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Godzilla Writer Max Borenstein to Write Skull Island; Joe Cornish Being Courted to Direct

13 hours ago | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

One of the genuine surprises from this year's Comic-Con is that Legendary Pictures announced a new King Kong project was in the works, that would serve as a prequel to the traditional Kong story.  At the time, the only information we had on Skull Island was a release date with no information on who'd be writing or directing the film.  Now we know one of those, and potentially the other.  Come inside to learn more!

This report is coming from Deadline, who says that Max Borenstein, the scribe who helped reboot Godzilla for Gareth Edwards will be handling the writing duties on Skull Island as well. On top of that, it looks like the studios are currently trying to snag Joe Cornish (Attack the Block) to direct the monster movie.  Cornish has had his name dropped with a number of high profile films, but he's not really attached to much, »

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Attack the Block's Joe Cornish wanted for King Kong reboot

18 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Joe Cornish has been offered the King Kong reboot.

Legendary Pictures wants the Attack the Block filmmaker to direct its newly-announced film Skull Island, reports Deadline.

Max Borenstein is working on the script, which will tell the "mythic origins of King Kong" on the remote island where giant monsters rule.

Cornish is also in line for Universal Pictures' Section 6 - telling the story of the foundation of MI6 - with Skins' Jack O'Connell starring.

The director is yet to commit to his next project.

Peter Jackson was responsible for the most recent 2005 King Kong film.

The first King Kong movie was released in 1933 and brought its monster to life using stop-motion animation. A high-profile remake, starring Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange, was released in 1976, with a Linda Hamilton-led sequel following in 1986.

Skull Island is scheduled for release on November 4, 2016. »

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Legendary wants Joe Cornish to direct Skull Island

19 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Legendary Pictures surprised audiences at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend by announcing that not only do they have a new King Kong film in the works, but they’ve already slated it for a November 4, 2016 release. Titled Skull Island, the film lacks any concrete details, but it’s probably safe to assume that it will explore Kong’s eponymous home, which houses several mysterious and dangerous creatures, many of whom were thought to be extinct.

According to Deadline, Attack the Block director Joe Cornish is at the top of the studio’s wishlist to helm the project.  In his report, Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr. writes:

“I’m told they’ve offered the directing job to Joe Cornish, who has been offered big movies since his low-budget alien-invasion breakthrough pic Attack the Block. I’m not sure if Cornish will take the job because he’s offered so much – like Universal’s Section Six… »

- James Garcia

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'The Hobbit' Comic-Con panel is now online: The top 5 highlights

28 July 2014 6:04 PM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

The Comic-Con panel for The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies went online today, making this Monday especially delightful for those unable to attend the madness in San Diego over the weekend. “Huzzah!” Tolkien fans everywhere shouted.

The panel saw numerous cast and crew—including Peter Jackson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Orlando Bloom, Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Elijah Wood, and Andy Serkis—dole out trivia, make shocking confessions, and laugh with a costumed Stephen Colbert (seriously). Here are the highlights:

1. Stephen Colbert as moderator: Colbert is a J.R.R. Tolkien super-fan (see: the full Hobbit costume he wore during the panel). The late-night »

- C. Molly Smith

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9 Biggest Surprises of Comic-Con 2014

28 July 2014 3:26 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Some are still buzzing with energy, while others are a little sad that it's all over for another year. There are even those dour sourpusses who feel this year was nothing but lackluster. Even if that's the case, Comic-Con 2014 wasn't without its surprises. Maybe there weren't as many as in years past. And the fact that neither Marvel nor DC announced any of its upcoming titles still stings. But, dang that footage! Both studios are clearly on the path to releasing two of the biggest movies of all time! It's clear that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Avengers: Age of Ultron will be vying to knock Avatar off its perch as the top grossing movie of all time. But seeing the latest and first footage from these superhero behemoths wasn't the only fun studios had with their fans and ever-expanding audience. There were a couple of curveballs thrown »

- MovieWeb

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Legendary producing a new King Kong film, ‘Skull Island’, for 2016

27 July 2014 12:58 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

In a surprise announcement yesterday at Comic-Con, Legendary Pictures revealed that they are developing  a new King Kong film called Skull Island. The film will explore the world of Kong, which is inhabited by a large menagerie of prehistoric creatures. This news comes shortly after the company’s spilt with Warner Brothers and a newly minted partnership with Universal Studios. Legendary seems to be going all in on the monster movie business as they are currently also producing both the Godzilla and Pacific Rim franchises. No other information has been provided on Skull Island and if the film will be at all connected to Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake in any way.

