Vogt-Roberts, who marshalled the likes of Tom Hiddleston (Thor: The Dark World), Samuel L. Jackson (Django Unchained) and Brie Larson (The Spectacular Now) as well as a digitally created Kong for the movie, talked to the magazine about his visual cues for the new ape's design. "If anything, our Kong is meant to be a throwback to the '33 version," he tells Entertainment Weekly. "I don't think there's much similarity at all between our version and Peter Jackson's Kong. That version is very much a scaled-up silverback gorilla, and ours is something that is slightly more exaggerated. A big mandate for us was, how do we make this feel like a classic movie monster?"
And he also appears to throw some less than subtle shade towards the storytelling ideas of a certain other big monster's recent movie... "We're fundamentally not playing the same game that Gareth Edwards' Godzilla (2014) did and most monster movies do, which I'm sort of sick of the notion that a monster movie needs to wait an hour or 40 minutes until the creature shows up," says Vogt-Roberts. "Kong traditionally does not show up in these movies until very, very late, and the monster traditionally does not show up until very, very late in a monster movie, so a lot of these movies tend to have this structure that's a bit of a slow burn. Something about this movie made me want to reject that and play a very, very different game."
With a script that has seen work by Max Borenstein (Godzilla), John Gatins (Real Steel), Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler) and Derek Connolly (Jurassic World), the film itself is set for a 10 March release in the UK and US. Originally set up by Legendary Pictures at current partner Universal Pictures, the movie recently shifted back to the production company's old home Warner Bros, with Legendary hoping to spark a franchise that would eventually see Kong square off against Godzilla.