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American Kong: Skull Island poster (click to enlarge)
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[1]
  Budget                           Box Office
To be announced To be announced
Running Time
To be announced
Designs Used

All Hail the King „ 

— Tagline

Kong: Skull Island is an upcoming 2017 American giant monster film produced by Legendary Pictures that serves as an origin story for King Kong. It will be released to theaters on March 10, 2017.


The film's release date was originally set for November 4, 2016 at Comic-Con 2014, with Joe Cornish being offered to direct it. The film's release date was later pushed back to March 10, 2017.[2][3][4] It was announced that Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson will star as the male and female lead. J. K. Simmons and Michael Keaton were originally going to star as well, but the two later left the film due to scheduling conflicts.[5][6] [7] In August 2015, Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell joined the cast, with several other actors being reportedly considered, including Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly, and Toby Kebbell.[8][9][10] The film will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts with the screenplay to be written by Max Borenstein, John Gatins and Derek Connolly.[11][12][13] Simmons told MTV that the film will take place in Detroit in 1971.[14][15][16]

On September 10, 2015, it was reported that Legendary Pictures had moved production of the film from Universal Pictures, with whom it currently held a distribution deal, to its former partner Warner Bros., with whom it had an agreement to distribute the sequels to 2014's Godzilla in the future, supposedly in order to keep both properties under the same distributor. This immediately spawned rumors that Legendary planned to eventually produce a remake of King Kong vs. Godzilla with Warner Bros., with neither studio providing a statement.[17][18][19] On September 16, multiple sources reported that Thomas Tull had wanted to set up a film featuring both Kong and Godzilla for years and planned to include references to Monarch, the monster-studying organization from Godzilla (2014), in the script for Kong: Skull Island. However, Warner Bros. was reportedly uncomfortable with including references to one of their films in a Universal project, so Legendary moved the entire project to Warner Bros.[20][21] None of these reports were confirmed by any of the studios, and no official statement was made about the possibility of a King Kong and Godzilla crossover film for nearly a month. Guillermo Del Toro made a statement the next day confirming that Pacific Rim 2, the sequel to Legendary and WB's 2013 kaiju film Pacific Rim, had been indefinitely delayed due to the shuffling of the King Kong and Godzilla properties, but was not at all cancelled and was still being actively worked on.[22]

On October 14, 2015, Legendary Pictures officially confirmed the production of Godzilla vs. Kong for 2020, after both Kong: Skull Island and Godzilla: King of Monsters have been released.[23]

In an interview conducted with Entertainment Weekly, actor Toby Kebbell clarified his role in the film. Kebbell plays an Air Force major named Chapman, who spends most of his time in the film with Samuel L. Jackson's character. It had been widely speculated that Kebbell would have been portraying Kong through motion capture, due to his portrayal of the ape character Koba in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes through motion capture alongside Andy Serkis, who had portrayed Kong in the 2005 film. Kebbell revealed that in Kong: Skull Island, Kong will be primarily portrayed by motion capture actor Terry Notary, although Kebbell did assist Notary in the motion capture process and provided reference for some of the character's facial animations.[24]

