“I have come into the possession of a map. The sole surviving record of an uncharted island. A place that was thought to exist only in myth . . . until now.”
Carl Denham, King Kong (2005)
I have always been fascinated by the various versions of Skull Island. Skull Island has been known to be the home of King Kong, but that is not why this island intrigues me so much. The entire island is an evolutionary anomaly, inhabited by prehistoric giants and monsters that have undergone millions of years of evolutionary mutations. Evolution has a track record for producing real monsters and it evolution has stepped on the accelerator on Skull Island, creating a menagerie of nightmarish abominations. As a result, Skull Island has become widely known as the most hellish place on Earth. I like the 2005 and 2017 versions of Skull Island the best because they depict the unpredictable forms evolution can take under extreme circumstances. It goes to show that Skull Island was uncharted for good reason.
After much thought, I have decided to give my kaiju novella, Karmathaur, a reboot as a full novel. While the novella was designed to be a short term adrenaline boost, this new novel will be more complex with a deeper story and more developed characters. Since kaiju such as Godzilla and King Kong have been rebooted more than once for a new audience, I thought it would be fitting if I did the same with Karmathaur. Also, I will be introducing several new kaiju in this reboot novel. Some will fight Karmathaur while others will become his allies. I look forward to engaging with this project when my schedule opens up. Overall, the novella was a good introduction to Karmathaur, but I believe this new novel will reinvigorate the character. The novella will be my equivalent to the original 1954 Godzilla film while the novel will be the beginning of my equivalent to the Showa and Heisei Godzilla eras.
I saw the new trailer for Godzilla VS Kong and I have some suspicions regarding Godzilla. It was revealed that Godzilla was going on a violent rampage and eventually battles Kong. However, if you look closely, you can find clues that hint that this is not Godzilla at all but an imposter. I think Godzilla is being framed and set up. Due to this, I think the Godzilla we saw in the trailer was actually Mechagodzilla in disguise. The synopsis for Godzilla VS Kong speaks of a human conspiracy to exterminate the Kaiju. The possibility of Mechagodzilla disguising itself to look like Godzilla is similar to its 1974 debut in Godzilla VS Mechagodzilla. I bet it’s the same concept where Mechagodzilla looks like Godzilla unless you peel off its disguise. Also, I wonder if this new Mechagodzilla is a cyborg like the Kiryu version, which could mean that the new Mechagodzilla’s creators might lose control of it. I also hope that this new Mechagodzilla looks like the version from Ready Player One. Ready Player One takes place in the year 2045 and includes characters from pop culture from the mid-20th century to the mid-21st century. With this in mind, this could be when the Ready Player One Mechagodzilla makes its actual debut in the year 2021. I look forward to finding out if my theories are right.
For decades, King Kong has been one of America’s most iconic monsters. Easily my favorite version of King Kong was the 2005 version by Peter Jackson. Not only were the special effects far more amazing, but it had a more realistic feel to it compared to the original 1933 version. The creatures on Skull Island were also nightmarish and underwent nonstop 65 million years of evolution due to being isolated from the rest of the world. Even though I have grown accustomed to seeing Jack Black in a funny role, I rather enjoyed him taking a serious role in this film. The part I enjoyed most was the fact that King Kong was a far more sympathetic character. Kong was the last of his kind and was desperate for companionship. He was a lonely king ruling over a dying kingdom. If you are looking for a monster epic, then this is the film for you.