Kong: Skull Island is something of a blockbuster – starring Tom Hiddleston, John C Reily, Brie Larson, John Goodman and Samuel L. Jackson alongside the the large, 100ft high ape. It’s set in 1973, and it’s not a prequel; nor a sequel, in fact, it has no resemblance to Peter Jackson’s 2005 King Kong. It’s rather an introduction to King Kong once more, and is formed as a part of the same cinematic universe that Godzilla (2014) is in.
A blockbuster usually involves various dangerous effects, and pyrotechnics, and even the premiere didn’t disappoint; in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, the five-metre high model of King Kong burst into flames after a model volcano had a malfunction, which caused the figure of the titular ape to ignite. Luckily, no one was harmed in the incident, and the Vietnamese audience was more than happy to view the film after firefighters doused the flame.
Kong: Skull Island is released now in theatres across the United Kingdom and the United States, and is currently at the top of the box office – knocking Logan into second place – with its $54 million debut.
Video footage shot shows the flames spreading from near the statue’s hand towards its head, as the crowds disperse to take shelter while also stopping to take photos.
o Chi Minh City on Thursday night, visitors were enjoying a performance by fire-twirling dancers before the screening when the fire started.