King Kong has been an icon in cinema since the first movie came out in 1933. Since then several directors have taken a crack at this massive character. The director of Kong: Skull Island, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, has taken King Kong to even greater heights.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Vogt-Roberts confirmed:
“In terms of actual size, our Kong is by far the biggest Kong. Peter Jackson’s Kong was around 25 feet. The ‘33 Kong ranged between 25 feet and 50 feet, I want to say he was 50-plus feet when he was on the Empire State Building. He varied in size dramatically! The ’70s Kong was somewhere between them.”
Vogt-Roberts’ logic in creating a bigger Kong is more than merely thinking that bigger is better. Making Kong larger than life means something different today than it did back in the 30s. Back then the Empire State Building was the tallest skyscraper in the world, now we have buildings that almost double that size.
One of the questions Skull Island used to help create a sense of wonder around this giant gorilla came down to: “How big does this creature need to be, so that when you stand on the ground and you look up at it, the only thing that can go through your mind is: ‘That’s a god.’”
If the below image from EW is any indication, Vogt-Roberts' take on King Kong is bound to be an exciting one. Kong: Skull Island is expected to be released in March 2017.