The upcoming Kong: Skull Island features a much larger sized King Kong than Peter Jackson’s more recent take on the eighth wonder of the world. While many have thought the increased size of the ape was due to the fact he will face off against Godzilla in Legendary’s cinematic monster universe, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts recently told SFX that the intent behind the increased size of Kong is actually to help audiences feel a sense of wonderment and see the monstrous sized ape as a god:
“If you stand in front of a 25-foot gorilla you’re gonna think, ‘That’s a really big gorilla”. If you stand in front of a 100-foot-tall bipedal ape with a sense of nobility to it, I want your brain to say, ‘The only way I reconcile this is to say that’s a god. That’s something primordial that’s bigger than me. That’s something I can’t possibly understand. I am being confronted directly with myth. I’m looking at myth.’”
Vogt-Roberts then went further to make sure we understand the size of Kong has nothing to do with his future battle with Godzilla:
“So what does your brain do? How do you react? How do you pivot? How do you respond? How do you move forward? There are obvious franchise connections in terms of where his size goes and what that does, but for me, the size has nothing to do with that. It’s purely about the human perception of looking in awe at something bigger than us. Because a big part of the movie is about how this universe is bigger than us.”
While this version of the giant gorilla will be the largest take in recent years, Vogt-Roberts revealed the 1966 version actually features the largest Kong to date:
“There’s not technically a size given to him. But if you were to take scale cues, technically that Kong would be bigger”.
But the 1966 version hasn’t been said to have been an influence on the project. Vogt-Roberts previously said the 1933 version was his touchstone for the take on Kong in Kong: Skull Island.
The film stars Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Mitchell, Corey Hawkins, Toby Kebbell, Tom Wilkinson, Terry Notary, John Goodman and John C. Reilly. Here’s the official synopsis:
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ “Kong: Skull Island” reimagines the origin of the mythic Kong in a compelling, original adventure from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. In the film, a diverse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific—as beautiful as it is treacherous—unaware that they’re crossing into the domain of the mythic Kong.
Kong: Skull Island hits theaters March 10, 2017.