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Published On: Fri, Jul 3rd, 2015

‘Kong Skull Island’ loses Michael Keaton, JK Simmons, set for 2017

In surprising news, both Michael Keaton and JK Simmons have exited Legendary Pictures’ Kong: Skull Island. Scheduling conflicts are believed to be the principal reason behind both actors’ departures.

The project, which has Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer, Single Dads) directing from a script written by John Gatins and Max Borenstein, pushed back its production start by a few weeks from the fall to before the end of the year.

Tom Hiddleston remains on board, but little else is known and a major change in schedule could bump the Thor star, who is set to in Thor: Ragnarok.

That said, expect Legendary to cast to replace both actors quickly and get principal photography going by the tail end of 2015. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni produce with Alex Garcia and Mary Parent, and Eric McLeod is exec producing.

Universal Pictures will release Kong: Skull Island in 3D and IMAX 3D on March 10, 2017.

Unofficial story details for Kong: Skull Island: audiences will be immersed into the mysterious and dangerous home of the iconic ape as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island.

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