Birdman has given Michael Keaton a career defining performance and in doing so raised his stock considerably in Hollywood (his talent has never been in doubt). He has just wrapped the drama Spotlight and he is now in final negotiations to star in Kong: Skull Island, a King Kong prequel/spin-off for Legendary Pictures. Tom Hiddleston and J.K. Simmons are already onboard the film which will be directed Jordan Vogt-Roberts from a script written by John Gatins and Max Borenstein.
According to Deadline:
‘Kong: Skull Island promises to fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the iconic ape as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island.’
I’ve always thought the best bits in all the King Kong movies were the Skull Island sequences (the 1933 classic original will always remain the best) and I hope this can add something new to the mix (at it’s worst it could be a generic monster-chase movie). Legendary managed to pull off the near impossible and make a corkingly good Godzilla movie recently, so hopes are high for this King Kong reboot. It’s cant be any worse than Peter Jackson’s bloated mess.
It’s great seeing Keaton sign on to a high profile gig and I’m happy that he’s back on screen in a big way. I just hope he’ll be able to balance the blockbusters with edgier fare.
Kong: Skull Island will be released by Universal Pictures on 10 March 2017.