Director Michael Dougherty sat down with SFX Magazine to discuss Godzilla 2: King of the Monsters and his contributions towards its sequel, Godzilla vs. Kong which arrives next year. Dougherty specifically discusses writing for both Godzilla and Kong, building up for the exciting culmination of the Monsterverse quadrilogy.
SFX: So How Are They Different?
Mike Dougherty: Because Kong is a little close to human - he's a primate, as we are - he's allowed to show a slightly larger range of emotions.
We expect those very unique, and even warm, bonding moments between Kong and human beings. That goes back to the 1933 film, where he was never strictly a monster; there was always a very human side to him in the ways that he interacts with us. That was a joy to write. With Godzilla, that's not expected.
That's not to say that you can't do it, but any kind of bond between Godzilla and humans has usually been more implied. So you rarely get to see Godzilla's softer side.
Where as with Kong, it's an essential part of the character. If you ever made a Kong film, where you didn't get to see the softer side of the character, it would fall short.
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This article was written By Chris and published on 2019-05-05 17:08:40
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Godzilla vs. Kong (2021) is the sequel to Michael Dougherty's Godzilla 2: King of the Monsters and will be the fourth and final installment in the Monsterverse movie quadrilogy. It will also bridge both the Godzilla movies and Kong: Skull Island by bringing Godzilla and Kong face-to-face for an epic match-up. To learn more about Godzilla vs. Kong, check out the Godzilla vs. Kong about page here!
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