On July 15, Entertainment Weekly published an article providing more details about the film, including an interview with director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. According to Vogt-Roberts, this version of King Kong would be the largest onscreen version of the character to date, standing taller than the approximately 25 foot-tall Kong from Peter Jackson's remake, the Kong from the original 1933 film which ranged in height from 25 to 50 feet, and the Kong from the 1976 remake, which Vogt-Roberts estimated was somewhere between the two. Vogt-Roberts did not mention the version of Kong from King Kong vs. Godzilla, which stood 147 feet (45 meters) tall, or from King Kong Escapes, which stood approximately 65 feet (20 meters) tall, so whether this version of Kong will in fact be the tallest remains to be seen. Vogt-Roberts also confirmed that Kong: Skull Island would be set in the 1970's, explaining that this decade was a time where humanity "could still be confronted with myth" and "there was still unknown in the world." Vogt-Roberts elaborated that the characters would be drawn to Skull Island to investigate after the previously unknown landmass is discovered by NASA's LANDSAT program, which used satellites to map out the world from space. Vogt-Roberts revealed that Tom Hiddleston's character in the film is an ex-British SAS tracker, while Brie Larson plays a war photographer "who's seen all sorts of terrible, terrible things." Vogt-Roberts went on to clarify that the film would not be retelling the classic "beauty and the beast" story featured in the 1933, 1976 and 2005 King Kong films. Instead, the film would be focusing on the mythos of Kong's home of Skull Island. The director stated that he felt Kong needed to be extremely large in order to realistically convince someone who does not believe in myth that they are seeing a "god" when viewing him. The article concluded with a reminder that the film's cast would be present at San Diego Comic-Con the following week.[25]

Also on July 15, the official Kong: Skull Island Twitter and Facebook pages went live. These social media pages included the first official images relating to the film, featuring the film's title superimposed on a blue foggy background, with "From the producers of Godzilla" above the title and the release date of March 2017 below it, along with the film's official tagline, "Awaken The King."

On July 22, the first official teaser poster for the film was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con. The very next day, the film's first official trailer was released. The trailer showcased some of the characters and the locales in the film, and also revealed a gigantic spider monster. Natives living on Skull Island were also seen in the trailer, while a few brief glimpses of Kong's new design were shown.[26]

The map of Skull Island held under a blacklight, revealing hidden information and images

On October 11, 2016, Legendary revealed a new poster for the film at New York Comic-Con, taking the form of a map of Skull Island, as well as a letter signed by John Goodman's character in the film, Monarch agent William Randa. The map shows that Skull Island as a whole is vaguely shaped like a skull, rather than bearing a skull-shaped mountain in its center as in previous incarnations. When placed under a blacklight, the map of Skull Island reveals the Monarch logo on the top left corner, a reptilian skull resembling a Mosasaur at the western edge of the island itself, and hidden text. A notable excerpt of hidden text located on the map is the text on the bottom corner which reads: "His mouth is fire, his roar the floodwater; his breath is death. Enlil made him guardian of the Cedar Forest, to frighten off the the mortal who would venture there. BUT WHO WOULD VENTURE THERE?"[27] This text is excerpted from Tablet II of the Sumerian epic The Epic of Gilgamesh from a description given by Enkidu to Gilgamesh of the demon Humbaba.[28] Other text on the map includes what is presumably a description of Kong himself. The text classifies Kong as an "Apex Primate," and describes him as a "Predator / Guardian / Roaming / Deity" and an "Adolescent Superspecies," suggesting that Kong may not yet be fully grown in the film.[27]

Around the same time, Legendary launched a new viral marketing website for the film called discoverskullisland.com. Like the MUTOResearch.net viral marketing website released for Godzilla in 2014, this site takes the form of a classified Monarch database teasing the organization's research into giant monsters. discoverskullisland.com is designed to look like NASA's LANDSAT satellite mapping program, showing an attempt to discover the location of Skull Island. The website reveals that William Randa is a supervising officer and that there is a large hurricane in the middle of the ocean, presumably obscuring the location of Skull Island. There is a progress bar in the top left corner that slowly increases as each day goes by.

On November 11, 2016, a Twitter account for Monarch made in October 2016 made a tweet about a classified case file written in an encrypted code.[29] Once translated, the code reads: " DESTINATION ACQUIRED! Skull Island".[30][31] Around the same time, the viral site discoverskullisland.com received an update. The update revealed that the "Terra Research" has been completed and that Skull Island is located in the center of the hurricane. The site has four encrypted files that can only opened by their own unique passcodes. The first of these files is opened by the passcode "destination acquired" and reveals a gif of a scene from the movie showing helicopters reaching Skull Island. The next day, the official Twitter account for the film tweeted a brief teaser trailer for something to be released in four days, with a teaser being released subsequently every day until the countdown was reached.[32] [33][34][35]

