Trivia: The 'natives' at Kong's feet, in the theater production scene, use the same costumes and the same music as the Skull Island natives in the 1933 original.
Trivia: Peter Jackson's cameo in this film is in one of the biplanes attacking Kong, when he stands atop the Empire State Building. This is an homage to the director/producer cameos in the 1933 film. His co-pilot is makeup-artist Rick Baker, who portrayed Kong in the 1976 version of King Kong.
Trivia: When Carl and Preston are in the car, after stealing the reels of film, they discuss leading lady replacement possibilities. They note that "Fay" is a size 4, but Preston then says that she is already filming something for RKO. The RKO feature they refer to is the original King Kong, starring Fay Wray.
Trivia: In the scene where Jack Driscoll is being shown his sleeping quarters among the cages on the Ventura, as he makes his way through the doorway with the Asian character, in the background there is a cage labelled "Sumatran Rat Monkey". This is a nod back to Peter Jackson's earlier Zombie film, 'Braindead' - the Sumatran Rat Monkey is brought to New Zealand, and with it comes the original source of the Zombie virus that affects the main characters within the film.
Trivia: The locust like insects that attack Jack Driscoll and are machine gunned off in the spider pit scene are called Wetas - which is the name of the special effects company owned by director Peter Jackson - Weta Digital. Also to be noted is that the weta is an insect native to New Zealand, where director Peter Jackson lives and where Kong was filmed - which is where the effects team got its name.
Trivia: During the first moments when Kong is outside in Manhattan, when he picks up the first girl and throws her, you can see a Universal Studios billboard on the wall behind him. (02:32:05)
Trivia: For her role as the Witch Doctor, Vicky Haughton had to spend nearly six hours in the make-up chair every day. In spite of this, she appears for only two minutes in the entire film.