Kong to Climb the Big Screen in Prequel: Kong: King of Skull Island

We don’t know about you guys but we can’t get enough Kong, and consume it lovingly in all shapes and sizes no matter how good or bad! Who can’t laugh at King Kong Lives‘ Queen Kong and her pendulous gorilla titties? Or the Japanese Kong that had eyebrows and like nineteen elbows in his arms! Or better yet who hasn’t watched Peter Jackson’s version of King Kong and thought to themselves at least once during its massive run time — “This is what I go to the movies for!” Looks like we’re gonna have another reason to head to theatres again soon!

Variety reports that Spirit Pictures have picked up the rights to the book “Kong: King of Skull Island,” a prequel to the well-known tale of the big ape.

Penned by Joe DeVito and Brad Strickland, book focuses on the backstory of Skull Island and how the giant gorilla became king there. It introduces other giant gorillas and dinosaurs only hinted at in the previous films. The book was published at the same time Peter Jackson was producing his remake of “King Kong.”

Their plan for the movie is to film it via motion-capture-technology similar to the way Robert Zemeckis used to make The Polar Express, Beowulf and the upcoming A Christmas Carol. Spirit’s own facility would produce the CG work, and Andy Briggs is working on the script.

While that sounds cool, super cool, we’d still prefer another live action monster mash but like I said earlier … we love the big guy no matter what! Look for more soon and pre-order the book below!

Kong to Climb the Big Screen in Prequel: Kong: King of Skull Island

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  • Floydian Trip

    Ha, I am planning to go to the bookstore tomorrow and I’m gonna see if they have it. If I can get enjoyment out of a supermarket, paperback novelization of PJ’s King Kong I’m sure I’d enjoy this one. I don’t think there’s such a thing as too much King Kong. It’s like The Invasion of the Body Snatchers. They can keep making ’em and I’ll keep going to see them.

  • Floydian Trip

    I’m gonna have to pick this book up. I never heard of it. Kinda iffy on the idea but I’ll wait and see.

    • frank_dracman

      Floyd, pick it up. I’m sure it’s lighter than what you usually read and it has a lot of pretty pictures, but if you have even the slightest interest in Kong (and more importantly Skull Island) you’ll love it.
      It’s one of those books that made me think “Man, this would make a great movie”. Yes, I’m excited.

  • frank_dracman

    Yup, the book was great. I personally liked the fantasy-like quality to it. Only problem I see is that it seemed to focus more on the humans than the creatures on the island. There were some awesome parts, don’t get me wrong, I just hope they can do the source material justice.

    And yes, Gaw Vs Kong would be totally radical.

  • Vermithrax

    I don’t know, while I will NEVER be against the idea of a movie with dinosaurs and Kong. I did browse the book and it seemed alittle too fantasy based to fit my liking for the realistic basis Jackson’s Kong had.

    On the plus side, the book has a huge, Godzilla-like dinosaur named ‘Gaw’ that used to be the natives god before Kong arrived, so those fanboys looking for a King Kong vs. Godzilla clash using modern effects, this might be as close as you are going to get.

    Also, Kong: King of Skull Island is a sequel to King Kong, AND it had an introduction by Ray Harryhausen, so ifit has his approval then I’m there!

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