Universal Pushes King Kong Film to 2017, Dates Great Wall Movie for 2016

Tom HIddleston - H 2014
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Tom HIddleston - H 2014

Legendary and Universal's film stars Tom Hiddleston, while the Great Wall film will make the English-language debut of director Zhang Yimou

King Kong is moving to 2017.

Universal is pushing Legendary's film, originally titled Skull Island, from a release date of Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, to Friday, March 10, 2017. Now titled Kong: Skull Island, the film will be released in 3D and Imax 3D.

Tom Hiddleston is starring in the film, which will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts. Written by John Gatins and Max Borenstein, Kong: Skull Island is an origin tale, exploring the king of the apes' home as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island.

Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce and Alex Garcia will executive produce.

The release-date switch takes the action movie out of competition with Marvel's Doctor Strange and Fox's Trolls, which are both slated for Nov. 4. The only other film scheduled for the new March 2017 date is Fox's untitled Bollywood Musical.

Universal also dated Legendary's upcoming untitled Great Wall project for Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, with the Chinese market opening in early December 2016.

Zhang Yimou will make his English-language directorial debut with the film, which follows an elite force making a last stand for humanity on the world's most iconic structure. The project, planned as the largest film ever shot entirely in China, will begin production in spring 2015. 

The Thanksgiving weekend is occupied by only one other wide release at this time: Disney's Moana, about a Polynesian princess.