The marketing campaign for Kong: Skull Island has been unusually quiet. But perhaps that is the quiet before the storm.
After teasing us with the first image and some footage at SDCC and dropping a few hints at an inevitable clash between himself and Godzilla, Warner Bros. has released our first look at the iconic ape for a new generation. Check it out below.
The first image of King Kong is quite an introduction as we see the angry ape roar. But unlike the 1933 version or Peter Jackson’s telling, Kong: Skull Island takes place during the 1970s. Because the teaser hid the beast, many had wondered if Vogt-Robert’s vision of Kong would live up to expectations. Based on the image below, the filmmaker has accomplished that.
In an interview with the magazine, the director spoke about how he wanted to distinguish his Kong from those that came before it:
“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.”
One thing that Vogt-Roberts took particular interest in emphasizing was Kong’s eye:
“The eyes are hugely important, not just with a creature, but with a human. The eyes are obviously the window to the soul. When you watch any actor, half the timeâ€¦youâ€™re watching their eyes as opposed to anything else, so that was incredibly important and also weâ€™re playing a tricky game with Kong where you have a tragic hero and you have to slowly pull the rug out in terms of who this person is.”
He then talked about his approach to the character, telling a new story, and the need to explore myths:
“Kong is a very tragic and relatable figure, like Kong just goes to A) The idea of being misunderstood, which everyone can relate to, and B) That humans have a fascination with apes and where we came from and things that we donâ€™t understand. The reason that I was particularly interested in taking on this story is not only those elements of Kong and the fact that he is film history, but in particular in this instance, in our time period which is 1973, I was really interested in exploring the idea of the need for myths â€” why we need myths, why myths exist in our life. Right now, in our modern society, we are destroying myths through all of our technology and we have access to everything with our cell phones, which is amazing and itâ€™s also taken away some of the wonder of the world.”
You can check out the full interview over at Entertainment Weekly.
Starring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Corey Hawkins, and Jason Mitchell, Kong: Skull Island opens in theaters on March 10, 2017.