Adam Wingard Will Direct ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’

The director of 'You're Next' will bring the biggest movie monsters together for the first time in over half a century.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

In the words of Ken Watanabe… Let them fight.

The long-awaited rematch between cinema’s greatest giant monsters, Godzilla and King Kong, has finally found a ringleader. Adam Wingard, the director of the acclaimed independent horror thrillers You’re Next and The Guest, will direct the monster mash-up Godzilla vs. Kong for Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros (via THR).

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Godzilla vs. Kong will be the fourth film in the so-called MonsterVerse, which began with 2014’s Godzilla reboot, continued earlier this year with Kong: Skull Island, and which will expand to include even more godlike kaiju in Godzilla: King of the Monsters in 2019. The studios have thus far tapped independent filmmakers to add their distinct flavor to each MonsterVerse production, instead of relying on familiar blockbuster directors.

Godzilla and King Kong previously fought each other before, in King Kong vs. Godzilla. The Japanese production, directed by Ishirō Honda, who also helmed the original Godzilla. That particular brawl ended in a decisive victory for King Kong, but we suspect that Godzilla won’t make it quite so easy for the giant ape next time.

Godzilla vs. King will duke it out on May 22, 2020. Adam Wingard’s next feature, an adaptation of the manga series Death Note, premieres on August 25, 2017.

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