Jordan Vogt-Roberts

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Jordan Vogt-Roberts
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Jordan Vogt-Roberts at San Diego Comic-Con International in 2016
Jordan Charles Vogt-Roberts

(1984-09-22) September 22, 1984 (age 37)
EducationColumbia College Chicago (2006)
Years active2007–present
Notable work
The Kings of Summer
Kong: Skull Island

Jordan Charles Vogt-Roberts (born September 22, 1984) is an American film director, film producer, screenwriter, and television director. His feature directorial debut, The Kings of Summer, screened at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The film also won the Narrative Feature Audience Award at the 2013 Dallas International Film Festival.[1] In 2017, Vogt-Roberts directed the MonsterVerse film Kong: Skull Island.


Jordan Voight-Roberts began his professional career with the film, 'Successful Alcoholics' which was screened at Sundance in 2010 as a short;

Earlier, he directed and wrote the short film 'Vectors' which was filmed in the backyard of Forest and Jon Casey's house at 306 Potter Street in Royal Oak, Michigan. Jordan attended Royal Oak Dondero High School with Forest Casey. Later Jordan attended Columbia College in Chicago, and struggled with their 8-mm. requirement + Gen. Ed. classes. Eventually, he graduated and moved to LA, continuing his friendship with the Casey's, who had already moved there.

Vogt-Roberts continued his career producing and directing episodes of two web series, Memoirs of a Manchild (2009-2010) and Book Club (2009-2013), and directing most episodes of the web series Single Dads (2009-2011).[2]

After turning an episode of Memoirs of a Manchild into the short film Mint in a Box (2009),[3] in 2010, he wrote and directed the short film Successful Alcoholics. The film screened at the Sundance Film Festival, the SXSW Film Festival, the AFI Fest and 30 other film festivals.[4]

Vogt-Roberts went on to direct Comedy Central's Mash Up,[5] as well as episodes of Funny or Die Presents[6], MTV's Death Valley[7] and FX's You're the Worst.[7]

Vogt-Roberts's feature film debut, The Kings of Summer, was screened at the Sundance Film Festival and the Cleveland International Film Festival, and won the Narrative Feature Audience Award at the 2013 Dallas International Film Festival.[8][9]

He went on to direct Kong: Skull Island in 2017, which grossed over $565 million at the global box office.[10]

Vogt-Roberts is directing a film based on the Metal Gear series for Sony Pictures.[11] In interviews, Vogt-Roberts repeatedly expressed his passion for video games, and recounted his meeting with Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima to discuss the making of the film.[12] In Kong: Skull Island, a boat bears the name Gray Fox as an homage to the character of the same name in the Metal Gear series.[13]

Vogt-Roberts was to direct the pilot of The Walking Dead: World Beyond,[14] but was replaced with Magnus Martens, who previously directed for Fear the Walking Dead. The change in directors was a result of the production going in a different direction; Vogt-Roberts still contributed to the first episode, however.[15]

In 2018, it was announced that Vogt-Roberts would direct a miniseries adaptation of the 2014 book Console Wars, with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg executive producing the series and CBS All Access distributing it.[16]

In 2021, it was announced that Vogt-Roberts would direct a live action adaptation of Gundam, from a screenplay by Brian K. Vaughan. The film will be produced by Legendary Entertainment and distributed by Netflix.[17]

Personal life[edit]

He is Jewish. Vogt-Roberts was born in the United States and grew up in the Greater Detroit area.[18] He moved to Arizona at 14 but went back to Royal Oak, Michigan his senior year to graduate with his hometown friends.[19] He graduated from Dondero High School in 2003 and later Columbia College Chicago in 2006.[19]

On September 11, 2017, Vogt-Roberts was brutally attacked while living in Ho Chi Minh City. After investigating the case with GQ journalist Max Marshall, Vogt-Roberts identified his attackers and one of the assailants was eventually arrested in India.[20]



Year Title Director Producer Writer Notes
2013 The Kings of Summer Yes No No
2014 Nick Offerman: American Ham Yes No No Stand-up documentary
2017 Kong: Skull Island Yes No No
TBA Untitled Gundam film[21] Yes Yes No
Metal Gear Solid Yes No Yes Co-wrote story with Derek Connolly


Year Title Notes
2011 Funny or Die Presents 5 episodes
2011 Death Valley 3 episodes
2012 Mash Up 8 episodes
2014, 2019 You're the Worst 8 episodes
2015 Cocked Pilot

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2019 Death Stranding[22] The Film Director Likeness only



  1. ^ "Congratulations to the 2013 Dallas International Film Festival winners!". Dallas Film Society. Archived from the original on 2013-06-06. Retrieved 2013-06-07.
  2. ^ Single Dads at Web Series Channel, Archived 2013-09-24 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ 5 Short Reasons Jordan Vogt-Roberts is the Next Great Comedy Film Director,
  4. ^ Successful Alcoholics at Vimeo,
  5. ^ Mash Up profile Archived 2013-06-08 at the Wayback Machine,; accessed January 11, 2014.
  6. ^ Vogt-Roberts, Jordan (2010-10-02), HBO/Funny or Die: Baby Boss: Going to the Boss, retrieved 2019-01-16
  7. ^ a b "Jordan Vogt-Roberts | TV Guide". Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  8. ^ "The Kings of Summer: Sundance Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  9. ^ "Dallas International Film Festival Announces Full 2013 Lineup". D Magazine. 2013-03-12. Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  10. ^ "Kong: Skull Island (2017) - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  11. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (June 3, 2014). "Sony In Talks With Jordan Vogt-Roberts To Helm 'Metal Gear Solid'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  12. ^ Weber, Rachel (May 9, 2017). "'Kong: Skull Island' Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts on Kojima and Making the 'Metal Gear' Movie". Glixel. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  13. ^ Skrebels, Joe (March 7, 2017). "Metal Gear Movie Director on the Characters He Wants to Include". IGN. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  14. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (July 19, 2019). "'The Walking Dead': Full Cast Set for Third Show on AMC". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  15. ^ Matthews, Liam (October 1, 2020). "The Walking Dead: World Beyond Boss Says You Don't Have to Be Caught Up on TWD to Watch the Spin-Off". TV Guide. Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  16. ^ Otterson, Joe (2018-11-28). "Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg to Produce 'Console Wars' as Limited Series". Variety. Retrieved 2021-02-07.
  17. ^ Netflix is Making a Live-Action Gundam Movie with Jordan Vogt-Roberts Directing - IGN, retrieved 2021-04-12
  18. ^ "Greetings From Hollywood". Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  19. ^ a b "'Toy's House' Film Director Talks About Growing Up in Royal Oak". Royal Oak, MI Patch. 2013-01-28. Retrieved 2019-05-05.
  20. ^ Marshall, Max (July 9, 2018). "Attack on Skull Island". GQ. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  21. ^ "Jordan Vogt-Roberts To Direct Live-Action Film Adaptation Based On Iconic Gundam Universe" (Press release). Retrieved 2021-04-12.
  22. ^ "Death Stranding guide: All of the game's hidden celebrity cameos". Polygon. November 11, 2019. Retrieved December 4, 2020.

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