The studio showed a brief teaser of the film that ended with the Eighth Wonder of the World roaring atop the skull shaped mountain. A press release provided by Legendary from Deadline had this to say: “Previous works have touched on the island, »

- Max Molinaro

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Legendary Announces New King Kong Film Skull Island For 2016

26 July 2014 3:26 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Legendary excited audiences today at San Diego Comic-Con with their official announcement of Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla sequel, but that wasn’t the only monstrous fan-favorite character up the studio’s sleeve. The panel concluded with the surprise announcement that a new King Kong film is in the works, titled Skull Island, and it already has a release date for November 4th, 2016.

The last time we saw the monstrous gorilla on the big screen was in Peter Jackson’s eponymous 2005 remake starring Jack Black, Naomi Watts, Adrien Brody, and motion capture legend Andy Serkis as Kong. He’s currently impressing audiences around the world with his portrayal of another primate, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘ Caesar… could he return for Skull Island? 

The new film was announced via teaser footage, which consisted of a race across a restless ocean, and through the foliage and rocks on a deserted island. »

- James Garcia

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Gareth Edwards to Helm Godzilla Sequel; King Kong Reboot Named Skull Island

26 July 2014 3:10 PM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

There was some big news out of Legendary’s Comic-Con panel today. First of all, Gareth Edwards confirmed that he will return to direct a sequel to Godzilla, though no release window was revealed.

Edwards will of course be busy with one of the secret Star Wars spin-off movies for the next couple of years, but the fact that he will return to helm the follow-up to his reboot of the franchise is great news.

However, those of you who thought that the movie wasn’t quite action-packed enough will be glad to hear that some familiar monsters will be joining Gozdilla in the sequel. Those have been confirmed as Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah! There’s also talk of others appearing, but this is one heck of a good start.

That wasn’t the only surprise Legendary had though. They revealed that Skull Island will be released on November 4th, »

- Josh Wilding

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Monster Madness! Legendary Announces Godzilla 2 & a New King Kong Project

26 July 2014 2:11 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

If you're a fan of monster movies (like me), then you'll be pretty happy with what happened during Legendary's Sdcc panel.  As rumored, they announced Godzilla 2 and even confirmed that Gareth Edwards will be returning to direct it.  Better yet, they even revealed which monsters will be making an appearance this time that classic Godzilla fans should be happy about.  Need more movie monster action?  A new King Kong project is in the works that will take us back to Skull Island.  Come inside to learn more!

I love monster movies.  Always have, and probably always will.  So I'm pretty happy that the genre has been seeing something of a resurgence lately.  I thoroughly enjoyed this year's Godzilla and can't wait to see what they plan on doing with the character next.  Since Gareth Edwards is working on a Star Wars film for 2016, we might not see Godzilla 2 for a while, »

- (Jordan Maison)

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King Kong movie Skull Island announced for 2016 at Comic-Con

26 July 2014 1:42 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Legendary Pictures has announced a new King Kong movie titled Skull Island.

The studio revealed a November 16, 2016 release date for the blockbuster during its panel at Comic-Con International today (July 26).

A short teaser for the monster movie was also shown towards the close of the studio's Hall H presentation in San Diego. "We penetrated deeper and deeper into the very heart of darkness," it proclaimed, before showing a fully-rendered King Kong roar loudly.

Legendary, now partnered with Universal Pictures after launching with Warner Bros in 2005, will add King Kong to its monster properties Godzilla and Pacific Rim.

The first King Kong movie was released in 1933 and brought its monster to life using stop-motion animation. A high-profile remake, starring Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange, was released in 1976, with a Linda Hamilton-led sequel following in 1986.

