King Kong in Kong: Skull Island is going to be the biggest yet, says director

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King Kong has captivated audiences throughout his cinematic history since the first iconic King Kong movie in 1933. We’re used to the giant ape having a certain size, but with Kong: Skull Island coming out next year, audiences are going to see a bigger Kong than ever before. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has hinted to EW about the size of Kong. In addition to that, a new photo has been released featuring actors Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson in front of a giant skull.

“From the size of the skull, you can tell that things on this island are much bigger than audiences are used to with traditional Kong lore,” says Vogt-Roberts. “Our Kong is by far the biggest Kong that you’ve seen on screen, and that translates to a lot of different things on the island.”

The director has definitely done his homework by discussing the sizes of the different Kongs from the past.

“In terms of actual size, our Kong is by far the biggest Kong,” he explains. “Peter Jackson’s Kong was around 25 feet. The ‘33 Kong ranged between 25 feet and 50 feet, I want to say he was 50-plus feet when he was on the Empire State Building. He varied in size dramatically! The ’70s Kong was somewhere between them.”

He also explains why the movie is set in the ’70s.

“The film takes place in the ’70s,” he explains. “The ’70s was a time where it was believable that we could still be confronted with myth. And there was still unknown in the world.”

Hiddleston plays an ex-British SAS tracker and Larson portrays a war photographer who has seen some tragic things.

The Kong movies have been known to tell a beauty and the beast story. The new movie won’t be doing that.

“We’re very explicitly not telling the beauty and the beast story,” he says. “The original is a classic, the ’70s version is great for what it is, and Peter’s version is a great retelling of the 1933 film.”

The director then talks about what it takes to make Kong magnificent.

“The thing that most interested me was, how big do you need to make [Kong], so that when someone lands on this island and doesn’t believe in the idea of myth, the idea of wonder – when we live in a world of social and civil unrest, and everything is crumbling around us, and technology and facts are taking over – how big does this creature need to be, so that when you stand on the ground and you look up at it, the only thing that can go through your mind is: ‘That’s a god.’”

Vogt-Roberts says that we’ll get to see what he’s talking about once the trailer hits.

Kong: Skull Island hits theaters on March 10, 2017.

Source: EW

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