It’s no secret that Kong: Skull Island, which hit US Theaters nationwide last Friday, takes place in the same universe as 2014’s Godzilla. It’s also no secret that the two film franchises are building towards an epic battle royale that will pit Giant Ape against Fire-Breathing Reptile (with appearances expected from Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah). And, at this point, it can hardly be considered secret that Kong: Skull Island features an after-credits “stinger” which plants the seeds for this eventual merger.
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Yesterday, we brought you news of Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ ideas for an alternate opening scene, one that featured a battalion of soldiers killing a “baby Kong”. To recap:
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’.”
Vogt-Roberts also told Empire about his original plans for that post-credits scene, one that would have been much more exciting that what we actually saw (which was little more than a slide show *yawn*).
Vogt-Roberts: “We shot that in principal photography. It was not shot after the fact. We had a bunch of different variations for that. There was one version of that scene where [Tom Hiddleston’s character] Conrad and [Brie Larson’s character] Weaver were on a boat in the Arctic ocean with [Corey Hawkins’ character] Brooks. Conrad and Vernon say “what are we waiting for?”, and Brooks is like “hold on, hold on…” – and then Godzilla surfaces and breaks through the ice. But then we realised that doesn’t really jive with Godzilla, because in Godzilla, they say he hasn’t really surfaced since the atomic bomb tests. So it became this much more stripped down scene. The response to it has shocked me a little bit. It seems to be very evocative.”
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Kong: Skull Island is continuing its impressive Box Office reign with expectations that the film’s gross will soon surpass $100M worldwide. Check out the trailer, synopsis, and poster below.
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.