Now that Legendary Pictures has allegedly struck out with their main targets for Kong: Skull Island, including the departures of Michael Keaton and JK Simmons, Deadline is reporting that they’re in early talks with Samuel L. Jackson to bring his fire to the role that Simmons vacated.
Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston and Straight Outta Compton‘s Corey Hawkins are starring in the King Kong prequel as it stands.
As for Keaton’s exit, Legendary hopes to woo John C. Reilly, though no offer has yet been made. Tom Wilkinson has also just been offered a lead role in the picture, add the site.
While plot details are still vague, the story will be set in the mysterious, dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the island. The reintroduction to King Kong is set for discovery on March 10, 2017.
Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce with Mary Parent. Alex Garcia and Eric McLeod will executive produce. The script was penned by by Max Borenstein, John Gatins and Dan Gilroy.