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Adam Wingard filmed 5 hours worth of Godzilla vs. Kong footage!

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Godzilla vs. Kong director Adam Wingard has revealed that there exists 5 hours worth of footage, most of which went unused in the final cut of the movie! Speaking to Den of Geek, Wingard explains that although there exists a lot of unused footage, he feels very satisfied with how the film finally came out. That being said though, given the success and fan adoration for the recent Snyder Cut of the Justice League, it begs the question if we will ever receive a Wingard Cut of Godzilla vs. Kong in the future, despite Wingard saying a director's cut is not currently in the cards:

There’s certainly enough footage to make a five-hour version of this film, I’m sure. But making a longer film is easier than making a shorter film in a lot of ways. For me, this is the version that worked the best, and I don’t see any reason to do a director’s cut. Probably the only thing if, 10 years from now, somebody said, ‘Hey, do you want to do a director’s cut of Godzilla vs. Kong?’ I would probably just use that time to have another 40 days in the sound mix, because I just love that kind of thing.

Godzilla vs. Kong's theatrical runtime clocks in at 113 minutes. So what was left on the editing room floor? Wingard goes on to explain some of what was cut:

We did shoot more and there were other parts of the plot that we cut out. There were other actors and stuff. I mean, Lance Reddick is top billed in the film, because he used to be in the movie more, but his role is very small because we tweaked a couple of plot points.

Unfortunately, sometimes just a tweak of the plot means that whole scenes have to go because they don’t fit anymore. Ultimately all the stuff we shot was just stuff that worked on its own merits, I think. Some of it did [work]. Some of it didn’t work. But most importantly, it wasn’t supporting the movie as a whole and the experience that I wanted to give people.

Wingard capped the interview off by saying he never wanted the film to surpass 2 hours and that he likely would not make a director’s cut even if given the chance.

Would you like to see a 5-hour long Godzilla vs. Kong Wingard Cut? Or are you pleased with the current release? Let us know in the comments!

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Written by ChrisPublished on 2021-04-04 08:06:04
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G. H. (Gman)

AdminGodzillaApr-04-2021 11:28 AM

I mean, this is filmmaking 101. Most movies start with what's called "assembly cuts" that are just a bunch of scenes put in order with no ryhme or reason to the editing process. Almost every movie ever made clocks at 4-6 hours with these initial cuts. But once you're working on it in the editing room, you have to make tough choices to see what works, what doesn't work and, most of all, tighten the movie.

One of the reasons I loath the Snyder Cut of Justice League is because the director was so self-indulgent in his own footage and the length of the movie. He had no sense of cutting what was unnecessary.

Tighter movies are usually better and while I admit Godzilla vs. Kong is especially tight, sometimes directors simply realize a movie works better when you tweak plot points in post-production. Suddenly the movie becomes something completely different than planned, but still works.

KaijuBuildz

MemberTitanosaurusApr-04-2021 11:46 AM

@G. H. (Gman) About GvK, I definitely agree with you. About the Snyder Cut, not as much. This probable not the best Forum site to discuss this, but the intent of the Snyder Cut wasn't to make an actual movie like it would be released in cinemas. The point of the Snyder Cut was to show Zack's complete (and with some extra's) vision of a movie which he was tragically forced to leave and which was turned into a Frankensteins monster 4 years ago.

Realistically, If Snyder finished his version of the movie 4 years ago, a lot of the run time would have been reduced to the length of other movies because like you said, that's how movies are made. It helped that it was on a streaming service instead of in cinemas, the movie itself was even divided in chapters to make it easer to either take breaks or to even watch it like a show. I'm sure somebody will either calculate or even edit the Snyder Cut down to a tighter movie with a shorter run time.

G. H. (Gman)

AdminGodzillaApr-04-2021 12:00 PM

KaijuBuildz,
Yes, but even Director's Cuts need not be so self-indulgent.  remember James Cameron filmed an entirely different ending for Terminator 2. The scene was completed, but James Cameron felt it was, "too neat" and didn't fit the movie. When he was allowed to do his Director's Cut of Terminator 2, he still left that scene out because he had the wherewithal and self-control to do away with unnecessary fluff and scenes that didn't work.

The Snyder Cut wasn't even entirely what Snyder envisioned--He added that awful, unnecessary epilogue scene, and Martian Manhunter (who was originally supposed to be Green Lantern), in reshoots.

Director's Cuts don't have to be that self-indulgent. Directors can think objectively about their work as well.

Issues with GvK aside, I respect Wingard sticking to his guns for a tighter piece.

sonictiger

MemberGiganApr-04-2021 5:17 PM

#ReleaseTheWingardCut

G. H. (Gman)

AdminGodzillaApr-04-2021 8:31 PM

Not even Wingard wants to release a Director's Cut:

"For me, this is the version that worked the best, and I don’t see any reason to do a director’s cut. Probably the only thing if, 10 years from now, somebody said, ‘Hey, do you want to do a director’s cut of Godzilla vs. Kong?’ I would probably just use that time to have another 40 days in the sound mix, because I just love that kind of thing.” - Adam Wingard [source]

sonictiger

MemberGiganApr-05-2021 3:19 PM

*Sigh*

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