That same day, the Monarch Twitter tweeted a video of a radio broadcast featuring a man saying military call signs.[36] The call signs translate to "skydevils" and unlock the second encrypted file on discoverskullisland.com.[37][38] The file in question is a scene from the movie featuring King Kong swiping at a helicopter. This scene is where the screenshot showing the new Kong design, released on November 10, 2016 by Entertainment Weekly, comes from. Jordan Vogt-Roberts gave a description of the scene, saying that it comes from "a point in the movie where [the audience is] not quite sure what Kong is, what his purpose is, how people should be perceiving him. Through the folly of man, where our initial is to attack anything that is not a known quality, both sides jump the gun, Kong and the humans, and it kicks off a relatively messy engagement."[39] On November 13, 2016, Monarch's Twitter posted yet another cryptic Tweet in binary code.[40] The binary message translates to "WE DON'T BELONG HERE" and unlocks the third encrypted file on discoverskullisland.com.[41][42] The file unlocked shows Kong tearing a helicopter in two (possibly the one that he was fighting in the previous file). On November 14, 2016, Monarch's Twitter released a monochrome overlay featuring their logo that contains a hidden message, saying "ENDANGERED SPECIES", which is used to unlock the fourth encrypted file, which is footage of two gigantic ape skeletons.[43][44][45] The teaser released to the Kong: Skull Island Twitter account the following day reveals that these skeletons belong to Kong's species and the film's main characters were walking between them.[35] That same day, Monarch's Twitter released the code to unlock the last encrypted file, which translates to "SKULLCRAWLER".[46][47][48] The file that the code unlocks shows what appears to be William Randa standing in a burning field as a crocodilian kaiju with long forelimbs emerges out of a nearby river.


"In March 2017, the producers of Godzilla transport audiences to the birthplace of one of the most powerful monster myths of all in KONG: SKULL ISLAND, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures.

When a scientific expedition to an uncharted island awakens titanic forces of nature, a mission of discovery becomes an explosive war between monster and man. Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly star in a thrilling and original new adventure that reveals the untold story of how Kong became King."[49]


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


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

  • Tom Hiddleston   as   Captain James Conrad
  • Samuel L. Jackson   as   Warrant Officer Packard
  • John Goodman   as   William Randa
  • Brie Larson   as   Weaver
  • Jing Tian   as   San
  • Toby Kebbell   as   Major Chapman
  • John Ortiz   as  
  • Corey Hawkins   as  
  • Jason Mitchell   as   Glenn Mill
  • Shea Whigham   as  
  • Thomas Mann   as  
  • Terry Notary   as   Kong (motion capture)
  • John C. Reilly   as  
  • Marc Evan Jackson   as   Woodward
  • Tom Wilkinson   as  



Weapons, Vehicles and Races


Main article: Kong: Skull Island/Gallery.

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)

Theatrical Releases

View all posters for the film here.



Kong: Skull Island Comic-Con 2016 teaser trailer
Kong: Skull Island trailer
Japanese Kong: Skull Island teaser trailer

Set Footage

KHON2 News report on filming in Honolulu, Hawaii
Skull Island village in Vietnam
Plane crash on South Stradbroke Island in Queensland, Australia


Sneak peek at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards
2016 San Diego Comic Con panel
Tom Hiddleston as Kong on Jimmy Kimmel Live


  • According to director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the first script of the film that he read had the film take place in 1917. Vogt-Roberts later conceived the idea to set the film in the 1970's 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.[51]

External Links


This is a list of references for Kong: Skull Island. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

