If there’s one thing you have to commend Marvel for doing, is keeping their end of all things film such good fun no matter how much people pine for something R-rated or family-friendly. At best, they’ve maintained quite the balance on all ends with thrilling action and storytelling with a cohesive narrative that keeps things nonetheless grounded in the whirlwind of fantasy we’re immersed in.
Scientists, soldiers and adventurers unite to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean. Cut off from everything they know, they venture into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature. As their mission of discovery soon becomes one of survival, they must fight to escape from a primal world where humanity does not belong.
November 3, 2017 is the day the Marvel Cinematic Universe finally meets “the end of all things” for the forthcoming production of Thor: Ragnarok. The MCU has been consistently stirring excitement among fans who have been following the movies and Netflix shows with Marvel’s own Kevin Feige stepping in and out to lend his fruitful opinions about what lies ahead on both ends.
For now though, we still have a couple of trilogies to finish with Captain America: Civil War looming for next year in May along with Thor: Ragnarok with Chris Hemsworth returning to star, no less. As slow as things have been to develop though, we finally have a director in talks with Green Lantern (2011) co-star and What We Do In The Shadows helmer, director Taika Waititi in the chair, ultimately beating out Reuben Fleischer.
Jaimie Alexander, fresh off to a successful start as a kickass lead in the NBC series, Blindspot, is reprising her role as Lady Sif along with Tom Hiddleston as the franchise villain favorite, Loki, according to The Wrap.
Details ahead. All hands on deck!
It was back in July that plans were announced for the forthcoming production of Skull Island, an origin telling based on the iconic gorilla monster who has legacy has endured since the 1930’s. The project is being developed by Universal Pictures in association with Legendary Entertainment, the studio currently making a monster of a killing with Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla and its sequel, in addition to Jurassic World next year.
This week, Legendary is now updating their developments with news of a casting addition in the form of actor Tom Hiddleston who will be joined by director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, the helmer previously said to be working on the new Metal Gear Solid film with producer Avi Arad. Time will tell if that film still comes through since the earlier report back in June. In the meantime, read the official word from Legendary on Skull Island:
Legendary announced its plans to make a feature film based on the cinematic origins of King Kong during this year’s San Diego Comic Con with an original draft of the script by Max Borenstein. Previous works have touched on the island, but staying on 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. Universal Pictures will distribute the film on November 4, 2016.
Vogt-Roberts directed and executive produced the Sundance darling THE KINGS OF SUMMER. He has also directed the pilot and multiple episodes of FX’s new series “You’re the Worst” and is set to direct METAL GEAR SOLID for Sony. His other credits include directing the pilot of “Cocked” for Amazon Studios and directing and executive producing the concert documentary NICK OFFERMAN: AMERICAN HAM. He is represented by UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and attorneys Alan Wertheimer and Andy Gawker.
Hiddleston’s credits include MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE, and WAR HORSE. He is also known for portraying Thor’s nemesis and brother, Loki, in Marvel’s THOR, THOR: THE DARK WORLD, and THE AVENGERS. Upcoming projects include Legendary’s gothic horror CRIMSON PEAK from director Guillermo del Toro, Ben Wheatley’s adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s HIGH-RISE and Marc Abraham’s Hank Williams biopic I SAW THE LIGHT. He is repped by William Morris Endeavor, Hamilton Hodell and Authentic Management.
Legendary’s recent releases include GODZILLA, 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE and the Guillermo del Toro directed PACIFIC RIM as well as the Jackie Robinson biopic 42 and MAN OF STEEL with Warner Bros. In addition to WARCRAFT, highlights from Legendary’s upcoming slate include BLACKHAT and CRIMSON PEAK
UPDATE (7:44am EST): It appears Millenium Studios deleted their original post.
Since then, developments have been slow to materialize until this week with a new report forwarded by Screenrant which entails a dinner attended by producers and actor Tom Hiddleston, who sent the producers a make up test he did in London. According to the article, he is scheduled for a “proper” make up test in the near future.