After months of speculation, filmmaker Adam Wingard has emerged as the top choice to direct the ultimate monster movie throwdown otherwise know as Godzilla vs. Kong.
Having made a name for himself with inventive low-budget thrillers like You're Next, A Horrible Way to Die, and The Guest (so good), Wingard surprised everybody by secretly making a Blair Witch Project sequel/reboot last year. Sadly, the stealth horror movie wasn't exactly a box-office smash, but the slight misstep hasn't done Wingard any harm mostly thanks to the tiny $5 million budget.
Godzilla vs. Kong will be the fourth movie in a shared universe that started with 2014's Godzilla, continued with this year's Kong: Skull Island and next year's Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Naturally, all of this is leading towards the 2020 release that will see Godzilla duke it out with King Kong to determine who is the mightiest monster. I'm sure there will be an actual plot, but the key selling feature here is watching these two cinematic titans knock seven bells out of each other.
Back in March, Warner Bros put together a writers room for their shared monster universe let by Pirates of the Caribbean co-scribe Terry Rossio. While that might set you on edge as the Pirates movies aren't famed for their simplified plots, I think the involvement of Wingard is enough to quell any early concerns.
We won't have to wait long to see another movie from Adam Wingard, his highly-anticipated English language remake of Deathnote arrives on Netflix on August 25. The fan reaction to the trailer was less than encouraging with accusations of whitewashing and a petition to boycott the film reached more than sixteen thousand signatures.
Godzilla King of the Monsters is currently in production with Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga and Stranger Things breakout Millie Bobby Brown amongst the cast.