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 34)
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 and television director. His feature directorial debut, The Kings of Summer, screened at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize, and also at the 2013 Cleveland International Film Festival. The film won the Narrative Feature Audience Award at the 2013 Dallas International Film Festival.[1] He also wrote and directed a short film which screened at the Sundance Film Festival and SXSW, Successful Alcoholics. He also co-wrote and directed the TV series Mash Up. In 2017, Vogt-Roberts directed the MonsterVerse film Kong: Skull Island.

Early life[edit]

Vogt-Roberts was born in the United States, to a Jewish family.[2] He grew up in Detroit.


Vogt-Roberts started his career producing and directing episodes of two web series, Memoirs of a Manchild (2009-2010) and Book Club (2009-2013), and directing nearly all the episodes of the web series Single Dads (2009-2011).[3]

After turning an episode of Memoirs of Manchild into the short film Mint in a Box (2009),[4] in 2010, he wrote and directed the short film Successful Alcoholics, starring T.J. Miller and Lizzy Caplan. The film screened at the Sundance Film Festival, the SXSW Film Festival, the AFI Fest and 30 other film festivals.[5]

Vogt-Roberts would later work with Miller again on Comedy Central's Mash Up. He co-wrote the series with Miller and directed all of its episodes.[6] He has directed various episodes of Funny or Die Presents as well as several episodes of MTV's Death Valley.

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.

In September 2014, it was announced that Vogt-Roberts would direct Kong: Skull Island. The film was released on March 10, 2017.[7]

Vogt-Roberts is directing a film based on the Metal Gear series, after reportedly starting talks with Sony Pictures in 2014.[8] Jay Basu has been hired to write the script.[9] In interviews, Vogt-Roberts had repeatedly expressed his passion for video games, and for the Metal Gear series in particular, and had previously met with Hideo Kojima to discuss the making of the film.[10] In Kong: Skull Island, a boat bears the name Gray Fox after the character of the same name in Metal Gear, Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake and Metal Gear Solid.[11] Vogt-Roberts explained how he invited potential screenplay writers to his house to play several Metal Gear games,[10] and noted the difficulty in keeping the game's tone for the film,[11] as well as acknowledging the generally poor critical reception of previous film adaptations of video games.[10] In July 2018, he expressed interest in directing a film based on the Metroid series of video games, citing 1994's Super Metroid as inspiration.[12]

In 2017, Vogt-Roberts pitched a Red Son adaptation to Warner Brothers, as an "offshoot" of the DC Extended Universe with different actors for Superman and Batman, but "was told no."[13] Later in the year, Vogt-Roberts directed a live-action trailer for Destiny 2, expressing to GameSpot that "anything related to video games is a labor of love."[14]

Other works[edit]

Vogt-Roberts contributed to the webpage with a few stand-up comedian friends in order to display various videos merging stand-up and visual storytelling that he produced and directed.[15]

Personal life[edit]

On September 11, 2017, Vogt-Roberts was attacked and assaulted in a bar fight in Ho Chi Minh City. "I was brutally and maliciously assaulted by a group of several men," Jordan Vogt-Roberts wrote in a letter to the U.S. embassy.[16] After investigating the case with GQ journalist Max Marshall, Vogt-Roberts identified his attackers as members of a Vietnamese-Canadian drug trafficking gang called "United Nations"; one of his assailants was eventually arrested in India.[17]

In December 19, 2017, pornographic actress Dana DeArmond accused Vogt-Roberts and T.J. Miller of sexual harassment after filming for Comedy Central's Mash Up, alleging that Vogt-Roberts kissed her without her consent.[18]



Year Film Credited as
Director Executive Producer Notes
2013 The Kings of Summer Yes Yes
2014 Nick Offerman: American Ham Yes Yes Stand-up documentary
2017 Kong: Skull Island Yes No
TBA Metal Gear Solid Yes No


Year Series Credited as
Director Notes
2011 Funny or Die Presents Yes 5 episodes
2011 Death Valley Yes 3 episodes
2014 You're the Worst Yes 4 episodes
2015 Cocked Yes Pilot


Destiny 2 (2017)
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (2018)


  • WINNER RinCon Film Festival 2010 for Best Comedy and Best Actor
  • Montreal ‘Just for Laughs‘ Film Festival “Mint in Box”
  • Guest Lecturer Columbia College 2009
  • Winner of DVXfest for ‘Mint in Box’ 2009
  • Winner of D.C. Comedy Festival for ‘Illegal use of Hands’ 2008
  • Featured panel at Cannes MIPCOM for ‘Single Dads’
  • Featured Act at HBO Las Vegas Comedy Festival 2007
  • Film Chair of D.C. Comedy Festival 2007
  • Grand Jury Prize at Cingular Sundance Short Film Festival 2005


  1. ^ 2013 Dallas International Film Festival Winners, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-06. Retrieved 2013-06-07.
  2. ^
  3. ^ Single Dads at Web Series Channel,
  4. ^ 5 Short Reasons Jordan Vogt-Roberts is the Next Great Comedy Film Director,
  5. ^ Successful Alcoholics at Vimeo,
  6. ^ Mash Up profile Archived 2013-06-08 at the Wayback Machine.,; accessed January 11, 2014.
  7. ^ Miska, Brad (September 16, 2014). "Is 'Kong: Skull Island' Another Reboot of 'King Kong'?". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved September 16, 2014.
  8. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (June 3, 2014). "Sony In Talks With Jordan Vogt-Roberts To Helm 'Metal Gear Solid'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  9. ^ Jaafar, Ali (March 30, 2015). "Sony Taps Jay Basu To Write 'Metal Gear Solid'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  10. ^ a b c 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.
  11. ^ a b Skrebels, Joe (March 7, 2017). "Metal Gear Movie Director on the Characters He Wants to Include". IGN. Retrieved May 18, 2017.
  12. ^ Hart, Aimee (July 16, 2018). "Metal Gear Director Wants to Make a Metroid Movie". Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  13. ^ Brew, Simon; Lamble, Ryan (June 27, 2017). "Superman: Warner Bros pitching to directors for live action Red Son movie". Den of Geek. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  14. ^ Rougeau, Michael (August 31, 2017). "New Live-Action Destiny 2 Trailer Was Made By Metal Gear Solid Movie's Director". GameSpot. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  15. ^ Vogt-Roberts website
  16. ^ Thang, Quoc; Vi, Vu (September 12, 2017). "'I was brutally and maliciously assaulted': Kong director recalls Saigon bar fight". VnExpress. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  17. ^ Marshall, Max (July 9, 2018). "Attack on Skull Island". GQ. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  18. ^ Wanshel, Elyse (December 20, 2017). "Adult Film Star Accuses T.J. Miller And Jordan Vogt-Roberts Of Harassment". HuffPost. Retrieved December 20, 2017.

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