Legendary wowed the crowd at San Diego Comic-Con with news they’re developing a new King Kong flick, and now we know who might direct Skull Island.
Deadline is reporting the studio is in talks with Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), working from a script penned by Godzilla writer Max Borenstein. Hey, Borenstein already successfully rebooted Godzilla — can’t blame them for hoping lighting will strike twice.
Not much is known about the film, other than that the log line teasing it will explore “the cinematic origins of another classic beast, King Kong.” But considering the fact that it’s called Skull Island, we’d have to assume it’ll dig into the big guy’s early days on a fantastic, monster-filled island.
With today’s modern effects work, it’s a ripe property to mine, and Legendary has a solid track record with classic properties at the moment, so this could be one to watch. We’re also intrigued by the potential Cornish hire. He’s a buzzy up-and-comer, much like Gareth Edwards was when he took the reins on Godzilla.
For those keeping score, it's been almost a decade since King Kong saw the big screen in Peter Jackson's period-set 2005 effort, which reimagined the original 1933 film. The studio is working toward a Nov. 4, 2016, release date for Skull Island.
Looking toward the future, there’s also the note that both Godzilla and King Kong are indeed at the same studio. So, if Skull Island does well ... can you say crossover?
What would you like to see from the new Skull Island?