By Travis Martin
While a slight picture and a the teaser trailer only revealed small details, a new picture from “Kong: Skull Island” shows the titular King Kong in full form. Entertainment Weekly got the exclusive picture, which shows Kong roaring. With the picture, EW also got the exclusive from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts about the vision for the beast.
Vogt-Roberts state, “I had a mandate that I wanted a kid to be able to doodle him on the back of a piece of homework and for his shapes to be simple and hopefully iconic enough that, like, a third grader could draw that shape and you would know what it is. A big part of our Kong was I wanted to make something that gave the impression that he was a lonely God, he was a morose figure, lumbering around this island.
“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.”
The film stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Jason Mitchell, and Corey Hawkins. Vogt-Roberts directs a script by Max Borenstein, Derek Connolly, John Gatins, and Dan Gilroy. “Kong: Skull Island” comes out on March 10, 2017.