The most recent incarnation was Peter Jackson's 2005 remake, featuring Andy Serkis as Kong in a CG performance capture turn. »

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Comic-Con 2014: Legendary Reveals King Kong Project 'Skull Island'

26 July 2014 1:41 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

While many were hoping for some footage from Jurassic World to close out the Legendary Pictures panel at Comic-Con today, instead the audience was treated to a surprise teaser trailer for a project that we hadn't heard of at all before. Now that Legendary has successfully brought Godzilla back to the big screen in a successful way, their new home at Universal Pictures wants to use their power to inject new life into King Kong. The teaser shown soared through choppy waters and to a rainy island while an ominous voiceover alluded to a dark, mysterious place. And that's when the monstrous ape appears, roaring and thumping his chest before the title Skull Island appears. So what the hell is this surprise at Legendary? A press release reveals that it's inspired by the titular cinematic location, and will explore the "cinematic origins" of King Kong. So that means there's no »

- Ethan Anderton

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Legendary Announces King Kong Feature Film ‘Skull Island’

26 July 2014 1:37 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

It’s monster mayhem at Legendary’s Comic-Con panel today. After revealing three monsters that will appear with Godzilla in the next installment of Gareth Edward’s saga on the radioactive reptile, Legendary closed out their panel by announcing that they are working on a feature film called Skull Island via a teaser video. The film will explore the cinematic home of King Kong, including the big beast himself.

Skull Island already has a release date: November 4th, 2016. The teaser ended by showing footage of King Kong, so moviegoers can expect to be reintroduced to the beloved monster. It’s uncertain if Skull Island will be a continuation of Peter Jackson’s 2005 King Kong film or a complete reboot. With Legendary also distributing the Godzilla films, there will certainly be speculation from fans that this could be the setup to a King Kong/Godzilla showdown somewhere along the line. We »

- Derek Anderson

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King Kong returning to the big screen for Skull Island

26 July 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Legendary and Universal started their Hall H presentation off by announcing that Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah will be doing battle with the King of the Monsters in Godzilla 2, and they’ve just closed it off by revealing that another classic movie monster is heading back to the big screen as King Kong returns for Skull Island.

A short teaser for the film was shown, which Coming Soon describes as showing “ a jungle surrounded by water with a lot of narration. We see images of monkeys swinging through trees, some sort of dinosaur like creature in the water. The narration talks about ‘it’s very existence being improbable. Being alone in the wilderness had driven it mad. We penetrated deeper and deeper ingot he heart of darkness.’ And yes indeed, they showed an image of what is Clearly King Kong roaring and beating his chest. It actually looked better than the Peter Jackson version. »

- Gary Collinson

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King Kong Could Return In "Skull Island"

26 July 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

In perhaps the biggest surprise announcement of Comic Con so far, Legendary Entertainment has announced plans for "Skull Island," a new film starring that great big ape King Kong in his home environment.

Legendary revealed the project at its Comic-Con panel on Saturday via an early teaser, and followed that up with a confirmed November 4th 2016 release date.

The movie is Not expected to be either a sequel or reboot to Peter Jackson's 2005 "King Kong" movie. The island appeared in the original 1933 "King Kong" film and subsequent movies, and is home to prehistoric creatures and a primitive society of humans.

This has lead to the immediate bit of quite likely right speculation - in a few years time we could well get a Godzilla vs. King Kong film as both belong to Legendary.

There was also reportedly audible disappointment in the crowd as there was anticipation that the first »

- Garth Franklin

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King Kong Movie ‘Skull Island’ Set for 2016

26 July 2014 1:17 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Legendary Entertainment is developing a movie based on Skull Island, better known as the home of King Kong. The pic is scheduled to be released on November 4, 2016.

While the film isn’t expected to be a sequel or reboot to the 2005 movie Peter Jackson directed for Universal, Legendary’s pic will likely feature the big ape in some form, given that he was shown roaring at the end of a clip shown at its panel at Comic-Con on Saturday. Legendary announced the project for the first time there, the same place where it first announced “Godzilla” in 2012.

The island, which gets its name from an imposing skull-shaped rock formation, first appeared in the 1933 “King Kong” and subsequent films, but also is the home of many other prehistoric creatures and a primitive society of humans.

Legendary said that while previous works have touched on the island, the film was a way »

- Marc Graser

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Comic-Con 2014: Exclusive Interview with Doug Jones on 'Space Command,' 'Falling Skies' and More!

