Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has released a sketch of a creepy-looking monster that he hoped to include in his blockbuster film earlier this year. Nearly 84 years after the debut of Merian C. Cooper's classic monster movie King Kong, Vogt-Roberts breathed new life into the gargantuan gorilla in March with Kong: Skull Island, which examined the life of the beast in his home setting.
Twelve years removed from director Peter Jackson's 2005 remake of the classic King Kong tale, Kong: Skull Island gave fans a much different take on the beast than previous Kong films, as it focused exclusively on Skull Island and the pre-historic creatures that inhabited it, including, of course, King Kong. Part of Warner Bros.' new MonsterVerse, which was kicked off in 2014 with Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island was a smash hit worldwide with $566 million in ticket sales ($168 million domestically, $398.6 million overseas), and made its debut on home video in July.
More than six months after the film's release, Vogt-Roberts is still celebrating Kong: Skull Island's success with posts on social media, sharing with fans tidbits about ideas that didn't make it into the production. On Monday, the director revealed a "trippy" dream sequence that didn't make it into the Vietnam-era film, and Tuesday, he released a sketch of an idea for a creature he wanted in the film.
In a post on his Twitter account, Vogt-Roberts displayed the unused creature design, saying, "There was a whole sequence written for this creepy guy from an early draft." See the post below:
Here's an unused creature design for Kong. There was a whole sequence written for this creepy guy from an early draft. pic.twitter.com/FeysCaNLbL
— Jordan Vogt-Roberts (@VogtRoberts) September 26, 2017
Judging by the sketch, the creature looks to be something of a scorpion/mantis hybrid, but the creepy crawler's long legs facing upwards gives it its distinct feel. It would be interesting to hear someday just why the planned creature didn't make it into Kong: Skull Island, but given its design, it's quite possible that it mirrored the film's deadly Mother Longlegs too much. After, all the the spider-like creature had legs that were 20-feet in length, and given that the unnamed creature in the photo was in all likelihood over-sized, too, the similarities were just too great.
While Vogt-Roberts is not directing the Kong: Skull Island follow-up Godzilla vs. Kong, set for release in 2020 (after Godzilla: King of the Monsters in 2019), there's no doubt that he left huge impressions on the franchise, including the design of the creatures. There's no denying that Vogt-Roberts came up with some very interesting ideas for the inhabitants of Skull Island, and while he says he's done making MonsterVerse films, fans can only hope some of his creativity across the board rubs off on Godzilla vs. Kong director Adam Wingard.
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- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) release date: May 31, 2019
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) release date: May 22, 2020