Michael Keaton is riding on a wave of strong awards-season buzz for his turn in Alejandro Gonzales Inarittu’s Birdman; where he pulls off an amazing performance portraying a washed-up actor who is perpetually tormented by his alter ego/nemesis. It’s great to see Keaton having somewhat of an acting renaissance, finally gaining recognition for his acting prowess with appearances in Robocop and Need for Speed in 2014, and upcoming roles in Illumination Entertainment’s animated Minions and a starring role in Thomas McCarthy’s Catholic Church child-abuse drama Spotlight. Now it appears that Keaton might be heading off to Skull Island to join Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, Thor, Only Lovers Left Alive), and J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Whiplash), in Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island.
According to Variety, Keaton has now closed a deal and will be making a planned trip off to a mysterious island just off the coast of Sumatra. Kong: Skull Island will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer), and writing duties will be taken care of by John Gatins (Flight) and Max Borenstein (Godzilla). The studio aims to make audiences feel fully immersed in the mysterious island, which is also home to the king of the apes (…hold on, wasn’t this already covered in Peter Jackson’s three-hour movie back in 2005?) and a team of explorers find themselves entrapped within the beast’s treacherous and primordial territory.
Apparently the studio wants to honor the foundations of existing King Kong lore (um, this is starting to sound like a reboot), but it will take place in an entirely new, distinct timeline (or is it a re-imagining?). Regardless of whether it’s a reboot or a re-imagining there is a hefty amount of talent involved in all aspects of the movie. With Thomas Tull (Godzilla, The Dark Knight, Pacific Rim) and Jon Jashni (Godzilla, Warcraft) producing and Alex Garcia (Godzilla) executive producing.
While we are on the subject of talent, the director has managed to lock down a meaty cast so far, especially considering these three thespians are hot property right now with Hiddleston coming off the back of Marvel’s The Avengers and Thor, and J.K. Simmon’s amazing performance in Whiplash, which is currently in select theaters, and Keaton’s fantastic performance in Birdman. I don’t want to tempt fate here, but will the marketing department be pushing the whole “Starring Oscar winner…” malarkey? Time will tell…
What do you guys think about Kong: Skull Island? Is the talent alone enough conjure up an iota of excitement in your nerdy heart?
Universal Pictures‘ Kong: Skull Island hits theater screens in 3D and IMAX 3D on March 10th, 2017.
Via – Variety