This year marked the return of the King Kong franchise, after a 12-year absence Kong: Skull Island hit theaters earlier this year. With its retro 70s setting and a well-rounded cast that included Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly, the film pulled in over half a billion dollars worldwide on a $185 million dollar budget. SlashFilm recently spoke with Adam Wingard, the director of the next film we will see Kong in, Godzilla vs. Kong. Wingard was asked if the new film set for release in 2020 would stay with the 70’s timeline we seen in Kong: Skull Island.
No, ours is more in continuity with the sequel to Godzilla right now. They’re doing Godzilla 2 with Mike Dougherty directing, so our film is in present day. We have a couple characters from Godzilla 2 in ours, but it’ll be interesting to see how Kong has fared over the years. You see him in that film and he’s just constantly under attack. Things are going wrong and there’s probably been lots of human intervention since then. It’ll be interesting to see a more rugged, a bit more aged Kong in this film.
From Wingard’s comments I am pretty sure he isn’t just talking about Kong’s exterior being rugged, I think we may get a Kong that has come to find himself in a different sort of mind state than we haven’t seen the giant ape in before. An older and perhaps wiser Kong is an intriguing approach but will the Kong described by Wingard have any fight left in him at all? What will put these two giants at odds? Unfortunately, the current plot synopsis doesn’t offer much help in answering these questions.
This will be the second time Godzilla and Kong will share a screen and the first time in close to 60 years. While I enjoyed Kong: Skull Island, I do think it is a better idea to bring Kong back to present day. Godzilla vs Kong will mark the fourth entry into the MonsterVerse.
Who do you have in this fight? Place your bets in the comments down below!
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