It was San Diego Comic Con 2014 and Legendary said they had one more movie to show, many people though it would be a teaser for Jurassic World but instead it was for a new King Kong prequel titled Skull Island. Many were disappointed including myself as I wanted any type of Jurassic Park news which was going to release in a year while this movie was scheduled for 2 years later in 2016. So out of the gate the new movie started with a bad word of mouth as people expected many things including a Pacific Rim sequel.
Since Legendary had the rights to Godzilla many had speculated if perhaps a new Godzilla VS King Kong would be possible and Legendary listened to the bad press and what they wanted. Eventually the movie was postponed and re-scheduled for 2017 and it no longer had Universal involved with Warner Bros replacing them to make the Godzilla crossover happen and reboot King Kong with the Skull Island movie instead of it being a prequel. I may have mixed opinions about Godzilla fighting King Kong again but it’ll be something awesome to see, nevertheless if the original plan had gone through we could’ve gotten something quite awesome.
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I’ve been in the mood and writing about King Kong and was surprised to see a King Kong listing on Netflix a while back for a new show since I hadn’t heard anything about it but I was definitely curious and added it to my list so Netflix would remind me when it finally came out. And so it did to little noise and mostly went by unnoticed. But with a second season launching soon how is the show and is it worth the time? Netflix has done some amazing shows but also some pretty terrible ones, at least in the kids department so what does Kong: King of the Apes get to be?
I first tried to watch it but I quickly saw that I wasn’t the target audience and only made it about 20 minutes into the pilot which is an hour and 20 minutes or the length of old kids movies. Normally these pilot “movies” just take the other episodes and stitch them together lowering the “episode” count of the season like in Voltron but here we see that it’s still a 13 episode season with no episodes cut because of the length of the pilot. It took me until the hype of the new movie to finally check out the show again. I’ll be using the concept artwork for the article since they’re so beautiful yet sadly they don’t really represent the show.
Continue reading Looking back on.. Kong King of the Apes
Universal Studios’ Islands of Adventures got a new King Kong ride in 2016, we won’t be talking about because there’s something far more interesting that came to existence because of it and it wasn’t the ride. In order to promote the new ride they made a viral website and web series called Myth Explorer which is a spoof on all those UFO / Cryptozoology shows and it was promoted on channels like Syfy and NBC.
Like the King Kong Skull Island Mockumentary that I talked about earlier they make it as if Skull Island is a real thing. Sadly the website MythExplorer.com is no longer live and because it was flash heavy archive.org doesn’t really help us out either but on the website you had an about page, a blog and of course the episodes. I personally have always loved viral websites and it’s always sad when they are re-tooled or just taken offline.
Continue reading Myth Explorer: The Quest for King Kong Blair witch style-documentary
King Kong seems to be making a nice comeback and while I have a few reservations on the current take, it’s still nice to see Kong be King once again. To celebrate his return to glory we’ll be taking a small detour to Skull Island for a couple of days. Let’s start off with a mockumentary that was made for Peter Jackson’s King Kong.
Peter Jackson really loves the original King Kong movie and it was a huge inspiration for him. Regardless of what you think of his film, you can’t deny that he has a pasion for the character. One of the bonus features on the DVD when it came out was a “documentary” of Skull Island, it began with a documentary of 1930’s New York and the Great Depression and later you had a documentary on Skull Island. It’s really well done and gives us a look at what an awesome island Skull Island is and expands on it, it’s worth a look:
Continue reading Skull Island: A Natural History Documentary King Kong + Son of Kong hoax