Earlier this year, Kong: Skull Island hit theaters, and while it didn’t exactly set the box office on fire, it did well enough to at least outperform Peter Jackson’s 2005 outing, in addition to continuing the mythology of the MonsterVerse that began with Godzilla back in 2014.
With this in mind, can we expect Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts to return back to the director’s chair for another outing with the oversized ape? Not likely. Speaking with Screen Junkies, the director stated:
“I think I'm done with giant monsters for a little bit...I'm really proud of how weird this movie is and I'm really proud of how much people embraced that stuff and actually called out like how strange the movie is. And I wanted it to have a voice and I'm so proud of what we did and how I think it is, like, a nontraditional blockbuster in 2017. And I'm so proud of what Legendary and Warner Bros and those guys allowed me to do and the collaboration that we had. But I definitely don't think I've got Kong vs. Godzilla in me. Never say never, but I'm so proud of the Kong we made and the vibe of him and the energy of him and the vibe of the creatures on that island and everything, but it would be tough for me right now.”
While it’s easy to assume that a blockbuster director would just continue on churning out those popcorn flicks, it has to be remembered how much time and energy one puts out for these films. Not only do they usually have to put two years of their lives on hold, but we can’t also can’t forget the indie origins of someone like Vogt-Roberts. As much as they love films like Kong, there’s a good chance they’re more at home with more character-based stories like The Kings of Summer.
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With that in mind, it’s no surprise that, on the heels of something like Kong: Skull Island, that Vogt-Roberts is likely hungry for something smaller. Filmmakers like Christopher Nolan have, in the past, alternated between big budget properties and original films in an attempt to keep their creative minds full, so once Kong’s director does that himself, don’t be surprise if he’s ready to hop back on board for another outing.
However, we also have to consider if the studio will want him to return. Sure, the movie may have performed well enough critically, and it may have even made some money, when all said and done, but with under $600 million made worldwide, it’s definitely a slow start for what Legendary and Warner Bros are undoubtedly hoping will be a billion-dollar franchise. Would they go back to Vogt-Roberts after this middling performance? Not likely.
What do you think of Vogt-Roberts’ statements? Do you want to see him come back for another film? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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SOURCE: Screen Junkies