Legendary Wants Joe Cornish to Direct KING KONG Reboot SKULL ISLAND


Following the announcement by Legendary Pictures that they’ll release King Kong reboot in theaters on November 4, 2016 the studio has offered the directing job for their next reclamation project, Skull Island to Joe Cornish, the man responsible for British movie Attack the Block.

What’s more, Deadline has learned that Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein will provide the screenplay.

This past weekend, Legendary surprised audiences at San Diego Comic-Con by revealing an ominous teaser (photo below) for the King Kong revival that was created just for the event. /Film saw the teaser at the panel. Here’s their description:

The clip started showing a rain storm pouring down over big waves in the ocean. Audio narration included lines from the Heart of Darkness: “Going up that river was like traveling back to the beginning of the world, when the plants ran wild and the trees were kings.” Shots of an island, lush jungle, monkeys and creatures … “Being alone in the wilderness, it had looked within itself, and by heavens! I tell you, it had gone mad. We penetrated deeper and deeper into the heart of darkness.” We see a cave on the island shaped like a skull. Reveal of the logo Legendary’s “Skull Island”

Cornish recently signed on to direct Universal’s Section 6, the Aaron Berg-scripted James Bond-esque action-spy film, so no word yet on whether he’ll accept this gig.

Warning – sarcasm ahead: Does this mean, King Kong will only show up in the last ten minutes when Godzilla scribe is involved?

Here’s plot summary:

A feature film based on the famed Skull Island, the cinematic origins of another classic beast, King Kong. Previous works have touched on the island, but staying and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions.


The last time we saw King Kong was in the 2005 movie of the same name, which was directed by Peter Jackson, from a script written by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson. The cast includes: Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Thomas Kretschmann, and Colin Hanks. With a budget between $207 to $243 million, King Kong pulled in $550.5 million at the worldwide box office.