At Legendary Pictures’ panel during Comic-Con International, the production studio announced “Skull Island” — a film based on the enigmatic home of King Kong — to be released on Nov. 4, 2016.
No writer or director is currently attached, but Legendary revealed the project by showing a short teaser that ended with the giant ape himself, King Kong, roaring.
Plot details are unknown at this time, but “Skull Island” is expected to explore the titular island in greater depth than any film before. Having first appeared in 1933’s “King Kong,” the legend surrounding the island has a lot of potential for a new story.
The island, which is notoriously difficult to get to, earned its name from a massive skull-shaped rock formation and is home to various prehistoric creatures including dinosaurs and King Kong himself. A prehistoric tribe of humans also lives on the island.
According to Legendary, the film will “take audiences deeper inside the rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions,” such as 2013’s “Pacific Rim” and this year’s “Godzilla” reboot.
It’s unclear whether “Skull Island” will feature any direct ties to the 1933 original or Peter Jackson’s 2005 “King Kong,” the latter of which grossed more than $550 million worldwide.
Other productions with a presence at Legendary’s panel included Gareth Edwards’ “Godzilla” sequel (which he will direct after the 2016 Star Wars spin-off), Michael Mann’s cyber thriller “Blackhat,” Guillermo del Toro’s “Crimson Peak” and “Warcraft,” the 2016 adaptation of the popular fantasy video game franchise from “Moon” director Duncan Jones.
Universal will likely distribute “Skull Island” as part of its first-look deal with Legendary.