A stylish new poster for the upcoming Kong: Skull Island was released last week, homaging the war classic Apocalypse Now. Now an even more impressive poster for the Japanese release has been revealed. It was tweeted by director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, and is in the style of classic Japanese monster movies–check it out below:
In a recent interview with GamesRadar, Vogt-Roberts revealed that he had a simple rule for the monstrous inhabitants of Skull Island. “The first mandate for me was ‘No dinosaurs,'” he said. “Jurassic World owns that as far as I’m concerned, and Peter Jackson’s version did such a great job with that V-Rex fight.”
The director went on to explain that his inspiration for the creatures was in fact Japanese animation. “[Hayao] Miyazaki, Princess Mononoke, and in a weird way Pokemon were odd reference points,” he said. “Because I wanted these things to have a spirituality to them and an essence to them, and I wanted all of them to simultaneously be gorgeous and terrifying.”
Kong: Skull Island is released on March 10, 2017. It stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L Jackson, John C Reilly, Corey Hawkins, and John Goodman.
In 2015, it was announced that the film would form part of an ongoing monster movie series. Following the success of 2014’s Godzilla, producers Legendary teamed up with Warner to create a “shared cinematic franchise” that will also include Godzilla: King of Monsters in 2019 and Godzilla Vs Kong in 2020.