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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).
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.
Samuel L. Jackson repeats his line, "Hold onto your butts," from Jurassic Park (1993), which is also about an island inhabited by giant creatures.
The poster for the IMAX release is an homage to the iconic poster for Apocalypse Now (1979).
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.
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.
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.
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.
The second installment of the MonsterVerse, following Godzilla (2014).
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 outfit worn by John Goodman, replicates the outfit worn by Robert Armstrong as Carl Denham in King Kong (1933).
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.
In September 2015, Legendary moved Kong: Skull Island from Universal to Warner Bros.
King Kong (1976) was also filmed in Hawaii.
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).
Kong, in this film, is based on the appearance of his 1933 counterpart.
At one point in the film, Kong fights a giant Octopus. This could be a reference to King Kong vs, Godzilla (1962), where the same fight happens.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
Kong: Skull Island (2017) reunites actors Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell, who portrayed Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, respectively, in Straight Outta Compton (2015).
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.
Peter Jackson recommended Guillermo del Toro direct the film during development.
During the scene where the team is about to take off to the island from the boat, Colonel Packard (Samuel L. Jackson) says the line, "hold on to your butts." This is an obvious reference to Jurassic Park (1993) where his character in that film says the same thing
The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) has proposed Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts as Vietnam Tourism Ambassador for a 3-year term.
Chinese actress Tian Jing as San had a total of 11 lines in the whole movie.
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").
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 as Nova Corps Officer Rhomann Dey, Shea Wigham as Roger Dooley in Agent Carter,Toby Kebbel in Fantastic Four, and Brie Larson, who 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.
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.
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).
The film's cast includes one Oscar winner: Brie Larson, and two Oscar nominees: Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly.
Hank Marlow mentions that a species of giant ants that sound like birds lives on Skull Island. This may be a reference to Them! (1954), a film about a species of 8 foot long ants that sound like chirping birds being discovered in the New Mexico desert.
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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 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.
John C. Reilly played Steve Brule in Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! (2007), in which his character's famous catch-phrase is "For your health". In this film, on the back of his jacket, it says "Good For Your Health." A possible reference.
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.
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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.
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In the intro credits there is a sketch of a turtle with the words 'MUTO - 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).
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Richard Jenkins (Senator Willis) played John C. Reilly's dad in Step Brothers (2008)
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Filming of the movie took place in the northern portion of Vietnam including the famous Halong Bay.
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Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell appeared together in Straight Outta Compton (2015)
This will be the 45th Feature Film of Production Company 'Legendary Pictures'.
John. C. Reilly's character, Hank Marlow, wears a denim jacket that has the phrase "good for your health" sewn into it. In the show Check it Out with Dr. Steve Brule, Reilly plays the titular character who's catchphrase is "For your health"
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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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It is the 2nd feature film directorial by Jordan Vogt-Roberts
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Derek Connolly did some last minute work on the script.
Tom Wilkinson was in talks to play the role that went to Richard Jenkins.
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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 characer is named Thomas Cubb
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John C. Reilly's character wears a jacket which has "Good for your health" embroidered on the back. This is likely a reference to Reilly's character "Dr. Steven Bruell" as seen on Tim and Eric. Dr. Steven Bruell has appeared in various Tim and Eric productions and often ends his appearances by slurring "For your health!"
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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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John C. Riley and is character, Hank Marlow, are both from Chicago.
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First collaboration between Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson.
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!" Ironically, Jackson later ended up fighting monkey type creatures in both The Legend of Tarzan (2016) and Kong: Skull Island (2017).
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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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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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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

There is an after credits scene which sets up the monster universe by notifying that kong isn't the only king, or monster out there. This leads to pictures of Godzilla, Mothra and other Godzilla villians. Followed by Godzilla's roar that can be heard when the scene ends.
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".
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.
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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.
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Samuel L. Jackson says "hold on to your butts" when the team is getting ready to depart in the helicopters. He also said the same line in Jurassic Park when trying to reboot the system.
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