Jordan Vogt-Roberts reveals unused opening and ending for Kong: Skull Island

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Mar 15, 2017

Whether or not you loved the opening scene and grand finale of Kong: Skull Island, the creature feature did do a commendable job firmly establishing a foundation for its future slate of shared universe giant monster movies. Tossing in my two cents, I thought the climax and post-credits sequence were a bit pedestrian and safe and was earnestly hoping for something startlingly new that never arrived. While the tease of the Toho monsters was nice, I'd have loved to have seen a single peek of the colossal predators.

While films are a collaborative effort between hundreds of craftsmen and creative types, eventually a certain narrative path must be committed to, and that often leaves a few outrageous off-ramps and diversions on the table to mull over afterwards imbibing in a frosty pint or two. Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has offered up some of these abandoned ideas for the start and finish of Skull Island and explained how these crazy-cool ideas were pitched, discussed and finally rejected in a new chat with Empire.

On a weird World War II-era incident he wanted:

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.’

And regarding some Arctic-set, post-credits insanity:

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 realized 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.

Godzilla breaching up through the Arctic icefields? Now there's something memorable to take out of the theaters with you besides a smashed gummy worm on your pants.

(via Bloody Disgusting)