As far as some viewers are concerned, John C. Reilly's participation in Kong: Skull Island killed the tone of the Monsterverse installment. So synonymous with his comedy workings from Step Brothers to Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and even his cameo as Rhomann Dey in Guardians of the Galaxy - the 51-year old is most remembered for his comedic roles despite a career spanning numerous dramas and other genres.
However, his part as Hank Marlow was given due recognition by director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. Who went as far as to say that his character could earn it's very own standalone spinoff flick. Warner Brothers already have titles mooted for 2019, 2020 and beyond, but the filmmaker apparently wants to take Reilly's role and expand upon it.
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Discussing the Kong universe only days after the premiere of the blockbuster, the director made special reference to Reilly when it came to his involvement in future films of the franchise. With Godzilla: King of Monsters and Godzilla vs. Kong already slated for Warner Brothers, Vogt-Roberts was more enthused by the prospect of veering off on his own tangent with Reilly.
"I mean, all people are f***ing excited about the idea for Kong and Godzilla and Rodan and all those creatures clashing," he explained. "I don't exactly know where the world's plans are. In fact, I keep joking that personally I'm more interested in doing a $30m version of young John C. Reilly on the island. Just some weird, the odd-ball monster comedy with him and Gunpei. So I don't really know where they'd take it from here."
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With yet another video game adaptation in the works for Metal Gear Solid, Vogt-Roberts has been earmarked to helm the project and might need to open discussions with Legendary and Warner Brothers should he go ahead with Reilly. Screenwriters from the Monsterverse are believed to be working behind closed doors on a follow up to their 2019 and 2020 sequels as the conclusion to Kong: Skull Island opened up a multitude of possibilities for the world they have created.
Featuring the likes of Mothra, King Ghidorah, Rodan and Godzilla as part of the Project Monarch organization, the American remakes of the Japanese Kaiju genre could splinter off in any number of directions. Given the commercial viability of these pictures, the safer bet for Vogt-Roberts would be to sign onto one of these studio behemoths.
Clearly the Detroit native does not like to play things safe.