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King Kong in print and on film

In addition to the phenomenal success of King Kong on on the big screen over the past eighty plus years the movie monster has also been a popular subject of books. Numerous volumes have been devoted to the giant ape including: The World of King Kong: A Natural History of Skull Island by Weta Workshop; Inside King Kong: A Journal by Will Shepherd; The Making of King Kong: The Official Guide to the Motion Picture by Jenny Wake, and many more. The original film was also novelized as part of an advanced marketing campaign in 1932. With such a strong fan base, it shouldn't come as no surprise that the film franchise is about to get a major reboot.

The release date for the upcoming King Kong movie titled Skull Island was announced at Comic-Con. Legendary Productions is planning to debut the film November 4, 2016. The news came at the end of the studio’s Hall H Comic-Con panel when they surprised the crowd by showing a compelling teaser trailer which was very well received.

One of the most interesting elements of the trailer was the focus on the island where King Kong originated. Legendary Productions said in a statement: "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."

There are indications that Legendary plans to create a monster cinematic universe around this project, similar to Marvel’s Avengers films. The studio hinted at this idea in a press release in which they used the word “universe” more than once. If the filmmakers jump on the cinematic universe bandwagon, it will mean that the iconic ape could share the screen with other popular movie monsters throughout an entire series of films.

The fact that Kong, introduced to audiences in the memorable 1933 Faye Wray picture, has continued to be reincarnated in many films over the years, including Peter Jackson’s flick in 2005, is a testament to the character’s timelessness.

Footage of other exciting Legendary projects shown at the event included Guillermo Del Toro’s dark and dangerous romance called Crimson Peak and Michael Mann’s cyber thriller Blackhat, starring Chris Hemsworth.

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