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Sets were built at Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii, near the same filming locations as Jurassic World (2015).
Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons were originally attached to the film, but both had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. John C. Reilly took over Keaton's role while Samuel L. Jackson replaced Simmons.
The poster for the IMAX release is a homage to the iconic poster for Apocalypse Now (1979).
Samuel L. Jackson repeats his line, "Hold onto your butts," from Jurassic Park (1993), which is also about an island inhabited by giant creatures.
John C. Reilly's character Marlow and Tom Hiddleston's character Conrad are likely references to Joseph Conrad and the lead character Marlow from Conrad's novella Heart of Darkness. The novella, as well as the film it inspired, Apocalypse Now, are thematic and visual inspirations for Kong: Skull Island.
Actor Samuel L. Jackson stated on a talk show that throughout filming, he and his co-stars had no concrete idea of just how big Kong was supposed to be, since whenever they asked they kept getting conflicting answers.
Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts admitted that he was strongly influenced by video games from his childhood. That is why the movie contains many point-of-view shots of guns being fired (like in a first-person shooting game), and the shot of a helicopter making 360 degrees spins towards the ground was inspired by a similar scene from a Resident Evil game.
The outfit worn by John Goodman, replicates the outfit worn by Robert Armstrong as Carl Denham in King Kong (1933).
At the premiere in Vietnam the 16 foot tall display model statue of King Kong was engulfed in flames which was caused by the models of smaller volcanoes surrounding the statue. The fire was extinguished in fifteen minutes and no one was hurt.
The film takes place in 1973. (In the film's beginning, President Nixon announced the end of the Vietnam War - that announcement was issued in January 1973.
The Mother Longlegs spiders could be a homage to the giant spider with crab claws that was cut from the original 1933 King Kong movie. Also the Skull Crawlers could be a homage to the two legged lizard that climbs up the side of the mountain in the original movie.
In September 2015, Legendary moved Kong: Skull Island from Universal to Warner Bros.
King Kong (1976) was also filmed in Hawaii.
Kong, in this film, is based on the appearance of his 1933 counterpart.
Marlow's allusion to (unseen) "really big ants" that "sound like birds" is undoubtedly a reference to "THEM!" (1954) another 1950's scifi flick which, in addition to "The Beginning of the End" (1957)--a few clips of which are shown in the exposition-- features insects "enlarged" by US atomic tests. The latter film features grasshoppers--filmed walking across a photograph of a building in an attempt to depict a plague of gigantic insects invading Chicago.
This will be the the first out of two movies in 2017 that actor and stuntman Terry Notary will be motion-capturing an ape. His second film will be War for the Planet of the Apes (2017), where he plays the ape "Rocket". He previously motion-captured "Rocket" in Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014).
To prepare for filming, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts screened the Korean monster movie The Host (2006), the Korean western Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom (2008) and the documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991) for the cast.
The magnificent scenes of mountains, rivers, grass field were mostly being shot in Vietnam (Ninh Binh, Quang Binh,...). Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and other actors, actresses said that those places in Vietnam are the most beautiful places that they've ever been to.
The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) has proposed Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts as Vietnam Tourism Ambassador for a 3-year term.
No reporter would be embedded with MACV-SOG. The military never even admitted MACV-SOG existed until the 1980's.
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Kong: Skull Island (2017) reunites actors Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell, who portrayed Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, respectively, in Straight Outta Compton (2015).
According to director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the first draft of the screenplay had the action take place in 1917, and was an entirely different film. Although he liked the script, he didn't think it was something he wanted to make. When asked what kind of monster movie he had in mind, he suggested to have it take place in the Vietnam war era, as a sort of 'Apocalypse Now (1979) with monsters', since there had never been a monster movie set in that time. He also saw interesting parallels between the political turmoil and racial riots from the 1970s and the 2010s. Contrary to his expectation, the studio loved the idea, and the script was reworked from there.
