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Kong: Skull Island (2017)

Postby mark ballz » Sat Dec 11, 2004 3:58 pm

New novel coming out from Dark Horse Press.

read all about it here.
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Postby SparkieGojira » Sat Dec 11, 2004 3:59 pm

Yes I soo whant to see this! The art work is amazing!
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Postby bunnyhero » Sat Dec 11, 2004 4:18 pm

wow, thanks for the info!

check out pictures of the book on the official site:
http://www.kongskullisland.com/bookinfo.htm

beautiful.

more kaiju fiction is always a good thing! :D
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Postby Outkaster » Mon Dec 13, 2004 6:01 pm

Yeah it looks cool. I hope it will keep quiet the fools over on moviemistakes.com that keep writing about KK.
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Postby takuGuy » Mon Dec 13, 2004 6:25 pm

Looks very cool! Thanks for the heads up.
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Postby Outkaster » Mon Apr 04, 2005 12:37 am

Make sure to get this book because it is indeed awesome. I hope Jackson looks at it as a posssible idea for a new movie.
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Postby AVERY GUERRA » Mon Jul 27, 2009 11:30 am

Hell yes!!!! It's finally happening!!!:
http://www.joblo.com/arrow/index.php?id=17584
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Postby king_ghidorah » Mon Jul 27, 2009 11:45 am

Oh dear god! If this films comes to pass...wow...just wow...seems like it will never come to pass but if it does then this is easily now my most anticipated film.

Loved the book! So much better than Jackson's movie in my opinion
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Postby AVERY GUERRA » Mon Jul 27, 2009 12:41 pm

Well it's definitely got better chances now since "Spirit Pictures" are now backing "Fantastic Films" so let's hope we will get to see it!
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Postby MouthForWar » Mon Jul 27, 2009 3:46 pm

I read the book and thought it was a fun little read. A movie should be fun as long as it isn't made as a sci fi channel movie or something. I've never heard of "Spirit Pictures" in my life.
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Postby AVERY GUERRA » Mon Jul 27, 2009 4:01 pm

It also may be retitled to "KING KONG: THE BEGINNING":

http://www.fantasticfilmsinternational. ... .html#kong

Apparently the company's also working on Ray Harryhausen's "WAR EAGLES"!! We had covered both films some time back before this new announcement here:

http://roberthood.net/blog/index.php/20 ... -dreaming/

http://roberthood.net/blog/index.php/20 ... eagles-fly
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Postby MouthForWar » Mon Jul 27, 2009 4:04 pm

I remember being concerned about War Eagles because it was being funded by a Z-Grade company with a barely existing track record of crap.

This is bad news bears. Don't bring Kong to Z-Grade territory, please. We really don't need another King Kong Lives. I don't like the idea of it being all CGI either. I'll take live action Kong, please.

Also, looking at Fantastic Films' website doesn't inspire a bit of hope inside my Kong-loving soul. This is almost guaranteed to go straight to DVD/Sci-Fi. DO NOT WANT.
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Postby Flame of Udin » Mon Jul 27, 2009 5:03 pm

MouthForWar wrote:I remember being concerned about War Eagles because it was being funded by a Z-Grade company with a barely existing track record of crap.

This is bad news bears. Don't bring Kong to Z-Grade territory, please. We really don't need another King Kong Lives. I don't like the idea of it being all CGI either. I'll take live action Kong, please.

Also, looking at Fantastic Films' website doesn't inspire a bit of hope inside my Kong-loving soul. This is almost guaranteed to go straight to DVD/Sci-Fi. DO NOT WANT.


Sorry but keep in mind the monster Gaw is in Kong: King of Skull Island that acts as the god the natives sacrifice to before Kong arrives on the scene. If we get to see that then I am game!

On the other hand this movie is going to be completely unwanted my the movie-going public, but the kids are going to be in heaven!

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Postby Danno » Mon Jul 27, 2009 6:04 pm

I'd only be interested if Weta Digital was behind it. I don't trust anybody else to bring skull island to life. They set the bar high.
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Postby Shonokin » Mon Jul 27, 2009 6:49 pm

Looks like Fantastic Films Inc is just a secondary market agent/distributor. I guess they are one of those middle man companies that finds all the drek around the world that places like scifi channel buys and brands as "scifi channel originals".

I wouldn't have much hopes in any of these productions being anything spectacular.

OTOH they do have THE LOST SKELETON OF CADAVRA.
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Postby MouthForWar » Mon Jul 27, 2009 7:50 pm

I seriously don't know about this, guys. King Kong is too good a monster to be reduced Z-Grade, Sci-Fi Channel type garbage.
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Postby Flame of Udin » Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:03 pm

MouthForWar wrote:I seriously don't know about this, guys. King Kong is too good a monster to be reduced Z-Grade, Sci-Fi Channel type garbage.


That's probably what they were saying in the 60's when Honda was directing King Kong Escapes (sorry, I couldn't resist).

But seriously, I doubt they are going to Asylum-ize this picture. This movie is based on a book that got both the Cooper's AND Ray Harryhausen's blessing and while I am not really a fan of the book I am going to go out on a limb for this one and see what they come out with, like I said earlier, the 60's exploited Kong like made and toda we have old cartoons and a Toho movie we all look back on and smile. At least wait for some stills of production.