22 July 2014 9:03 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Fauno and Pale Man in “Pan’s Layrinth.” Abe Sapien in the “Hellboy” and “Hellboy 2.” Chochise in “Falling Skies.”

You have seen Doug Jones in the past few decades playing various sort of creatures and monsters from your favorite fantasy, sci-fi or horror movie.

In a lengthy exclusive phone interview, Jones talked with us about his San Diego Comic-Con International plans for “Space Command.” He went into depth on the new sci-fi movie series with his android character.

In addition, he also discussed his other work including the TV shows of “The Strain,” “Falling Skies” and the movie “Marble Hornets.” He also discussed his involvement or soon to be with Guillermo del Toro’s “Crimson Peak,” and “The Haunted House.” And finally, he gave us some juicy details about “Hellboy 3” and “Frankenstein” that doesn’t appear to be on the radar at this time.

Doug Jones will be at »

- Gig Patta

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Review: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

19 July 2014 1:43 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

“Dawn” is a fitting word to describe the second installment of the Planet of the Apes films. Whether it’s the transition from ignorance to understanding, or the state of light invading darkness and alternatively the resistance of darkness to light, all are explored throughout director Matt Reeves’ excellent Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

The film is introduced with a quick montage of information explaining what has happened since the end of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. In nearly ten years, a deadly virus has spread, killing off a majority of humanity and leaving the world in anarchy and violence. The apes escaped into the woods outside of San Francisco and have created a colony led by the advanced Caesar (Andy Serkis). A small group of disease-immune humans remain in the city, though they are without power and low on fuel resources. The humans, desperate for electrical power, »

- Monte Yazzie

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Should Andy Serkis Win An Oscar?

18 July 2014 7:59 AM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Andy Serkis' work as a predominantly motion capture performer has changed the way movies are made.  Over the years he's put in pioneering work in the Lord Of The Rings films, King Kong, Tin Tin, two Planet Of The Apes films and upcoming roles in The Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Star Wars: Episode VII.  But does his achievments entitle him to an academy award considering the amount of CGI involved?  Check out the embedded video below for Mr Sunday and Mason's view on the matter.  And be sure to share your thoughts below and to subscribe to Mr Sunday's new channel,   Vote for Mr Sunday Movies on   If you liked this, check out the official Comic Book Movie Podcast The Weekly Planet below, the latest episode of which looks Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apess. Subscribe to it on iTunes or download it directly here. »

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Why Andy Serkis deserves an Oscar nomination for Planet of the Apes

17 July 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

It's the 1969 Academy Awards, and Walter Matthau and a tuxedo-clad chimp present John Chambers with an honorary Oscar for his work on Planet of the Apes. Viewed in retrospect it's one of the more surreal presentations in the ceremony's history, but this was something of a landmark event for the industry. It was only the second time the Academy had dished out a prize to make-up artists (William J Tuttle won four years earlier for 7 Faces of Dr Lao), and it highlighted the growing importance of Hollywood's backstage creative artists.

Fast-forward 45 years and prosthetics are giving way to digital pixels - for characters that require a complexity of movement and expression, performance capture technology gives a director the scope to execute their vision by marrying an actor's performance with visual effects. In its basic form, the actor will strap on a bodysuit that's wired up to a computer. All their »

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Exclusive: Andy Serkis Performance Capture Master

17 July 2014 4:59 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

From Gollum, to King Kong, to Caesar, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes star Andy Serkis has mastered the art of performance-capture characters and taught the world that it is performance, not just visual effects. Here’s how he does it!

Studying Hard

Serkis always does thorough research. For example, when playing King Kong he “went all out to play the psychology and the DNA of a pure gorilla,” studying the behaviour of real gorillas. For Caesar on Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, he closely looked at Oliver, the ‘humanzee’, a real-life chimpanzee with a rare genetic mutation that appeared to be a chimp-human hybrid

Finding The Physicality

Working closely with celebrated movement choreographer Terry Notary (who also plays chimp Rocket), Serkis made sure on both Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and Dawn that every gesture and movement would ring true as that of a real chimpanzee. »

- Dan Jolin

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