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  2. Legendary Announces King Kong Prequel ‘Skull Island’ Movie For 2016 [Comic Con 2014]
  3. Comic-Con: Legendary Wants Joe Cornish For ‘Skull Island’
  4. Universal Moves 'Kong: Skull Island' to 2017;  Cements 'Great Wall' Release Date
  5. ‘Whiplash’s J.K. Simmons To Star In ‘Kong: Skull Island’
  6. Michael Keaton In Talks To Join ‘Kong: Skull Island’ For Legendary
  7. Michael Keaton And JK Simmons Exit Legendary’s ‘Kong: Skull Island’
  8. ‘Straight Outta Compton’s’ Corey Hawkins Joins ‘Skull Island’ (EXCLUSIVE)
  9. Is There Room On ‘Kong: Skull Island’ For Samuel L. Jackson And Tom Wilkinson?
  10. 'Fantastic Four' Actor Toby Kebbell Joins Tom Hiddleston in 'Kong: Skull Island' (Exclusive)
  11. Legendary’s ‘Skull Island'; Tom Hiddleston Stars, Jordan Vogt-Roberts Helms King Kong Origin Tale
  12. Brie Larson Lands Female In 'Kong: Skull Island
  13. King Kong Tale ‘Skull Island’ Gets Rewrite From ‘Flight’ Scribe John Gatins
  14. Keaton And J.K. Simmons Preview Their Trip To ‘Kong: Skull Island’
  15. 'Jurassic World' Writer Heads to 'Kong: Skull Island' (Exclusive)
  16. 'Straight Outta Compton' Star Jason Mitchell Lands 'Kong: Skull Island' Role (Exclusive)
  17. 'Kong: Skull Island' Moving From Universal to Warner Bros. - Variety
  18. King Kong On Move to Warner Bros, Presaging Godzilla Monster Matchup - Deadline
  19. King Kong vs. Godzilla Planned as Skull Island Heads to WB! - ComingSoon.net
  20. Hollywood Gorilla Warfare: It's Universal vs. Legendary Over 'Kong: Skull Island' (and Who Says "Thank You") - The Hollywood Reporter
  21. Kong: Skull Island Script Contains References to 2014's Godzilla, Pacific Rim 2 Indefinitely Delayed - ComingSoon.net
  22. Guillermo Del Toro is still working on Pacific Rim 2 - Entertainment Weekly
  23. Legendary and Warner Bros. Pictures Announce Cinematic Franchise Uniting Godzilla, King Kong and Other Iconic Giant Monsters - Legendary
  24. Toby Kebbell clears up Kong: Skull Island rumors - Entertainment Weekly
  25. Kong: Skull Island director promises 'the biggest Kong that you've seen on screen' - Entertainment Weekly
  26. Kong: Skull Island Trailer - YouTube
  27. 27.0 27.1 Lesnick, Silas. (October 11, 2016) Shine a Light on a New Kong: Skull Island Monster Comingsoon.net
  28. Ferry, David. (June 1, 1993) Gilgamesh: A New Rendering in English Verse, p. 16. Farner, Straus, and Giroux New York. Retrieved from Google Books
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  40. (November 13, 2016) MONARCH on Twitter
  41. (November 13, 2016) Wisp Wool on Twitter
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  44. (November 14, 2016) Loki Must Kneel on Twitter
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  49. Kong: Skull Island - Legendary Pictures
  50. Kong: Skull Island on Warner Bros. Japan's official website
  51. Nugent, John. (December 28, 2016) Exclusive concept art for Kong: Skull Island revealed. Empire

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The King of the Monsters

one month 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.


one month ago
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Speaking of Skullcrawler, should an article be made for this kaiju?

The King of the Monsters

one month ago
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There will be an article for it once we have a little more information on it.


2 months ago
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The trailer will premiere tonight on Jimmy Kimmel. [2]

The King of the Monsters

2 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.


2 months ago
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Rokmutul's back then.

The King of the Monsters

2 months ago
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What are you talking about?


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


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


2 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.

Magara M&E

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


2 months ago
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On the website I mean.


2 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%.


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


3 months ago
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Yeah. Monarch connection.


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


4 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)