But I can totally understand everyone's criticisms. This a not only a beloved character, but a landmark in special effects and story. There is a HUGE bar to go over and it more then likely will not do so, I am just happy that I will have yet another Kong adventure to show my little one when he's born like my mother did with me by showing me King Kong Escapes. Sorry but I am on full on corny mode now.
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Postby lhb412 » Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:05 pm

A bit OT, but how cool would it be if some independent distrubuter got the rights and did it Lost Skeleton of Cadavra style: make King Kong vs. Frankenstein using stop motion and just making it look like 1962.
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Postby Flame of Udin » Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:13 pm

lhb412 wrote:A bit OT, but how cool would it be if some independent distrubuter got the rights and did it Lost Skeleton of Cadavra style: make King Kong vs. Frankenstein using stop motion and just making it look like 1962.


Was never a fan of that idea. and the KK vs. Frankenstein idea dated back way before 62'.
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Postby The Giant Pacific Octopus » Mon Jul 27, 2009 9:51 pm

MouthForWar wrote:I seriously don't know about this, guys. King Kong is too good a monster to be reduced Z-Grade, Sci-Fi Channel type garbage.


Agreed. This is what this project is starting to sound like. If Universal or Warner Brothers (2 major studios that have rights to the character) were behind this ( live-action with a solid budget), I'd be excited. But that doesn't seem to be the case. Spirit Productions? Fantastic Films International? Who?

Even though I'm a fan of King Kong and would love to see another movie, I'm hoping this never gets made under these circumstances.
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Postby Tom R VanSlambrouck » Mon Jul 27, 2009 10:40 pm

Is the book a comic or is it actually a novel?

Not sure what to think of the new Kong movie, could be good.

OT: But Giant Pacific Octopus is that image from your avatar from a movie or just something you found on the web?
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Postby The Giant Pacific Octopus » Mon Jul 27, 2009 11:03 pm

Tom R VanSlambrouck wrote:Is the book a comic or is it actually a novel?


Novel then comic.

To make a long story short, Merian C Cooper's estate (headed by his son Richard Merian Cooper) owns limited rights to the King Kong character. The estate controls the story. Richard commisoned a story that was written by Joe Devito that was a sequel/prequel story to the King Kong story. (It ignores Son of Kong because that was strictly a film now copyrighted by Time/Warner and the Estate doesn't have any rights to it.)

The story (Kong: King of Skull Island) was published as a novel by Dark Horse Press in both hardcover and Paperback editions back in 2005, and featured some wonderful interior artwork.

AAM Markosia (a British comic company probably famous for thier Starship Troopers comics) published a 5 issue comic book adaptation of the novel a few years ago.

OT: But Giant Pacific Octopus is that image from your avatar from a movie or just something you found on the web?


I scanned it from an old issue of People magazine from 1996. It was a publicity photo for the made for TV movie The Beast by Peter Benchley.
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Postby walshiam » Mon Jul 27, 2009 11:34 pm

and here comes the movie.......................
Variety reports:
Spirit Pictures is looking to breathe new life into King Kong and a project initially developed by effects legend Ray Harryhausen.
Producers at the shingle have picked up the rights to the book "Kong: King of Skull Island," a prequel to the well-known tale of the big ape.

Penned by Joe DeVito and Brad Strickland, book focuses on the backstory of Skull Island and how the giant gorilla became king there. It introduces other giant gorillas and dinosaurs only hinted at in the previous films.

The book was published at the same time Peter Jackson was producing his remake of "King Kong."

Rights to make the movie were brokered with the Merian C. Cooper family, who own the Kong property. Cooper co-directed the original "Kong," released in 1933.

"We're very concerned with honoring Merian C. Cooper's legacy in Hollywood. We want to make sure that whatever we deliver will honor his memory," said Spirit's Steve Iles, who worked on videogames for the "Star Wars" and "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchises through his Pocket Studios game company.

The plan is to produce the film using motion-capture technology such as Robert Zemeckis used to make "The Polar Express," "Beowulf" and the upcoming "A Christmas Carol." Spirit's own facility would produce the CG work.

Spirit also is developing "War Eagles," a project Cooper and Harryhausen had developed together and were nearly set to produce before the outbreak of WWII. The period actioner is set in 1939 and revolves around an ace fighter-pilot who tests a new jet and winds up crash-landing in the arctic, where he encounters a lost civilization that's been thriving there for centuries.

"It's one of those films that a certain level of the industry is aware of," said Arnold Kunert, producer on both "Kong" and "Eagles." "It's a combination of all the things that have worked in adventure films for the last 70 or 80 years."

Andy Briggs is working on the scripts for both films, with Spirit also developing offshoots like graphic novels, videogames and toys.

Iles and Kunert will produce both pics through Spirit, which is still seeking production partners on the projects.
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Postby Tom R VanSlambrouck » Tue Jul 28, 2009 12:34 am

Ah okay I guess i'll have to pick up the book sometime.

I thought that image looked familiar in your avatar TGPO
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Postby gojira_fan » Tue Jul 28, 2009 2:25 pm

Part of me wishes they could film these using stop motion.
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