After Gareth Edwards’ 75% butt/25% awesome as hell Godzilla and Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ visually bold Kong: Skull Island, the world has waited at rapt attention to find out who would be given the keys to the Kaiju kingdom for the inevitable Kong v. Godzilla. We now know that answer: Adam Wingard.
Fresh off the surprise sequel Blair Witch and with his upcoming Death Note adaptation hitting Netflix later in the year, Wingard has long been attached to various blockbuster tentpoles, but it’s no surprise that the horror-centric director of You’re Next and The Guest wound up with this gig. Wingard is a fascinating choice, particularly given Legendary Pictures and Warner Brothers has already picked up Krampus and Trick r Treat director Michael Dougherty for their planned 2019 sequel Godzilla: King of the Monsters, indicating the series is leaning into the terrifying nature of these gargantuan beasts.
While Wingard has yet to work on anything of this size or scale, be it budget or character, he’s an inspired choice as he has worked up the ranks from being an incredibly talented indie-director slowly working with larger and larger budgets and honing his skills with each effort, and all indications are that he’s been nothing but an exemplary leader and employee every step of the way. This isn’t Colin Trevorrow being overwhelmed by jumping from a $750,000 indie-drama to a $150 million dollar effects-laden blockbuster, nor is it Josh Trank getting blasted by the wide scope of Fant4stic. Wingard has worked his way up through the system, and an action-horror kaiju film makes logical sense as his next step in his directorial journey. I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us.
Godzilla v. Kong is slated for May 22, 2020, while Michael Dougherty’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters will be released March 22, 2019.