Legendary offers director Joe Cornish to direct its upcoming film “Skull Island,” a prequel to the blockbuster hit, “King Kong.” Read on for more details about the story.
At the Legendary panel at the San Diego Comic-Con Hall-H, studio head Thomas Tull left the crowd with one last surprise — an announcement teaser for a “King Kong” prequel, “Skull Island.” With its success in “Godzilla” earlier this year, Legendary is turning its attention to another oversized creature with the upcoming pic, “Skull Island.” “Skull Island” will explore King Kong’s mythic origins on the giant-filled island.
According to Deadline, Director Joe Cornish is offered to take on the role of directing the said film. Cornish is known for his directorial debut, “Attack the Block,” a low-budget alien sci-fi action. The “Attack the Block” director has turned down a number of other big budget high-profile projects such as “Star Trek 3,” “A Good Day to Die Hard” and is currently engaged in his upcoming project “Section Six,” a spy caper by Universal, a drama from Aaron Berg’s screenplay about the formation of MI6 Brit intelligence branch. Whether he will take the reins for “Skull Island” or not is still currently unknown.
Legendary has also featured films such as Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim,” a movie about gigantic robots battling giant creatures, and “Godzilla.” Legendary might just be setting the trend for giant monster movies, also announcing that a sequel “Godzilla 2” is in production. The panel also presented Guillermo del Toro’s “Crimson Peak” and polled the crowd about two potential projects he could eventually direct — “Hellboy 3” and “At Mountains of Madness” — making the crowd go nuts. At the end of the panel, he made an impromptu public response to Guillermo, saying that he will talk to the filmmaker about both of those projects after he makes “Pacific Rim 2,” which already has an April 7, 2017 release date.
“Skull Island” is a prequel to 2005 box office hit “King Kong,” a remake of the 1933 film of the same name. It was directed, co-written and produced by Peter Jackson and has grossed up to $550M worldwide. The prequel is scheduled for a release on Nov. 4, 2016.
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