Kong: Skull Island - The Official Movie Novelization is a book based on Kong: Skull Island that was written by Tim Lebbon and published by Titan Books. It was released on March 14, 2017.
In March 2017, the producers of Godzilla transport audiences to the birthplace of one of the most powerful monster myths of all in KONG: SKULL ISLAND, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures.
When a scientific expedition to an uncharted island awakens titanic forces of nature, a mission of discovery becomes an explosive war between monster and man. Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly star in a thrilling and original new adventure that reveals the untold story of how Kong became King.
Differences from the film
- Various information and additional backstory is given to Marlow's character, including the fact that his son was named Hank Junior after him.
- Creatures never seen in the film include a giant snake that attacks Conrad after the helicopter attack, a carnivorous plant containing animals carcasses, and Conrad notices tracks belonging to an unseen Spirit Tiger.
- Some characters' backgrounds are revealed:
- William Randa had been interested in science and myth since childhood. He was bullied for his outlandish theories. As a soldier in North Africa and Italy during World War II, he spent his downtime researching the history and local legends of the places his unit visited. Once he was sent to the Pacific theater, his hobby became an obsession.
- Mason Weaver had a "demanding but loving" father whose misguided treatment of her left Mason with insecurity issues as she felt like a failure in his eyes. This mentality factors into how Mason uses her camera as a barrier between herself and the world.
- James Conrad left the British SAS eight years ago after a failed mission to rescue a kidnapped 7-year-old girl named Jenny when she and two of his men were killed by a sniper, as though the mission was destined to fail. He lost faith in his country, government, and himself. Then Conrad became a mercenary who would only accept freelance missions where he felt the odds were in his favor.
- More examples of Kong's intelligence such as him using dirt to put out the fires made by the helicopter battle, and Packard seeing him trigger a rockslide to bury a Skullcrawler.
- Kong’s wounds from Packard’s napalm trap are more severe as some patches of his fur are completely burnt off, exposing flesh underneath.
- The giant Skullcrawler in the climax is called the "Skull Devil".
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