During San Diego Comic Con, Legendary Pictures announced plans to release a King Kong film called Skull Island in 2016. You’ll have to wait a little longer to see the teaser, but according to MTV News, before showing a glimpse of the giant ape, the voiceover says, “Being alone in the wilderness, it had gone mad. It looked at you with a vengeful aspect.”
The impressive beast may be what lures fans into theaters, but it seems the film will focus more on the fictional island we first saw in Merian C. Cooper’s 1933 original 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,” said the studio in a statement.
Peter Jackson’s 2005 remake featured a good bit of the island. But it will still be interesting to see what mysteries the new movie uncovers. Thus far, neither a director nor a writer have been announced for the flick.
This could be the start of a universe of cinematic monsters that includes Godzilla, since Legendary also owns the rights to that property. Assuming Skull Island performs well—and the newly announced Godzilla 2 shows no sign of decline in interest from audiences since the 2014 reboot—a showdown between King Kong and Godzilla could very well be in the cards!
Skull Island will premiere Nov. 4, 2016.