There have been a few hiccups along the way, like Godzilla 2 being pushed all the way to 2019, but the path going forward still leads to a monster showdown in 2020's Godzilla vs. Kong. That road began a couple of years ago with Gareth Edwards' Godzilla, but it continues with next year's Kong: Skull Island starring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, and Samuel L. Jackson among many others.
EW has the first shot of Hiddleston and Larson in the blockbuster epic, making their way through a gigantic boneyard. The film is directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who debuted with the excellent The Kings of Summer, and he promises this won't be the same King Kong story you've seen before...
“We’re very explicitly not telling the beauty and the beast story.The original is a classic, the ’70s version is great for what it is, and Peter [Jackson]’s version is a great retelling of the 1933 film...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, ’ ”
Kong: Skull Island hits theaters on March 10th 2017.