Legendary’s Skull Island Gets a Rewrite from Academy Award Nominee John Gatins

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Deadline brings word today that Legendary Pictures and Universal’s upcoming King Kong prequel Skull Island is set to get a re-write from screenwriter John Gatins, who was nominated for an Academy Award for the 2012 film Flight and also penned the adaptations of Real Steel and Need for Speed. The initial draft of the film was penned by Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein.

Set to be directed by The Kings of Summer‘s Jordan Vogt-Roberts, Skull Island will star Loki himself Tom Hiddleston, though what role he plays in the film has yet to be confirmed.

Appearing to be a sort of Kong “origin story,” Skull Island looks like it will explore the life of the classic movie monster before he was taken to civilization. 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.

Skull Island is set for release on November 4, 2016 where it is scheduled to go up against Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange film.