'Kong: Skull Island' Director Explains Why The Movie Is Set During The Vietnam War

Posted 2016/12/29 4813 0

Kong: Skull Island actually isn't the first King Kong movie set in the 1970s. But unlike the King Kong of 1976, the new version is set in the middle of the Vietnam War and has obvious Vietnam parallels on Skull Island.

There have been seven King Kong movies released in the United States and Japan since 1933, but the time period most notably associated with giant ape's stories is the early 1930s, as seen in the original movie and the 2005 remake. The upcoming Kong: Skull Island will be one of the outliers, as this reboot will take place during the 1970s as the Vietnam War still rages. As it turns out, that wasn't the original time period that the movie was set in, but director Jordan Vogt-Roberts later changed it to increase the weirdness factor. Here is his explanation!

The script I first read took place in 1917. But when I started talking to the Legendary [Entertainment] guys, I was thinking, ‘What weird King Kong movie would I want to see?’ So I pitched them the Vietnam War connection, literally thinking they were gonna laugh me out of the room. And to Legendary’s credit, they said, ‘Cool. Let’s figure it out.’ The aesthetics of that time mixed with King Kong makes for an incredible genre mash-up.” 

This theme really puts a lot of the characters in better perspective with Corey Hawkins and John C. Reilly’s military experience seeming to be more important to the theme of what we can expect from the film.

"Kong: Skull Island" iterates how a group of soldiers went out to an untouched island in the Pacific Ocean, who are uninformed of the monstrosities lingering within. It stars Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman, Tobey Kebbell, John C. Reilly, Jing Tian, Jason Mitchell, Shea Whigham and Corey Hawkins. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Kong: Skull Island is scripted by John Gatins and Max Borenstein. Legendary’s John Jashni and Thomas Tull are producing alongside Mary Parent. Legendary has promised that the story will honor the foundations of existing King Kong lore, but will place Skull Island in an entirely new, distinct timeline. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on March 10, 2017. Watch the movie's trailer below: