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King Kong Skull Island Movie Announced During Comic-Con

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FILE - In this 1933 file photo released by RKO Radio Pictures, King Kong stands atop New York's Empire State Building as he holds an airplane during an attack by fighter planes in a scene from "King Kong." The prequel "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," opening in U.S. theaters Friday, features chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans crafted through performance-capture. It is the same technology used for the giant gorilla in Peter Jackson's 2005 "King Kong," with the same actor who did Kong, Andy Se | ASSOCIATED PRESS

During the Legendary Pictures panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, the production company announced plans to bring King Kong back to the multiplex.

In a press release following the panel, Legendary elaborated on the feature, which does not yet have a director attached:

Previous works have touched on the island, but staying and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions. The film will be released on November 4, 2016.

The company screened a short teaser for the Skull Island movie during the panel:

But most journalists in attendance took the announcement as a sign of one thing: an eventual movie featuring a battle between King Kong and Godzilla. (Legendary is also the production company in charge of Godzilla's big-screen fortunes.)

Legendary's "Godzilla" sequel will arrive in theaters after director Gareth Edwards finishes work on his "Star Wars" spinoff.

King Kong, meanwhile, last appeared onscreen in 2005's "King Kong," which was directed by Peter Jackson.

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