Kong: Skull Island was King of the weekend Box Office, banishing Logan to second fiddle. The film seems to be a success with both critics and fans, no doubt for its nonstop monster mayhem, excellent pacing, and compelling characters. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has a lot to be proud of, but he recently sat down for a podcast with the folks at Empire.com where he revealed the film could have turned out much different.
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For example, the director wanted to open the film with a platoon of soldiers killing a younger, mini-Kong before revealing the juvenile is just one of a clan.
Vogt-Roberts: “The alternate opening that I pitched to them, the studio said: ‘No. You’re crazy. You can’t do that’. So it’s World War II. A full squad comes to this beach. They’re killing each other – and then suddenly, this giant monkey (that looks a lot like the monkey from the last King Kong movie) comes out of the jungle. And they just kill it. It’s dead. And you’re sitting there going, ‘wait, did they just kill King Kong? Did they kill the hero of this film?’ And then you’d hear a roar and see a much bigger creature – the real King Kong. That was the crazy version of me wanting to send a message that this isn’t like other King Kong movies that you’ve seen. The studio were like: ‘you can’t do that’.”
For other interesting details regarding what might have been, you can read the article in its entirety, HERE.
Official Synopsis: Official Synopsis: A team of explorers and soldiers travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific, unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters, including the mythic Kong. This film fully immerses audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as the team of ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island. The film stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, and Brie Larson.