Michael Keaton And J.K. Simmons Depart ‘King Kong’ Origin Movie | Film News
The teaser for Kong: Scull Island was first unveiled to a lucky audience at last year’s Comic Con. The film intends to explore the undiscovered Island that was Kong’s home, along with a whole lot of other prehistoric creatures and tribes of bloodthirsty locals. The movie was set to star Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers), Micheal Keaton (Birdman) and J.K. Simmons (Whiplash) until Deadline revealed exclusively today that both Keating and Simmons have left the project due to “scheduling conflicts“.
The film will be directed by new director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings Of Summer), working from a script by John Gatins (Real Steel) and Max Borenstein (Godzilla). An action packed adventure based on the fabled island sounds like a wild ride, Tom Hiddleston is always stellar and we can only hope that another two accomplished actors can be found to fill what we presume will be the other two important roles.
There are no clips or character information available yet so all we can do is speculate about the plot details and what will be created from this exciting concept. Whatever is planned will have to move forward without Keating’s squinty, coolness and Simmons’s gruff focus. Kong: Skull Island is due to be released by Legendary Pictures in March 2017. Perhaps another teaser will be unveiled at the up-coming Comic Con and we will receive more clues about everyone’s favorite monster gorilla.