Godzilla vs. Kong
|Godzilla vs. Kong|
|Directed by||Adam Wingard|
|Screenplay by||Terry Rossio|
Godzilla by Toho|
King Kong by Edgar Wallace and Merian C. Cooper
Godzilla vs. Kong is an upcoming American monster film directed by Adam Wingard. It is a sequel to Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) and Kong: Skull Island (2017), and will be the 36th film in the Godzilla franchise, the 9th film in the King Kong franchise, the 4th Godzilla film to be completely produced by a Hollywood studio, and the 4th film in Legendary's MonsterVerse. The film stars Kyle Chandler, Zhang Ziyi, Millie Bobby Brown, Van Marten, Julian Dennison, Danai Gurira, and Brian Tyree Henry.
The project was announced in October 2015 when Legendary announced plans for a shared cinematic universe between Godzilla and King Kong. Wingard was announced as the director in May 2017. Principal photography began in October 2018 in Atlanta, Hawaii and Australia and is expected to conclude in February 2019. Godzilla vs. Kong is scheduled to be released on May 22, 2020 by Warner Bros. Pictures.
- Kyle Chandler as Mark Russell
- Ziyi Zhang as Dr. Chen
- Millie Bobby Brown as Madison Russell
- Van Marten
- Julian Dennison
- Danai Gurira
- Brian Tyree Henry
In September 2015, Legendary moved Kong: Skull Island from Universal to Warner Bros., which sparked media speculation that Godzilla and King Kong will appear in a film together. In October 2015, Legendary confirmed that they would unite Godzilla and King Kong in Godzilla vs. Kong, at the time targeted for a May 29, 2020 release. Legendary plans to create a shared cinematic franchise "centered around Monarch" that "brings together Godzilla and Legendary’s King Kong in an ecosystem of other giant super-species, both classic and new."
Producer Alex Garcia confirmed that the film will not be a remake of the Toho version, stating, "the idea is not to remake that movie." In May 2016, Warner Bros. announced that the film would be released on May 29, 2020. In March 2017, Legendary assembled a writers room to develop the story for Godzilla vs. Kong, with Terry Rossio (who co-wrote an early unproduced script for TriStar's Godzilla) leading a team consisting of Patrick McKay, J. D. Payne, Lindsey Beer, Cat Vasko, T.S. Nowlin, Jack Paglen, and J. Michael Straczynski. On his experience with the writers room, Rossio stated:
"Godzilla vs. Kong was my first experience running a writer's room, and it was fantastic. It was a blast reading samples, meeting different writers, and crafting a story in a group setting. It felt similar to animation, where the film is happening up on the walls, and the end result is better than any one person could accomplish on their own."
In May 2017, Warner Bros. bumped the film's original release date to a week earlier, from May 29 to May 22, for a Memorial Day weekend release. That same month, Adam Wingard was announced as the director for Godzilla vs. Kong.
In July 2017, Wingard spoke about the outline created by the writers room, stating, "We're going in very great detail through all the characters, the arcs they have, how they relate to one another, and most importantly how they relate to the monsters, and how the monsters relate to them or reflect them." He also stated that he and his team are going "beat by beat" on the outline, stating, "So once again, it's a discussion, and about feeling out how to make it as strong as possible, so that when Terry [Rossio] goes to write the screenplay, he has a definitive breakdown of what to include." In August 2017, Wingard spoke about his approach for the monsters, stating:
"I really want you to take those characters seriously. I want you to be emotionally invested, not just in the human characters, but actually in the monsters. It’s a massive monster brawl movie. There’s lots of monsters going crazy on each other, but at the end of the day I want there to be an emotional drive to it. I want you to be emotionally invested in them. I think that’s what’s going to make it really cool."
Wingard expressed his desire for the film to have a definite winner, stating:
“I do want there to be a winner. The original film was very fun, but you feel a little let down that the movie doesn’t take a definitive stance. People are still debating now who won in that original movie, you know. So, I do want people to walk away from this film feeling like, Okay, there is a winner.”
In June 2017, it was announced that Ziyi Zhang had joined Legendary's Monsterverse, having a pivotal role in both Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Godzilla vs. Kong. In June 2018, Julian Dennison was cast in a supporting role alongside Van Marten, Zhang Ziyi, Millie Bobby Brown, and Kyle Chandler. Legendary also sent an offer to Frances McDormand for the lead role. In July 2018, it was revealed that Danai Gurira was in early talks to join the film. In October 2018, Brian Tyree Henry was cast in a "significant role".
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