Legendary’s “MonsterVerse” was originally intended to be comprised of a Godzilla trilogy. However, the studio’s decision to move Kong: Skull Island‘s distribution from Universal Pictures to Warner Bros. opened up a new possibility – Godzilla v. Kong.
That possibility became a reality when Legendary announced the future project for 2020. Adam Wingard will be directing the mega monster movie. His recent directing credits include the 2016 Blair Witch remake as well as Netflix’s version of the 2003 manga, Death Note.
Wingard has previously stated that it’s important for his iterations of Godzilla and King Kong to be taken seriously as characters. Speaking to Screen Crush in August, he said this about the titular beasts:
“I really want you to take those characters seriously. I want you to be emotionally invested, not just in the human characters, but actually in the monsters. It’s a massive monster brawl movie. There’s lots of monsters going crazy on each other, but at the end of the day I want there to be an emotional drive to it. I want you to be emotionally invested in them. I think that’s what’s going to make it really cool.”
He also spoke with IndieWire around that time and declared that Godzilla v. Kong would have a definite winner by the end of the movie. Something that the 1963 original movie didn’t conclude with:
“I do want there to be a winner. The original film was very fun, but you feel a little let down that the movie doesn’t take a definitive stance. People are still debating now who won in that original movie, you know. So, I do want people to walk away from this film feeling like, Okay, there is a winner.”
Before we get to Godzilla v. Kong though, we do have another Godzilla film on the way. Directed by Michael Dougherty, Godzilla: King of the Monsters is hitting theaters next year. It features arguably the biggest adversaries to exist for Godzilla: Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah.
I think it’s safe to assume that regardless of the events of King of the Monsters, Godzilla is making it out alive. Godzilla v. Kong smashes into theaters on May 22, 2020.