Jordan Vogt-Roberts broke into the blockbuster game with Kong: Skull Island, but he has already had his fill of the MonsterVerse. After making a name for himself with The Kings of Summer, Vogt-Roberts was tapped to take on the newest big-screen version of Kong, one set in the 1970s and tasked with setting up the eighth wonder of the world as part of Legendary’s newly formed MonsterVerse.
The MonsterVerse began with Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla in 2014, and while Kong: Skull Island exists in the same world, it is a very different film. Vogt-Roberts infused the film with bright colors, lots of Kong, and an A-list cast, which has so far propelled it to over $500 million worldwide. However, even with financial success and critical (currently sitting at 73 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), he isn’t interested in another go around.
Screen Junkies News spoke with Vogt-Roberts about his first blockbuster and asked him if he is interested in directing another film in this MonsterVerse. Vogt-Roberts said:
“I think I’m done with giant monsters for a little bit. Look, I’m really proud of this world, and I’m super proud of, I think in general, and this is out there too, the response being “Why do we need a new Kong movie?” and that was my response. I’m really proud of how weird this movie is and how much people embraced that stuff and actually called out how strange the movie is, and I wanted it to have a voice. I’m so proud of what we did and how I think it is very non-traditional blockbuster in 2017 and I’m so proud of what Legendary and Warner Bros. and those guys allowed me to do and the collaboration we had, but I definitely don’t think I got Kong vs Godzilla in me. You never say never, 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 the island and everything, but yeah it would be tough for me right now.”
This clearly isn’t one of those cases where a director and studio clashed with regard to the creative vision, although he admits he had to fight to keep key sequences in the film along with its unusual tone. Vogt-Roberts likes how his film came together and the reception that it received, so it could be easy for him to sign up for Kong vs. Godzilla or another future film in the MonsterVerse.
Regardless of what Vogt-Roberts decides to do next, Legendary will still be on the hunt for someone to tackle Kong vs. Godzilla. The studio currently has Michael Dougherty tapped to direct Godzilla: King of the Monsters, but the crossover currently lacks a director. With the film still years away at this point, Legendary is hardly in a rush to fill that spot, but given more time, perhaps Vogt-Roberts will change his mind.
Source: Screen Junkies News