King Kong to film Skull Island in Australia starring Tom Hiddleston
After new Thor and Alien movies, King Kong is headed to Australia.
The Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros Pictures movie Kong: Skull Island, starring Tom Hiddleston and Samuel L. Jackson, will shoot partly in Queensland early next year, with pre-production starting this month.
The agency’s chief executive officer Tracey Vieira said the movie would also shoot in two other international territories.
It is the third Hollywood movie to be announced to shoot in Australia in the past week, with Thor: Ragnarok, starring Chris Hemsworth and directed by New Zealand’s Taika Waititi to shoot in Queensland and Ridley Scott’s next Alien installment expected to shoot in Sydney.
“Securing Kong, together with our growing international film production pipeline including Thor: Ragnarok, [Australian director Kimble Rendall’s spider horror movie] The Nest 3D and [Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra’s shark thriller] The Shallows highlights that our filmmaking capabilities, spectacular and diverse locations, internationally-renowned crew and world-class facilities act as major draw cards,” Vieira said.
Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, best known for the 2013 coming-of-age drama The Kings Of Summer and Funny Or Die Presents, Kong: Skull Island promises to “fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island.”
According to Deadline Hollywood, it is the King Kong origin story that Legendary recently moved from Universal to Warner Bros to launch a new franchise that will see the giant ape share the stage with Godzilla in a future installment.
Palaszczuk said the movie would spend more than $15 million in the state – the minimum required to secure the 16.5 per cent tax offset for international productions – and create 60 local jobs.
The cast also includes Brie Larson and John Goodman, with movie scheduled to open in 3D and IMAX 3D in March 2017.
As well as Kong, Hiddleston is also down to return as Loki in Thor: Ragnarok.
Other filming on the movie is taking place in Hawaii, including Kualoa Ranch and Dillingham Ranch in Oahu.
King Kong has appeared regularly on screen since Fay Wray captivated “the eighth wonder of the world” in 1933.
Jessica Lange and Jeff Bridges starred in a 1976 remake and Peter Jackson’s 2005 version starred Naomi Watts, Jack Black and Adrien Brody.
In 1962, Japan’s Toho Studios made King Kong vs Godzilla, a forerunner to the Hollywood movie featuring the two giant creatures that is expected to reach cinemas in 2020.