A prequel to the Kong legend, set in the 1800s, with a group of pirates winding up on Skull Island and encountering a highly developed but dying civilization there. They have been using the unique local plant life as a kind of DNA-enhancing drug to breed huge gorillas to act as guardians to protect them from the ferocious dinosaurs that also inhabit the island. But the guardians – known as the Kong – have since turned on their creators in revolt. The pirates wander right into the middle of a war raging between the two factions. Ultimately both sides are wiped out in a huge volcanic eruption, leaving only one infant ape alive – who would of course grow up to be the King Kong we know from the original story.