There is a giant monster resurgence in Hollywood currently taking place, and King Kong wants in.
With all the focus primarily on superheroes at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, the supersized ape bullied his way into headlines by announcing that he’ll be returning to theaters in a couple of years.
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 to explore the mysterious and dangerous place and “take audiences deeper inside the rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions.”
Jackson’s depiction of the giant ape grossed more than $550 million worldwide, but the film seemingly reached a conclusion without a segueway for sequel.
Universal will likely be distributing the movie just as before.