11:05 | 24/02/2016 Entertainment
The movie Kong: Skull Island begins filming in Vietnam on February 22.
The crew of Kong: Skull Island pose for photo calls during their press conference in Ha Noi last weekend — VNS Photo Minh Thu
The film will be shot in Quang Ninh, Quang Binh and Ninh Binh provinces over a five week period.
With cooperation from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the epic action adventure will be the largest motion picture ever filmed in Vietnam.
Coming to cinemas worldwide in 2017, Kong: Skull Island tells the story of the origin of the iconic king of the apes in a compelling, original adventure from Vogt-Roberts.
In the film, a perse team of explorers is brought together to venture deep into an uncharted island in the Pacific – as beautiful as it is treacherous – unaware that they are closing in on the domain of the mythic King Kong.
To fully immerse audiences in the mysterious Skull Island, director Vogt-Roberts, his cast and film crew, are filming across three continents over six months, capturing primordial landscapes in Hawaii, where filming began last October, on Australia's Gold Coast, and in Vietnam, where filming will take place at multiple locations, some of which have never been seen on film before.
Kong: Skull Island stars Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World), Samuel Jackson (The Hateful Eight, Avengers: Age of Ultron), John Goodman (Transformers: Age of Extinction) and Brie Larson (Room). The film is being produced by Warner Bros Pictures and Legendary Pictures.
US Ambassador Ted Osius said the film will highlight Vietnam as a superb tourism destination and deepen ties between the two countries' entertainment industries.
Actor Hiddleston said he had a chance to visit Vietnam when he was 19 years-old. However, that holiday took place at the same time he was cast in his first role.
Cooperating with foreign film producers opens both opportunities and concerns. Especially as the filming will take place at heritage sites throughout Vietnam, such as Ha Long Bay, Van Long Natural Reserve, Trang An Complex, and the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park.
Addressing a Vietnam News reporter's questions about the possible impact on the environment, Ho An Phong, Director of Quang Binh Provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, said the film crew has made a commitment to protect the local environment and nature when they sought government permission to shoot the film.
The film project provides an opportunity to promote an image of Quang Binh and Vietnam in general to the world. At the same time, it also offers benefits to local people, according to Phong.
Further, the film crew will have a budget of 1 billion VND (45,000 USD) to build a concrete road in Yen Tho village, Tan Hoa commune, as the region is mountainous and hard to access./.