Godzilla news seems to be abundant lately. Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters (2017) is ramping up its promotion and Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) is making noise with a big scene in Mexico. Even though Adam Wingard's Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) is the last movie on the slate of upcoming Godzilla films, he keeps the hype train going for the anticipated showdown.
Wingard spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the monster movie crossover, claiming there will be a definite winner this time around,
“I do want there to be a winner, the original film (King Kong vs. Godzilla ) 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.”
Wingard also spoke to ComingSoon.net about his approach to the film, especially in regard to fans,
"The Godzilla/Kong fanbase is very different. They’re just really excited that anybody is taking this stuff seriously. They can smell a fake from a mile away, so if your enthusiasm isn’t real then they’ll eat you alive. As soon as you can prove that your intentions are true to the source material, that’s all that matters, specifically if you’re dealing with big monsters. You really have to take them seriously, almost as people.
Godzilla has gone through so many iterations. He’s been a bad guy, he’s been a good guy, he’s been a conflicted guy. There’s so many different things you can do with it, but it’s not drawing on one core story and its always been about the evolution of the character. They’re going in a great direction with it so far. I just went on the set of “Godzilla 2,” got to peak in on that and it looks totally awesome and the vibe that they’re going for is great. It’s a cool tradition to jump into, but it’s also one of those things where at a certain point you have to take it very seriously. Even though these are big, wild monster movies the origin of that is really from World War II and Hiroshima. If you watch that first film it’s really a sad movie. It’s a really depressing exploration of that, so you always have to remember at the end of the day the reason you’re here is because a major catastrophe took place. There’s this underlying darkness under it all, but at the end of the day it is for kids as well. Its evolved into this whole other thing that means so many things to different people."
Wingard also noted the positive atmosphere on the set of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, particularly director Michael Dougherty's enthusiastic demeanor.
“Part of me just wanted to go there and see what a $200 million — or whatever it’s costing — movie liked like. And I was kind of relieved to see that, at a certain point, movies can only get so big. That’s kind of what I got from it. It was really educational, just from that perspective. Mike was really nice. I’d never met him before. I walked up to him on set and he was taking pictures of one of the props or something, and he was laughing with somebody, and I was like, ‘Oh, this was really encouraging, to see that you’re smiling and looking happy!’ Because he was halfway through that production, so he could have been in horrible shape.”
What do you think of Godzilla vs. Kong having a clear winner? Do you think this means the two monsters will not team up? What about Wingard's approach with fans and his perception of the Godzilla: King of the Monsters set? Sound off below!
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