‘Kong: Skull Island’s Original Opening Was Going To Mock Peter Jackson’s Version

Over the years, the film industry has produced a large amount of remakes for beloved films more than once. With one of the more remade stories being that of King Kong, it should not come as much of a surprise to fans that even after Peter Jackson directed a beautifully done King Kong film in 2005, winning three Oscar atop of many other nominations, Hollywood made another King Kong remake only twelve years later. Kong: Skull Island is a King Kong film very different than its predecessors, especially Peter Jackson’s adaptation considering director Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ Skull Island is nothing more than a monster movie which uses CGI action to capture its fans’ hearts and was used to smoothly transition the character into future Godzilla vs. King Kong films.

Regardless of the obvious differences in tone in the two films, one of the biggest differences is the size of the apes; Kong: Skull Island‘s King Kong is nearly four times bigger than King Kong‘s. For reference in comparing the sizes of the two monsters, below are images from King Kong and Kong: Skull Island. Both images show Kong holding a regular sized human in his hand:

While Jordan Vogt-Roberts clearly took a different approach to making his film in comparison to previous iterations, the director recently revealed during an interview with Empire Podcast that he originally had a much different introduction for his film than what was seen in the final product. His original vision for the introduction was rather different than what was finally used, but most notably it appears to take a jab at Peter Jackson’s King Kong. Vogt-Roberts was quoted, saying:

“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.’”

The introduction Kong: Skull Island eventually chose seems more fitting for the eventual plot of the film than if they were to introduce a new, completely random ape that would last no longer than a few seconds simply to take a jab at Peter Jackson’s version. While Vogt-Robert’s original introduction would have clearly thrown shade at Peter Jackson’s film, making little to no contribution to enhance his own film’s story, there is no real reason for  him to do so. It is unsure of why Vogt-Roberts had the intention of taking a jab at Peter Jackson considering there is no real reason to disrespect any previous iterations of the film and there is no existing rivalry between any of the Kong films. Regardless, the version used is likely to be more fitting for the film’s final product.

Kong: Skull Island is currently in theaters.

Source: Screen Rant