'Godzilla vs. Kong' Nabs Director of 'You're Next' and 'Blair Witch'

'Godzilla vs. Kong' Nabs Director of 'You're Next' and 'Blair Witch'

May 31, 2017

Godzilla (2014) / Kong: Skull Island

When Gareth Edwards was hired to direct a new version of Godzilla, he had only one indie movie under his belt as a director. Sure, it was titled Monsters and it revolved around alien creatures of monstrous size, but it was far more ethereal and thoughtful than might be expected. 

Likewise, the rebooted Godzilla (2014) was less about the titular giant monster and more an examination of the dangerous world that gave birth to him. It too was filled with haunting scenes that teased the potential horrors that awaited mankind.

Small wonder that Edwards was then tapped to direct the gritty Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Meanwhile, Legendary Entertainment began a new partnership with Warner Bros. that resulted in the release of Kong: Skull Island earlier this year. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, a TV veteran with only one feature film to his credit (the spirited indie drama The Kings of Summer), the movie earned more than $565 million worldwide at the box office.

To helm the next installment in the series, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Michael Dougherty was brought on board, first as cowriter and then as director. He's known primarily for his delightful indie horror movies Trick 'r Treat and Krampus.

Continuing that trend, another indie director has been hired to helm Godzilla vs. Kong, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Adam Wingard is more experienced as a filmmaker, with a stack of shorts and features to his credit, mostly in the horror field, such as last year's Blair Witch and the excellent home-invasion thriller You're Next. But he also made the expertly suspenseful The Guest as well as the upcoming mystery thriller Death Note, which will debut on Netflix on August 26. 

In March, a writers' room led by Terry Rossio, who worked on the 1998 version of Godzilla, was convened to develop the story, though no details have emerged about the plot or, indeed, even which writer(s) have been tapped to write the screenplay. Godzilla vs. Kong is scheduled to open in theaters on May 22, 2020.

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