Kong: Skull Island is an upcoming American monster film directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. The film is a reboot of the King Kong franchise and will serve as the second installment in Legendary’s Godzilla-Kong film series. It features an ensemble cast, starring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Jason Mitchell, Corey Hawkins, Toby Kebbell, John Ortiz, John C. Reilly, Tom Wilkinson, Thomas Mann, Terry Notary, John Goodman and Samuel L. Jackson. Principal photography began on October 19, 2015 in Hawaii. Kong: Skull Island is scheduled to be released on March 10, 2017.
Universal Pictures/Legendary Pictures’ co-production prequel of King Kong was to be released on November 4, 2016. Legendary offered Joe Cornish to direct the film. The studio announced that Tom Hiddleston will star as the lead and it will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. Max Borenstein wrote first draft while John Gatins was tapped to write the second draft. On December 12, the studio re-titled the film from Skull Island to Kong: Skull Island. On December 15, 2014, it was announced that J. K. Simmons had been cast in the film. In mid-January 2015, during an interview with MTV, Simmons revealed that the film would be set in Detroit in 1971, and that they would shoot it in Detroit during baseball season. On July 1, 2015, Michael Keaton and Simmons exited the film due to their scheduling conflicts. Legendary did not want to delay more in start of production so the studio began the search of two actors to replace. On July 23, 2015, Brie Larson was cast in the film to play the female lead, while it was reported that the studio was eyeing to sign Russell Crowe to play one of the roles which recent actors exited. On August 5, 2015, it was announced that Corey Hawkins was cast in the film to play a supporting role. Max Borenstein and Dan Gilroy also wrote the script along with Gatins. On August 6, 2015, Deadline.com reported that the studio was in early talks with Samuel L. Jackson to replace him for the role which Simmons vacated, while John C.