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Sunday 1 March 2015

King Kong to hit screens again

King Kong battles a prehistoric pteradactyl while holding actress Fay Wray captive in a scene from the 1933 film
King Kong battles a prehistoric pteradactyl while holding actress Fay Wray captive in a scene from the 1933 film

King Kong is headed for the big screen again in new movie Skull Island.

The giant gorilla, last seen in Peter Jackson's 2005 adventure, will feature in the film, which was announced at San Diego's Comic-Con.

"We have been tinkering around with one thing," Legendary CEO Thomas Tull said as he introduced a short teaser preview for the movie.

The short clip raced over a restless ocean, then through the foliage and rocks on a deserted island, before the giant gorilla was finally revealed from the shadows.

"Being alone in the wilderness, it had gone mad," a voiceover intoned. "It looked at you with a vengeful aspect."

Skull Island, which will explore King Kong's mythical island, is scheduled to be released in November 2016, although no director or cast have been announced.

It came after Thomas unveiled details about Legendary's other big-screen outings including Warcraft, Guillermo Del Toro's Crimson Peak and an as-yet-untitled Godzilla sequel.

There have been seven King Kong films in the past. Adrien Brody and Naomi Watts starred in the 2005 film King Kong, while Jeff Bridges and Jessica Lange were in John Guillermin's 1976 version.

Fay Wray and Bruce Cabot were the stars of the original 1933 film, which was directed by Merian C Cooper - the creator of the character - and Ernest B Schoedsack.

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