Adam Wingard to Direct Godzilla vs. Kong

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Although his Blair Witch sequel was a major disappointment, Adam Wingard’s stock has continued to rise as of late as he makes the jump from low budget genre fare to big budget blockbusters. Over the past year or so, we’ve been hearing the director of You’re Next and The Guest mentioned in association with more and more studio tentpoles including Furious 8 and Sony’s Venom spin-off. While those jobs ultimately went to other directors, this week Wingard has finally landed his first blockbuster gig and it seems like it was probably worth the wait. Hit the jump for the full scoop.

According to THR, Adam Wingard has closed a deal to direct Godzilla vs. Kong for Legendary Entertainment and Warner Brothers. This movie will be the follow-up to Kong: Skull Island and the upcoming Godzilla sequel, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which is being directed by Michael Dougherty (Krampus). That movie will hit theatres on March 22nd, 2019, while Godzilla vs. Kong is scheduled to be released on May 22nd, 2020.

The script is being handled by a writers room that includes Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean), Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne (Star Trek Beyond), Lindsey Beer (The Kingkiller Chronicle), Cat Vasko (Queen of the Air), T.S. Nowlin (The Maze Runner), Jack Paglen (Transcendence) and J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5). Not much is known about the plot at this time and casting still has yet to be announced. Wingard’s next film is the live-action Death Note adaptation but he also has a remake of I Saw the Devil in the works. Do you think Adam Wingard is an inspired choice to direct Godzilla vs. Kong?

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  • Stinker

    I donĀ“t care. I am waiting for the Tele Tubbies vs Terminator vs Aliens movie.

    And I want it KNOW.

  • Todd S. Gallows

    Adam Wingard’s in theory a great director who offers an original take on most of what he touches. But I don’t know how much he can lend to the material. It might be another Blair Witch as opposed to The Guest. It’s the fourth installment/culmination of a bunch of extended universe movies, and generally, these movies often feature the monsters stealing the show, and the side stories involving the humans often take the back seat and grind it all to a screeching halt. Maybe he’s the man to break the mould, but time will tell.

    Until then, highly looking forward to Death Note. There have been 4 bad movies for that and an awful TV show, but it looks like he is doing something interesting with it. So again, maybe that’ll translate to Godzilla vs. Kong.

  • Tommy

    I really need him to blow me away before I see another turd from him. I’m not sure Death Note will be it. Hopefully there’s a good little indie thing before GvK:DoJ