Both Oscar nominated and Golden Globe winning actors, (Simmons won an Oscar for "Whiplash"), were signed for the Legendary Studio’s film that will bring audiences back to the the birthplace and domain of King Kong. According to each actor’s representatives their leaving was solely based on scheduling since the time demands of “Skull Island” were greater than either actor had anticipated and it would greatly impact other projects already in the works for them.
The script written by John Gatins (Flight) and Max Borenstein (Godzilla) is said to be quite immersive and will require a firm commitment from all involved ... those in front of and behind the cameras.
Still attached to the project is Tom Hiddleston (Avengers, Thor) and director Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Nick Offerman: American Ham), with replacements for the Keaton and Simmons roles already underway.
“Kong: Skull Island” will continue pushing for its original 3D theatrical and IMAX release date of March 10, 2017.