‘Skull Island’ Getting a Rewrite from Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter
We're definitely excited for 'Skull Island,' the upcoming King Kong prequel film from Legendary, the studio behind this year's 'Godzilla.' The film already had a script in place and is being directed by 'Kings of Summer' helmer Jordan Vogt-Roberts, but now it's getting a hand from screenwriter John Gatins, who was nominated for an Academy Award for the 2012 film 'Flight.'
Deadline reports that Gatins has been tasked to rewrite the script for 'Skull Island,' the King Kong origin film that will set the action on, well, Skull Island, the place where the iconic movie monster lived before he was captured and brought to our civilized land. The fictional Skull Island as seen in previous works is home to many species, including some prehistoric and others thought to be extinct.
In addition to 'Flight,' Gatins has also penned screenplays for 'Real Steel' and 'Need for Speed.' The first draft of the 'Skull Island' screenplay was written by 'Godzilla' scribe Max Borenstein. So far, only Tom Hiddleston has been announced to star in the film, which is set to hit theaters on November 4, 2016, the same date as Marvel's 'Doctor Strange.' There's been no indication as to whether Legendary may rethink shifting the release date.