In light of yesterday’s news about a Skull Island movie in the works, I wanted to share a bit about this great book, The World of Kong: A Natural History of Skull Island.
It is, essentially, an “art of” book for the 2005 King Kong film, using concept art for various animals as depictions of seen and mostly unseen Skull Island residents. The island is given a very detailed geography, history, and so on. It’s a remarkable read and one of my favorite things about the 2005 film.
I doubt it’s the case, but I’m hopeful that the new movie can draw on this already established “universe” of fauna.
I have this book! It’s basically a must-have if you’re at all interested in Skull Island.
It’s also just great if you want a biology book about a bunch of madeup monsters. I mean, that might seem like an overly specific thing for a person to want, but there’s an audience for those kind of things.
This is one of the few things I can say I own an autographed copy of. :) I ordered a used one and they accidentally sent one with the entire Weta team’s signatures in it that some unfortunate schmuck lacked the appreciation for and decided to give it up.
This, After Man, and The New Dinosaurs are great “fictional biology” books for made up species, all very fun reads. 👍