Godzilla vs. Kong director, Adam Wingard, was recently caught by IGN at San Diego Comic Con to talk about his approach to the anticipated MonsterVerse crossover. Although Wingard is in the very early stages of planning, he's been very excited and meticulous about the process,
"It's been a pleasure already in the first stages of it, having an excuse to go back and watch 30 Godzilla movies and justifying it to yourself. For me, it's about taking the series to the next level. It's easy to demonize Godzilla on one hand, but I have a lot of emotional attachment to both monsters."
The latter comment will undoubtedly perpetuate conversation among fans about whether or not Godzilla will take an antagonist role in the upcoming slugfest. Wingard continued to speak about working on such a big scale project with Birth Movies Death:
"When you’re doing anything that involves a lot of money, it should not be an ‘us vs. them’ kind of thing, and as soon as you start treating it that way, it becomes that way. But as long as you’re open to ideas when they come—and sometimes they’re good and sometimes you have to push back—it’s just about being able to communicate. On Death Note, which had many producers and a lot of oversight on it, I felt like I was 100 percent able to make the movie I wanted to make."
His comments loosely address the partnership between producers and directors--A popular topic after the creative breakdown seen over the Han Solo movie.
He continued, speaking about the writing process and how he will soon hand story revisions over to screenwriter Terry Rossio.
"Terry ran the writers’ room, so he’s the personification of it, [the story] and everything we’re working on is first and foremost based on the outline they created there. We’re going in very great detail through all the characters, the arcs they have, how they relate to one another, and most importantly how they relate to the monsters, and how the monsters relate to them or reflect them. We’re also going beat by beat on the outline, because I have things that I want to add.
“So once again, it’s a discussion, and about feeling out how to make it as strong as possible, so that when Terry goes to write the screenplay, he has a definitive breakdown of what to include.”
It appears the film has its basic premise nailed down, what comes now is the actual screenwriting process of the revised story. Wingard also claimed he may visit the Godzilla: King of the Monsters set to get a feel for the post 2014 MonsterVerse and went on to address Kong's size to IGN.
"They gave us a good out in Kong when they mentioned that Kong is still growing, but that'll be a challenge we have to deal with, and we're very aware of that issue."
Godzilla vs. Kong is set for a May 22nd, 2020, Memorial Day weekend release. Godzilla: King of the Monsters will hit theaters March 22nd, 2019. However, before that, the King of the Monsters will make his feature length animated debut in Godzilla: Monster Planet hitting Japanese theaters November 17th this year. The film will hit Netflix worldwide some time after and will be followed by two sequels.
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