Merian C. Cooper's legendary gigantic gorilla once again comes to life, except this time- the upcoming adventure movie focuses on King Kong's origins- something the earlier adaptations did not touch. It is a reboot of the King Kong franchise and serves as a second installment of the Godzilla-Kong film franchise, the first being 2014's Godzilla.
In the original story line, a filmmaker (Robert Armstrong) hires a down on her luck young woman (Fay Wray) as his leading woman in his new film- which is to be shot at a remote exotic island- called Skull Island. In the course of time, the young woman, Ann and the chartered ship's first mate, Jack Driscoll (Bruce Cabot) fall in love. Ann is later kidnapped by the natives after the Captain refuses to exchange her for six native women; and offered as sacrifice to King Kong. She is rescued and Kong is taken to New York City; where he causes major havoc until he's shot down by the military.
This served as the plot of the 1933 movie and the 2005 remake; the character of Jack Driscoll (Adrian Brody) changed from the ship's first mate to a writer, who later goes to rescue Ann (Naomi Watts) from Kong. Fray Wray, who played the original Ann in the original movie was offered a cameo, but she passed away before she could do so.
The 1976 adaptation was the film début of Jessica Lange who played Dwan, an actress rescued by the ship crew on their way to the Island to seek oil; falling in love with Jack Driscoll (Jeff Bridges)- a paleontologist along for the ride. Unlike the 1933 and 2005 adaptations- the final battle took place on top of the World Trade Center instead of the Empire State Building.
Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts; Kong: Skull Island stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman and Brie Larson. It is scheduled to be released in the United States on the 10th of March, 2017.