Jordan Vogt-Roberts is one of the most exciting new filmmakers. We loved his Amblin-esque indie coming of age film The Kings Of Summer, which was a breakout film at Sundance a couple years back. Jordan is currently developing a big screen adaptation of the video game Metal Gear Solid as well as Legendary Pictures’ King Kong prequel/sequel/reboot Skull Island.
Like many of the rest of us, Jordan spent this holiday weekend thinking about Star Wars and geeking out over the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. He took to Twitter to share a story about his love of Star Wars. I try to explain to people why the year or two experience leading up to The Phantom Menace was still worth it despite the film not living up to expectations. Jordan shares the magic and power of the fan community, explaining it much better than I could. Read the Jordan Vogt-Roberts Star Wars story in full after the jump.
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So far, it’s been nothing but good news on the Skull Island front. After the surprise announcement at Comic-Con, we found out that Jordan Vogt-Roberts will direct. Then we heard Tom Hiddleston will star. And now it’s more good news as Oscar-nominated screenwriter John Gatins has been brought on for a rewrite.
How is a rewrite good news? Well, besides the addition of a talented new team member, the original script by Max Borenstein was strong enough to attract the star, director, and a two year advance release date. Hopefully, things can only get better. Read more about the Skull Island script below. Read More »
We’ve got some more details on Legendary and Universal’s new film Skull Island, and they’re awesome. Legendary made the surprise announcement at Comic Con, promising a film that delves into the location of King Kong’s origin. Now Tom Hiddleston is in talks to star in the picture, which will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer, You’re the Worst). More info is below.
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You’re the Worst, a new show from FX, really dives in to sex as comedy as it follows a couple (Aya Cash and Chris Geere) who attempt to have a purely sexual relationship, and end up falling for each other anyway. Stephen Falk is the creator/exec producer/showrunner, and the pilot is directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kings of Summer, the future Metal Gear Solid film). The show is so open about sex that this You’re the Worst red-band trailer seems a lot more like a hard-R comedy ad than something for a TV show. This thing isn’t even vaguely safe for work, which means you probably want to watch it right now. Read More »
Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who made his feature debut directing The Kings of Summer, is now in talks become the Metal Gear Solid director. The film will (of course) be based on the long-running series of Metal Gear games from Konami and creator Hideo Kojima. Precisely which games will be featured is open to question, however. Read More »
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Arnold Schwarzenegger is giving you the chance to drive around with him in a tank, crushing things. For charity! Omaze and the After-School All-Stars are working with Arnold to set up a charity drive where one contributor will win an afternoon with Arnie, in his own tank, crushing things. Like in Conan, but perhaps not with your enemies. Crushing them is probably illegal.
The Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, who also just directed Nick Offerman’s on-stage movie Nick Offerman: American Ham, shot a spot with Schwarzenegger to promote the charity event. While the basic charity promo is pretty safe and “clean,” Vogt-Roberts also edited his own version of the spot. This one is very funny, and really gets Schwarzenegger’s weird personality across. Its full of movie references and Arnie’s love for the fact that he owns his own f*cking tank! Check out the spot below. Read More »
When I sat down with The Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts to discuss his movie I expected to have the typical fifteen to twenty-minute block of time. We ended up talking for far longer than that. As a result, our Q&A turned into more of a talk than an interview.
I’m not going to present the whole thing, but what follows is a lightly edited transcript of the bulk of our conversation. The director goes into great detail about his ambitions for the film, which follows three high school kids as they run away from home and spend a summer building their own home in the woods.
We talked about his view of where the film industry stands now, and quite a lot about the use of music in the movie, and why the soundtrack ranges from classic rock to modern hip-hop to the influence of 8-bit video game sounds. And Vogt-Roberts explained just how he designed the house these kids build as something people could conceivably construct in real life.
Vogt-Roberts also detailed some of the happy accidents that ended up being defining moments for the film. The great “playing on the pipe” sequence released as the teaser trailer, for example, was something they just fell into shooting on a day off. As a filmmaker, Jordan appears to be organized and able to plan, but also able to seize a moment and properly work it into the film. Sounds easy, but it’s something that people don’t always do well. Our talk about some of those instances gives a good insight into the birth of this film.
The Kings of Summer is in theaters now, and it’s a great feature debut. Check out the long-read interview below.
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Briefly: Hey, LA, if you haven’t seen the very entertaining film The Kings of Summer, from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, tonight might be the best night to catch it. At 7:40 this evening, at the Landmark Los Angeles at 10850 West Pico Blvd, Doug Benson will be hosting a special edition of the ‘Doug Loves Movies’ podcast, with the director and cast in attendance.
The Kings of Summer features Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, and Moises Arias as three kids who take off into the woods to build their own house over the course of a summer. Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, and Alison Brie play family members, and along with comedians such as Kumail Nanjiani, Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Hannibal Buress provide some of the film’s comedic highlights.
Jordan Vogt-Roberts will be at the show tonight, as will Robinson, Basso, and Arias. Other attendees are being set up as well, and some of that comedic supporting cast can be expected to show up. Get tickets here.
Audiences love a good coming of age story, and Jordan Vogt-Roberts‘ film The Kings of Summer is a great one. It tells the story of three boys (Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Aries) who decide to run away from home and build their own house in the woods. The Sundance hit opens in New York and Los Angeles May 31, will expand from there and you should certainly seek it out. We’ve got a review of it here, one trailer here, and even an interview with co-star Nick Offerman here.
Several posters have spun the tone of the film into cool, variant images. Check out three below. Read More »