When Legendary came to the end of their panel in Hall H today Thomas Tull said they had one last surprise for us. Everybody expected Jurassic World, and at the beginning of the footage it looked like that was the case. A voice over delivers lengthy talk about a journey, and the camera goes in from stormy sea towards an island. Monkeys swing in the trees, primordial looking fish jump in the surf. Lightning cracks overhead.
The camera comes to a huge wall, lit with torches. It goes up a mountain, which from a certain angle looks to be a skull. Then a jungle forest rustles and something huge comes into frame... and the recognizable classic King Kong stands up, beats his chest and then it smash cuts to Skull Island.
Legendary has announced the film will be released on November 4, 2016. As for the story? The studio put out a news release that includes this line:
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.
The release mentions Skull Island is the 'cinematic origin' of King Kong, but it's unclear if that means they're doing a prequel, or if this is the long-rumored adaptation of Kong of Skull Island.
And the other big question: does this mean Legendary could be working towards a Godzilla and King Kong crossover?