When we found out that there was plans to make a Godzilla vs. King Kong movie, many wondered how Kong would stand a chance against Godzilla considering how insanely big the lizard was in the 2014 reboot. Clearly Kong was going to need a big size boost if they were going to make it interesting.
Then last month the size of the new Kong in the upcoming Kong: Skull Island was revealed to be around 100 feet. Though much bigger than the usual 25 to 50 feet, it was still nowhere Godzilla’s 350+ feet. Whether Godzilla vs. King Kong will ever get made is unknown. But for today we have the first official Skull Island image, and it offers an idea of just how huge Kong might be. It’s one thing for someone to say 100 feet. It’s another thing entirely to actually see what it might look like. Check out the image below.
As you can see in the image, stars Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson stand in front of a skull. One of the skulls that give the island its name. And it is large. Of course this is not Kong, so he could be even bigger or maybe even smaller than this. But it does give us a good idea around how massive the beast will be.
Here’s what director Jordan Vogt-Roberts had to say about the first image:
“From the size of the skull, you can tell that things on this island are much bigger than audiences are used to with traditional Kong lore. Our Kong is by far the biggest Kong that you’ve seen on screen, and that translates to a lot of different things on the island.
In terms of actual size, our Kong is by far the biggest Kong. Peter Jackson’s Kong was around 25 feet. The ‘33 Kong ranged between 25 feet and 50 feet, I want to say he was 50-plus feet when he was on the Empire State Building. He varied in size dramatically! The ’70s Kong was somewhere between them.”
The movie is also not a retelling of the classic King Kong story seen in earlier movies. This time around it’s set in the ’70s, when NASA is first launching satellites to map the planet from above. These satellites discover Skull Island, which leads to the expedition there. In it Hiddleston plays a former British SAS tracker. Larson plays a war photographer “who’s seen all sorts of terrible, terrible things.”
“We’re very explicitly not telling the beauty and the beast story. The original is a classic, the ’70s version is great for what it is, and Peter’s version is a great retelling of the 1933 film.”
Skull Island tells a story more about Kong’s home, with a big focus on the size of things:
“The thing that most interested me was, how big do you need to make [Kong], so that when someone lands on this island and doesn’t believe in the idea of myth, the idea of wonder – when we live in a world of social and civil unrest, and everything is crumbling around us, and technology and facts are taking over – how big does this creature need to be, so that when you stand on the ground and you look up at it, the only thing that can go through your mind is: ‘That’s a god.'”
Interestingly enough, it’s not clear whether making Kong so big was partly due to his planned battle with Godzilla. Likely because if Skull Island doesn’t do well future movies in the monster shared universe still might not happen. Time will tell.
For now, enjoy the skull of a god.