Kong: Skull Island Loses Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons


by: S. Scott Stanikmas

The trip hasn’t even started and there are already casualties to the crew in search of the legendary King Kong.

J.K. Simmons and Michael Keaton have officially dropped out of Kong: Skull Island. This is a major blow to the film. These two offered up a little bit of prestige, especially after Oscar noms for both this past year (and for Simmons, a win).

Deadline is reporting that it’s nothing to do with any behind-the-scenes shenanigans. The most likely reason is scheduling. The film was supposed to start shooting this fall, but production has been delayed by several weeks. Unfortunately this means Simmons and Keaton had to drop something from their schedules and Kong was on the chopping block.

Legendary and Universal are already saying that the search is on for replacements. They need to look quick. Even though the film isn’t set to hit theaters until March 10, 2017, a date like that will sneak up on you quickly.

John Gatins and Max Borenstein are still providing the script and Jordan vogt-Roberts is still attached to direct.

Let’s hope we don’t hear news about contract negotiations and King Kong dropping out next!

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