Kong: Skull Island Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts On The Scenes That Didn’t Make It

Credit: Legendary

The latest incarnation of King Kong, the iconic giant ape, appeared on our screens earlier this year in Kong: Skull Island starring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson and John Goodman. 

While it debuted strongly in it’s opening week, the film wasn’t the monster box office success that we’d all hoped for. It has performed strongly overall with a good international return, and clearly recouped it’s budget in foreign markets. 

Nonetheless, it was still an amazing, wonderfully shot piece of cinema with great performances by the cast and the CGI team.

Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has tweeted about some sequences that never even made it to celluloid.

In his tweet earlier in the week, he stated “Since it was ‘Nam and the 70’s I really wanted to do an LSD dream sequence. Things were going to get trippy. Never was able to shoot it tho.”

One can’t help but wonder if the absolutely mesmerizing scene known as Gas Mask Samurai would have been the moment to bring that in –  strange green gas, giant monsters that defied description.

For those unfamiliar with the sequence, here is Hiddleston in full swing

Credit: Legendary

Vogt-Roberts also shared some of the story board artwork for the film, namely the Lake of Fire shot, where Kong rises out of the inferno created by the team led by Jackson. He added that he was “kind of obsessed with gas masks”.

There was also the design of a creature on the island that never made it in to the story. Vogt-Roberts said there was a whole scene written for the creepy creature in early drafts of the movie.

Looking at whatever that is we’re just quietly glad it didn’t come to life!

For those that stayed till after the credits had finished rolling, you will know that Hiddleston’s character James Conrad and Larson’s Mason Weaver were being held in an interrogation room by Monarch  – the company behind the expedition to find Kong.  They have also found other large creatures; one of them being Godzilla.  If you didn’t stay, well now you know.

The next film in this series, Godzilla: King of Monsters  is directed by Mike Dougherty. Filming wrapped this week and Legendary sent out this tweet.

Godzilla: King of Monsters stars Millie Bobbie Brown and Charles Dance. It is due for release in March 2019.  This will be the film that precedes the third installment in this monster-verse, 2020’s Godzilla vs. Kong  being directed by Adam Wingard and currently in pre-production.

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