Jordan Vogt-Roberts wasn't intimidated by the scale of Kong: Skull Island
Jordan Vogt-Roberts went through a “rollercoaster of emotions” while filming Kong: Skull Island.
Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts wasn't daunted about making the leap from independent movies to blockbusters because "filmmaking is filmmaking".
The moviemaker made his directorial debut with independent coming-of-age comedy The Kings of Summer, which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
He also directed Nick Offerman's stand-up comedy documentary American Ham, episodes of TV series Death Valley, Mash Up and You're the Worst, web series, and short films including Successful Alcoholics - so his hiring for Kong: Skull Island was a big transition to blockbuster filmmaking.
However, Jordan wasn't intimidated by the challenge because at the end of the day, the principles of filmmaking remain the same regardless of the scale of the project.
"Telling a story and caring about characters and finding ways to be progressive about the way you're telling a story, that never changes," he told WENN at the film's London premiere.
"It's still the same fundamentals so there were plenty of things that were crazy and different and unexpected and unheard of and you go through a rollercoaster of emotions you just can't predict but ultimately, filmmaking is filmmaking and my job is to tell a story."
The film is a reimagining of the classic King Kong monster story and stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, John Goodman, and Samuel L. Jackson as a team who go on a mission to explore the uncharted territory of Skull Island.
The original 1933 film has been remade twice, most recently in 2005 by Peter Jackson, so Jordan was determined to get away from the classic story.
"We wanted to get away from the beauty and the beast story and we wanted to show audiences something different and new mythology within this world," he explained.
Kong: Skull Island is in cinemas now.
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