Godzilla vs. Kong Taps Adam Wingard to Direct
The highly-anticipated Godzilla vs. Kong film has landed Adam Wingard as director. After years of remaining dormant, Warner Bros. revived the Godzilla franchise three years ago with Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla film, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, and Bryan Cranston. The movie ended up becoming the first installment in the studio’s newly formed MonsterVerse, which now includes the iconic monster King Kong.
Earlier this year, Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ Kong: Skull Island released, starring Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, and John C. Reilly, among others. In addition to introducing King Kong, the film also included the likes of Mother Longlegs, Spore Mantis, Psychovulture, and more. It successful showed the scale of the shared universe that the studio has been trying to build, something the movie’s post-credits scene also heavily teased.
Shortly after commissioning the MonsterVerse, Warner Bros. announced plans to release a Godzilla vs. Kong movie, with it set to arrive in May 2020. According to THR, the movie will be directed by Blair Witch and Death Note director Adam Wingard. He’s an interesting choice to helm the project, considering his lengthy experience developing low-budget horror films, such as You’re Next, The Guest, and V/H/S.
Not that long ago, Legendary Entertainment commissioned a writers’ room of some of the industry’s top talent to establish the burgeoning MonsterVerse, which includes writers such as Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean), J. Michael Straczynski (World War Z), and Patrick McKay (Star Trek Beyond), with Trick R’ Treat producer Alex Garcia shepherding the shared universe. Although they are specifically focusing on the development on Godzilla vs. Kong, it seems likely that they will be planning out the rest of the MonsterVerse as well.
It wasn’t long after Godzilla released that Legendary announced that they had acquired the theatrical rights to creatures such as Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah from Toho, the Japanese production company that created the iconic monsters. Some of those creatures were teased in Edwards’ Godzilla film, but since the studio didn’t own the rights at the time, the references and easter eggs seemed like nothing more than fan service. That all changed when the studio secured the rights to the characters.
It’s unknown when each character will make their debut, though it’s plausible we would see at least Mothra sooner rather than later. Before the two giants meet face-to-face, Godzilla will be returning for another solo movie, titled Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The film will be directed by Michael Dougherty and star Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, Charles Dance, Sally Hawkins, and Vera Farmiga. Of course, what fans are really excited to see is Godzilla take on King Kong in 2020.
Key Release Dates
Godzilla: King of Monsters release date: Mar 22, 2019
Godzilla vs. Kong release date: May 22, 2020
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