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Jurassic World writer signs on for Kong: Skull Island

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Really sticking to this whole, “It’s an island, but with monsters on it” niche that he’s somehow found himself in, Jurassic World writer Derek Connolly has signed on to pen the script for Kong: Skull Island, Universal and Legendary Pictures’ long-planned movie about skulls and the islands who love them. (Presumably, Kongs will also be involved, although we don’t want to tell Connolly how to do his job.)

The film, which is set to star Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, and whichever of their co-stars they can keep on board for the duration of filming, is being pitched as an origin story for King Kong, the celebrity building climber and professional ape. Funny Or Die Presents alumnus Jordan Vogt-Roberts is set to direct, presumably capturing the lighter side of ravenous dinosaurs, kidnapping-prone primates, and pits full of nightmare-inducing giant leeches.


Before writing Jurassic World, and thus getting his name attached to a giant, golden faucet of movie studio money, Connolly worked with that film’s director, Colin Trevorrow, on the low-key indie flick Safety Not Guaranteed, which is proving to be an island-free anomaly in his screenwriting career. He’s also reported to have worked on one of Trevorrow’s upcoming projects, the Steven Spielberg-backed Intelligent Life, and a somewhat mysterious animated project called Monster Trucks, which we’re going to go out on a limb and say probably has something to do with trucks who are monsters, and who maybe live on an archipelago or something.