Toby Kebbell did motion capture work as an ape (Koba) in Dawn of the Planet of The Apes with Andy Serkis who did motion capture work as Caeser. Andy Serkis had played King Kong in the Peter Jackson remake of King Kong.
Peter Jackson recommended Guillermo del Toro direct the film during development.
The reason Kong is bigger than usual is because director Jordan Vogt-Roberts said he wanted Kong to feel like a god in front of his audience.
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Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is a fan of video games, anime and manga and littered the movie with references to them. For example the jacket worn by John C. Reilly's character ("Good for your health, bad for your education") is an obvious spin on the one worn by Kaneda in Katsuhiro Otomo's manga "Akira" ("Good for health, bad for education").
In the intro credits there is a sketch of a turtle with the words 'M.U.T.O. - Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism' written beside it. This could be a reference to the Gamera movies which involve a giant turtle attacking Japan, or the two giant turtles from Toho movies, the skeleton remains of one in Godzilla vs Mothra (1964) and Kamoebas from Space Amoeba (1970).
This film features five actors and one actress who have appeared, or will appear, as characters in films based on Marvel comics: Samuel L. Jackson played S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury, Tom Hiddleston played Loki, John C. Reilly played Nova Corps Officer Rhomann Dey, Shea Wigham played Roger Dooley in Agent Carter, Toby Kebbel appeared in Fantastic Four, and Brie Larson will play the title character in Captain Marvel (2019). All, except Fantastic Four, are part of the "Marvel Cinematic Universe".
Joe Cornish was offered the chance to direct, but declined.
Russell Crowe was considered for a role.
Chinese actress Tian Jing as San had a total of 11 lines in the whole movie.
The film's cast includes one Oscar winner: Brie Larson, and three Oscar nominees: Richard Jenkins, Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly.
The production was on location January 2016 at the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. On January 15, 2016, filming was on location at Mt. Tamborine, in the Gold Coast Hinterland. Local newspaper The Gold Coast Bulletin ran headline front page stories about the film's production on January 12, and January 14, 2016.
This King Kong film will be released 12 years after Peter Jackson's King Kong (2005), 84 years after the original black and white version from 1933 and 55 & 50 years after the Toho Kong movies: King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962) and King Kong Escapes (1967).
In April 2016, Artist Joe DeVito sued producers of the film for using elements of his Skull Island universe which he claimed that he created and the producers used without his permission.
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Filming of the movie took place in the northern portion of Vietnam including the famous Halong Bay.
This is the fifth King Kong film, in which characters such as Ann Darrow, Carl Denham, and Jack Driscoll do not appear. It is also the second film that is different from the 1933 version in terms of the plot. The others being the sequel to the original, "Son of Kong", the two Toho films, and the 1976 version.
When John C Reilly's character Hank Marlow is first introduced the back of his jacket says 'good for your health' it is a homage to the character Dr. Steve Brûlée he plays on his tv show Check it Out.
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Hayao Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke helped influence the design and approach of the monster's, Director Vogt-Roberts stated: "Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke was actually a big reference in the way that the spirit creatures sort of have their own domains and fit within that,so a big thing was trying to design creature's that felt realistic and could exist in an ecosystem that feels sort of wild and out there and then also design thing's that simultaneously felt beautiful at the same time" however biophysical analysis of Kong and other creatures concludes that although biophysically they are viable,the ecosystem of the island could not support them.
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This is the second movie with John Goodman to feature the song "Run Through the Jungle" by Creedence Clearwater Revival, the first one being The Big Lebowski (1998).
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Richard Jenkins (Senator Willis) played John C. Reilly's dad in Step Brothers (2008).
John C. Reilly says "good night Irene". Bugsy uses the same line in "The Perfect Storm" in which Reilly also stars as Murph.
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This will be the 45th Feature Film of Production Company 'Legendary Pictures'.
In the credits, near the end is a line that says: Characters of "Godzilla", "King Ghidorah", "Mothra", and "Rodan" created and owned by Toho Co., Ltd. This ties in with the Monsterverse and could be a clue to Kaiju appearing in future films including King Kong Vs. Godzilla.
