Adam Wingard to Direct King Kong vs. Godzilla
Back when Godzilla hit theaters in 2014, we knew it would be part of a larger MonsterVerse that would result in King Kong vs. Godzilla in 2020. While I wasn't the biggest fan of Godzilla, I actually quite enjoyed Kong: Skull Island. I know I'm in the minority, but I found to be incredibly fun and entertaining, and it did a fantastic job of reintroducing us to Kong. You can read our full review here. Since then, we have learned that Krampus director Michael Dougherty will be helming Godzilla: King of the Monsters, due out in early 2019. I didn't like Krampus all that much, so I'm not that big on the idea of Dougherty doing the film. However, with the cast that they've assembled, I am certainly looking forward to seeing the movie. King of the Monsters is the final movie before the (supposed) conclusion in 2020. We'll talk more about that in a minute. But with the release of Skull Island this year, the future of the MonsterVerse has gone under consideration. Right now, Skull Island made $565 million worldwide on an $185 million dollar budget. That makes it profitable, but not a runaway hit. These numbers don't inhibit Warner Bros. from making more movies, but they're not the kind of numbers they would have liked. Regardless, Warner Bros. is moving forward with their universe, and have announced a director for 2020's King Kong vs. Godzilla.
Blair Witch director Adam Wingard will be helming the 2020 MonsterVerse movie. I'm mixed on this. I wasn't really thrilled with Blair Witch. It was essentially a remake of The Blair Witch Project, and did little to be its own movie. However, that doesn't exactly mean that Wingard doesn't have what it takes. He has a new movie coming out this year for Netflix, called Death Note. This film will be very telling of my excitement for Wingard doing King Kong vs. Godzilla. If it's awesome, then I'll certainly be on board. But if it sucks, coupled with the disappointment of Blair Witch, then I think this will be another mixed director pairing, similar to Dougherty with Godzilla: King of the Monsters. With King Kong vs. Godzilla being the final film in this MonsterVerse, I guess I was expecting a more hard-hitting director. Although, the finality of this series is up in the air. Spoilers for Kong: Skull Island, but the post credits scene featured a look at all the classic monsters, including Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah. I think the assumption is that these monsters will be featured in King of the Monsters, but spin-offs could be plausible, should the future installments of the MonsterVerse be successful. We already talked about how Skull Island wasn't a major success, and Godzilla was in the same boat. But should King of the Monsters and King Kong vs. Godzilla be incredibly successful, then I'm sure Warner Bros. would greenlight more movies. Regardless, I'm waiting for Death Note to judge whether I think Wingard will be a good fit for King Kong vs. Godzilla, and I'm excited to see more movies in this MonsterVerse.
What do you think? Are you glad that Adam Wingard will direct King Kong vs. Godzilla? Are you looking forward to seeing the film? Did you like this year's Kong: Skull Island? Do you think Warner Bros. will stop their MonsterVerse after King Kong vs. Godzilla? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
Written by: Nate
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