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Legendary and Warner Bros unveiled a King Kong for the 21st century with their presentation of Kong: Skull Island.
“Kong is film history, Kong is where genre went mainstream,” said director Jordan Vogt-Roberts Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con. “We tried to tell a new mythology. We’ve seen the beauty and the beast tale.”
The new movie is set in the 1970s, a deliberate choice.
“It was the last time were myth could still exist,” Vogt-Roberts said before the advent of higher technology such as cell phones and satellite mapping took away most of the planet’s mysteries.
The story follows the discovery of an island in the South Pacific protected by a storm system. Scientists and soldiers are sent in. Mayhem and monsters ensue.
The footage brought comparisons to Apocalypse Now, the 1970s Vietnam war drama that featured chopper attacks, and Aliens, the 1980s Alien sequel by James Cameron that featured soldiers fighting creatures.
Brie Larson, who plays a war photographer in the movie, was on hand, making jokes about the contrast between this movie and the one she had done right before, her Oscar-winning drama Room.
“I had better insoles in my shoes. I had sunscreen,” she said. “I just found a better Airbnb.”
Tom Hiddleston stole many a heart during the presentation, fielding many cries of “I love you!” from the Hall H crowd.
John Goodman closed out the panel on a funny note when the assembled cast, which also included Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell, was asked by a member of the audience what they liked to Netlfix and “just chill” to.
“I like to watch Roseanne and say the lines before they appear on screen,” said the actor who starred on the show for nine seasons. “Sometimes I come up with better lines.”
Kong: Skull Island hits theaters March 10, 2017.
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