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The two-armed pit lizard from the 1933 King Kong was used as a reference for the Skullcrawlers,they were also inspired by a number of other cinematic creatures; Director Vogt-Roberts stated, "That creature beyond being a reference to a creature from the 1933 version is also this crazy fusion of all the influences throughout my life like the first angel from Evangelion, and No-face from Spirited Away and Cubone from Pokemon.
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Eugene Cordero (Reles) previously appeared in director Jordan Vogt-Roberts directorial debut, "The Kings of Summer" (2013). This marks the second time that both men collaborated together.
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Derek Connolly did some last minute work on the script.
It is the second feature film directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts.
John C. Riley and his character, Hank Marlow, are both from Chicago.
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There are subtle references to the movie "Jeremiah Johnson." At one point the characters must decide if they should walk through a sacred graveyard with many skeletons, or go around and thus take a longer route. The other reference is when John C. Reilly's character asks about the outcome of the war: "Who won?" A line that Robert Redford used in his movie as well.
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Tom Wilkinson was in talks to play the role that went to Richard Jenkins.
Thomas Mann, who plays Slivko, talks about the Chicago Cubs and who would win in a fight, a tiger or a cub. In the movie Project X (2012) Thomas Mann's character is named Thomas Cubb.
Bill Randa (John Goodman) doesn't believe in aliens. He had previously played the alien robot Hound in the "Transformers" films. His co-star Peter Cullen (Optimus Prime) had previously voiced Kong in King Kong (1976).
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While it seems most of the boat is made from the forward fuselage/cockpit and components of a B-29 Superfortress, the forward twin machine gun emplacement is actually not from that kind of aircraft. Instead, it is a modified ventral "belly" or "ball" turret of a B-17 Flying Fortress or B-24 Liberator bomber, made by Sperry. All 3 aircraft were used in the Pacific theatre (although by 1943 all B-17 units were converted to B-24s). Ball turrets were not well-liked because the gunner (a small man) was crammed entirely into the turret, sitting in a fetal position between the 2 .50 Machineguns, aiming between his legs. Entry or exit into the ball turret could only happen when the turret and fuselage hatches were properly aligned; if turret damage prevented this for any reason the gunner was trapped and had better hope that the landing gear was OK because there wasn't room for a normal parachute. Instead of this system the B-29 had an advanced system of 2 upper and 2 lower quad (4-gun) turrets that were aimed remotely (the gunner wasn't actually in the turret).
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Was given a limited 70mm release in North America.
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On the FX cable TV version of the Samuel L. Jackson film of Snakes on a Plane (2006), the often quoted line is changed to "I have had it with these monkey-fighting snakes on this Monday-to-Friday plane!" Jackson later ended up fighting monkey type creatures in both The Legend of Tarzan (2016) and Kong: Skull Island (2017).
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First collaboration between Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson.
Director Vogt-Roberts stated that he wanted Kong to look simple and iconic enough that a third grader could easily draw him and the image would still be recognizable, Vogt-Roberts also wanted Kong to feel like a "lonely God, he was a morose figure lumbering around this island" and took the design back to the 1933 incarnation where Kong was presented as a "Bipedal creature that walks in an upright position" Vogt-Roberts additionally stated "if anything our Kong is meant to be a throwback to the '33 version, some of those cartoonish and iconic qualities and then make them their own, we created something that to some degree served as a throwback to the inspiration for what started all of this but then also it had to be a fully unique and different creature that I would like to think is fully contained and identifiable as the 2017 version of King Kong, I think there are very modern elements to him yet hopefully he feels very timeless at the same time.
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Various references to the original King Kong (1933) are subtly planted through the film. Brie Larson's character comforting Kong is a perpetual theme throughout Kong films. Kong is seen fighting off helicopters, an obvious reference to the original Kong fighting planes in New York. And in the climax Kong is briefly held back by chains, much like previous Kongs while on display.
