When the first trailer of Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ much-awaited King Kong reboot, Kong: Skull Island, debuted last July, we really didn’t get a closer look at the gigantic ape. Until now.
A new image has been released online that shows a close-up shot of the colossal creature, which is considered as the largest version of the legendary monster, measuring up to 100 feet tall.
Indie filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) directs this re-imagined story of the fabled giant, which stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, and John Goodman.
Set during the Vietnam War in 1970s, Hiddleston and the rest of the group come face to face with the massive beast after setting foot on the mysterious Skull Island.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Vogt-Roberts described his style of bringing the famous ape to the big screen again:
We sort of went back to the 1933 version in the sense that he’s a bipedal creature that walks in an upright position, as opposed to the anthropomorphic, anatomically correct silverback gorilla that walks on all fours. Our Kong was intended to say, like, this isn’t just a big gorilla or a big monkey. This is something that is its own species. It has its own set of rules, so we can do what we want and we really wanted to pay homage to what came before…and yet do something completely different.
When asked if they are going to follow the current (and sometimes effective) trend in monster films, where the creature shows up after a significant amount of time, this is what the director has to say:
We’re also fundamentally not playing the same game that Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla did and most monster movies do, which I’m sort of sick of the notion that a monster movie needs to wait an hour or 40 minutes until the creature shows up. Kong traditionally does not show up in these movies until very, very late, and the monster traditionally does not show up until very, very late in a monster movie, so a lot of these movies tend to have this structure that’s a bit of a slow burn. Something about this movie made me want to reject that and play a very, very different game.
Kong: Skull Island roars into theaters on March 10, 2017.