In an exclusive by Empire, it was revealed that one of the first images subscribers of the magazine will be greeted with is an exclusive piece of concept art from Kong: Skull Island. The artwork, as shown above, features Kong storming through a massive amount of fire towards soldiers. This is very reminiscent of the tactics used by soldiers in Vietnam, a time in history that is very much influencing director Jordan Vogt-Robert in his creative image of the film:
“The script I first read took place in 1917”, says director Jordan Vogt-Robert. “But when I started talking to the Legendary [Entertainment] guys, I was thinking, ‘What weird King Kong movie would I want to see?’ So I pitched them the Vietnam War connection, literally thinking they were gonna laugh me out of the room. And to Legendary’s credit, they said, ‘Cool. Let’s figure it out.’ The aesthetics of that time mixed with King Kong makes for an incredible genre mash-up.”
The upcoming issue of Empire Magazine drops on December 29 and will be featuring other films images in their 2017 movie preview. There will also be more details revealed for the upcoming Kong: Skull Island film, including exclusive interviews with several of the actors.
Tom Hiddleston will be starring in the film, joined by Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, Jing Tian, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, John Ortiz, Shea Whigham and Toby Kebbell. Kong: Skull Island will be released in theaters on March 10, 2017.