You knew this would happen. One of the greatest films of all-time is getting a movie prequel. King Kong has been re-made several times since the original 1933 release, but it has never received the sequel or prequel treatment. Until now.
Spirit Pictures has announced that they will be adapting the book Kong: The King of Skull Island written by Joe DeVito and Brad Strickland. The book focuses on the backstory of Skull Island, how it became inhabited with wild creatures like dinosaurs, insects, and giant gorillas. That’s right, “gorillas” is plural. Apparently there were other enormous primates on the island that we will find out about in the film.
The film is going to be produced using motion capture technology in the same vain as Robert Zemeckis’ Polar Express and Beowulf. Spirit’s own facility will be doing the CG work.
My question is, how is there going to be any dialogue? Will only the animals be featured, or will we get an insight into the human inhabitants and how they deal with their environment? Will Kong talk?
This is another example of studios running out of ideas and so instead ruining something that we have all come to know and love. The fact that Kong’s origin is a mystery is one of the main reasons that the story is so interesting. There is absolutely no need for this film.
It makes me wonder what’s next? A sequel to Citizen Kane? Prequel Lawrence of Arabia? Wouldn’t surprise me.