Kong: Skull Island Partially Set in 1970s Detroit
Legendary Pictures made the surprise announcement at Comic-Con this past summer that they are moving forward with a new King Kong prequel movie entitled Kong: Skull Island. When the official synopsis was released last month, it revealed that the project "will fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island." Given the title and this synopsis, most fans just assumed that the entire movie would be set on the island, but, during an interview with MTV, cast member J.K. Simmons revealed another setting, while discussing what attracted him to the movie.
"When it first came to my attention, 'There's interest in you for a new King Kong,' I thought, 'Okay...Why?' But then I met with Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who's going to be directing it and John Gatins, who's writing and Tom (Hiddleston). Jordan was just so passionate and so smart. There's such an interesting, new take on it. It's set in Detroit in 1971, which is where I grew up. We're going to shoot it in Detroit during baseball season, so I'll be able to go to Tigers games! There's a lot to like about this movie!"
Of course, it isn't known how much of the story will be set in Detroit, and how much will be on Skull Island, but this is also the first we've heard about a period setting for the project. We also reported last week that Michael Keaton is joining the cast alongside Tom Hiddleston and J.K. Simmons, although no details were given regarding their characters. While we wait for more details on this highly-anticipated adventure set for release on March 10, 2017, take a look at J.K. Simmons' video interview below.