the 1976 remake.
  • The Japanese fighter pilot who befriended Hank Marlow, Gunpei Ikari, is named after the late Japanese game designer Gunpei Yokoi and the character Shinji Ikari from Neon Genesis Evangelion.[12]

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Ryanhussain14

2 days ago
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Really hope they expand on the hollow Earth theory that was mentioned. Would be interesting to know if there is something bigger than just kaiju popping up in the world. Maybe an underground kaiju ecosystem?
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SkullIsland

2 days ago
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that would be too much like pacific rim
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Ryanhussain14

2 days ago
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True, but it would provide a good excuse to shoehorn in other kaiju.
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Ghidorahnumber1

4 days ago
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This movie really gives me high hopes for the Monsterverse and what they could do. I almost screamed in the theater when King Ghidorah's wall painting showed up and he did have three heads AND wings.
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SkullIsland

6 days ago
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Did anyone else notice a picture of Godzilla's dorsal plates in the montage at the beginning of the movie?
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Dracosaurian

11 days ago
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I'm not a major Kong fan (he's never really interested me), but this was hands down the best film of his I've seen imo. The Monsterverse is really shaping up nicely.
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Deathrock9

11 days ago
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My SPOILER-FREE review of Kong: Skull Island

This is a better film than Godzilla 2014. I'll just say that right off the bat. Whatever problems were present in that film, be it boring characters, small monster screen time (though that didn't really bother me much) or somewhat inadequate CGI (again, something that never really bothered me), are all resolved in Kong: Skull Island. All of the characters in this film are likable, each have their own personality that sets them apart and even though they are a bit under-developed, were all great fun to watch and I was never bored when they were on screen. Kong looks fantastic in this film and he looked absolutely amazing on the big screen. The CGI was excellent and was therefore not hidden away in the dark behind lots of smoke. All of the monsters were good and each one was unique and different to the last (the Buffalo was my favourite) and the Skull Crawlers were fitting villains for Kong to fight.

Though the fight scenes between Godzilla and the two Mutos in Godzilla 2014 were cool in their own right, the fight scenes in this film were glorious and showed off what an awesome character Kong is. Whereas Godzilla displayed brute strength in his battle, Kong displayed his intelligence and the battles were so much more entertaining because of it. I'm not going to spoil them here as this is a spoiler-free review but the fights in this film were all unique and different from each other and got better with each fight, culminating in the epic fight between Kong and the big Skull Crawler.

The direction in this film is also fantastic and the visuals are stunning. There's a lot of cool shots and great camera-work that do well at making the film visually stand out from others from its genre. There's some interesting uses of slow motion that work as a good way to change things up in some scenes and Kong looks great in some shots. They definitely set this film apart from Godzilla 2014 (though that film had good camera-work too) and the use of colours in this film are beautiful, from the green jungle environments to the bright orange sunset. It all just looks fantastic.

This is a very different Kong film to the ones that have come before and I'm grateful for that. If we had got something similar to the original Kong films and its multiple remakes, I would have been somewhat disappointed. That is not the case and we got this film instead. Is it the best Kong film? Probably not. However, this is definitely in my top three favourite Kong films and is currently my favourite of the two MonsterVerse films. You should definitely see this movie.
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Kaiju4EVER

11 days ago
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I saw the film yesterday, it was good, but I do have some issues with it. Those issues mostly go to the human characters, which also got too much screentime, but they did get less than the 2014 Godzilla film. I also really like the action and the monsters in the film, and the Skullcrawlers made very interesting antagonists: 4/5
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Deathrock9

20 days ago
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James Rolfe's Kongathon has made me realize that we only ever get two Kong films at a time.

RKO
1. King Kong (1933)
2.Son of Kong

Toho
1. King Kong vs. Godzilla
2. King Kong Escapes

De Laurentiis
1. King Kong (1976)
2. The Worst King Kong Movie

Universal
1. King Kong (2005)
This is the only exception.

Legendary
1. Kong: Skull Island
2. Godzilla vs. Kong
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SkullIsland

17 days ago
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That's an interesting pattern
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SkullIsland

25 days ago
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I'm gonna be able to see this on march 1st thanks to that special pass.
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SkullIsland

21 days ago
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Saw it and it was truly an amazing spectacle. Tons of action (more than G14) and those Skullcrawler's were insane. Also the end credit scene was very interesting.
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Deathrock9

17 days ago
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Can't wait to see it :D
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SkullIsland

28 days ago
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SkullIsland

one month ago
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SkullIsland

one month ago
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There's currently a make your own poster contest for this


https://post...skullisland/
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The King of the Monsters

3 months ago
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Preview scans from the upcoming Art Book for the movie show artwork of Kong battling a giant Skullcrawler, which pretty much confirms that there will be at least one big one in addition to the smaller ones seen in the trailer.
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Collector1

3 months ago
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Speaking of Skullcrawler, should an article be made for this kaiju?
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The King of the Monsters

3 months ago
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There will be an article for it once we have a little more information on it.
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Collector1

4 months ago
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The trailer will premiere tonight on Jimmy Kimmel. [2]
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The King of the Monsters

4 months ago
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I find it interesting how Terry Notary (the actor playing Kong) actually has his name listed with the rest of the cast on the poster.
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Spinocroc123

4 months ago
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Rokmutul's back then.
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The King of the Monsters

4 months ago
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What are you talking about?
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Spinocroc123

4 months ago
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The crocodile from the teaser kind of resembels Rokmutul. it's probaby not him.
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Collector1

4 months ago
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Has anyone had any luck cracking the Morse code? Or the password to the website?
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Collector1

4 months ago
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Nevermind about the codes. Looking around Twitter the second encrypted file's code is "skydevils". It reveals a gif of Kong.
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Magara M&E

4 months ago
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The third code is "we don't belong here"
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Collector1

4 months ago
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On the website I mean.
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Collector1

4 months ago
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Hey, I just noticed that the progress bar has increased. Last I checked it was at 54%, now its about 66%.
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Collector1

5 months ago
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Hey, has anyone heard of the new poster that was released?
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Titanollante

5 months ago
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Yeah. Monarch connection.
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Deathrock9

7 months ago
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Let's all just take a moment to appreciate how awesome the Comic-Con trailer is.
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Raydhen

6 months ago
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00:49 Is that Kumonga!?

(I know it's not but still... the glimpse looks like a giant spider)