Unfortunately due to scheduling conflicts Michael Keaton and J.K Simmons have left the Kong: Skull Island project. The conflicts are believed to come from upcoming projects which include for Keaton  The Founder the story of how McDonalds rose to fame and for Simmons press for Terminator Genisys as well as the upcoming The Accountant and action film The Lake.

This King Kong origins movie will however still have Tom Hiddleston on board to star and Jordan Vogt-Roberts to direct.  John Gatins and Max Borenstein have written the script, about a team of explorers who venture deep into the Island that is home to the iconic King Kong. Legendary-Universal Pictures recently said the story honors the foundations of the King Kong lore created in the 1933 film.

 Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce along with Alex Garcia and Mary Parent. Eric McLeod will be exec producing. Production is expected to start later this year. it is set to open on March 10, 2017.