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Both John Ortiz (Victor Nieves) and Shea Whigham (Cole) previously appeared together in Silver Linings Playbook as Ronnie and Jake, respectively, as well as roles in both Fast & Furious and Fast & Furious 6.
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Samuel L Jackson makes multiple references to 'Force 5' during the opening helicopter attack sequence. One of the failed tv pilots in "Pulp Fiction' is called "Fox Force 5'
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Nick Robinson, Moisés Arias, and Erin Moriarty make brief background cameos during the bar scene. The three actors previously starred in Vogt-Roberts' 2013 film "The Kings of Summer."
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The names Conrad and Marlow are a reference to the novel "Heart of darkness" , written by Joseph Conrad featuring a main character named Marlow. The novel was also the inspiration for the movie Apocalypse now.
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The director has said an inspiration and reference used for the design of the Skullcrawlers came from the Pokémon Cubone.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

There is an after credits scene which sets up the MonsterVerse by establishing that Kong isn't the only king, or monster, out there. This leads to pictures of Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah, followed by Godzilla's roar that can be heard when the scene ends.
Kong's design is inspired by a combination of King Kong (1933) and the Japanese adaptation in the 1960s. This allows the creative team to both utilize a look similar to the classic Kong, while drawing upon the exaggerated "kaiju" aspects, and powers, displayed by the Japanese adaptation, such as greatly exaggerated height, build, strength, and supernatural abilities. This will allow a more "even" confrontation with Godzilla, in the upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong (2020).
Kong: Skull Island features the tallest incarnation of Kong in an American film, standing approximately 104 feet (31.6 meters) tall, while Peter Jackson's Kong was only 25 feet (7.6 meters) tall by comparison. The tallest incarnation of Kong overall is the one featured in King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962), which stood approximately 147 feet (45 meters) tall. However it is stated in the film that Kong isn't yet fully grown so this could mean he may be taller in future releases.
The second installment of the MonsterVerse, following Godzilla (2014).
The scene where Kong fights a giant octopus is a homage to the Toho film King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962), in which Kong's first fight is against a giant octopus. Kong eats the octopus afterwards could be in reference to the fact that the VFX directors for that film, Eiji Tsuburaya, ate one of the four live octopuses used for the scene for dinner.
The copyrights of the Kong franchise are complicated: the novelization of the original 1933 film are now in the public domain. One small difference between the movie and the novelization is the name of Captain Englehorn's ship. In the film, it is the Venture, in the novel it is the Wanderer. This is probably why the hulk discovered on Skull Island is the Wanderer.
Just as Godzilla featured characters that worked for Project Monarch and the term M.U.T.O., so too does Kong: Skull Island, tying both together perhaps for inclusion in the Godzilla versus King Kong movie.
Many ideas were suggested for the post-credit scene in order to tie the film to Godzilla (2014) and the future movies in the MonsterVerse. One idea was to have the characters see Godzilla surface in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. However, director Jordan Vogt-Roberts vetoed the idea because this would violate the notion from the 2014 movie that Godzilla was hardly ever seen before that time. It would also have required an inordinate amount of the budget that he preferred to spend on the rest of the movie. So he pitched the idea of the conference room with the projector, as it appears in the end of the movie.
Hank's boat is named "The Gray Fox" - director Jordan Vogt-Roberts is slated to direct the upcoming Metal Gear Solid film which contains a character named "Gray Fox".
Hank addresses Kong's size as him actually not being fully grown yet, while the film takes place in 1973 and "Godzilla" (2014) in 1999, we may actually see Kong has grown ten times larger then what we saw in this film for when he battles Godzilla.
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Godzilla, Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah appear in an after-credits scene as cave paintings.
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John Goodman's character says he is the sole survivor of a ship accident involving a monster. This is likely a reference to Godzilla who we learn is connected to this film during the after-credits scene.
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The song that plays at the end (John C. Reilly sings it and then the soundtrack continues it through the credits ) is exactly the same song that plays at the end of Dr Strangelove: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (which plays while nuclear armageddon lays waste to the planet and continues through the credits)
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