There are times when Hollywood likes to sit on the fence and not upset the viewership too much. But with Godzilla vs. Kong set to bring the two giants of the Monsterverse together on the big screen in 2020, director Adam Wingard is adamant that one of these greats will be victorious.
The filmmaker has been doing the press rounds this week with his Netflix adaptation Death Note available to subscribers on August 25, yet it is the clash of the titans that has the industry buzzing with anticipation. While he would not lean one way or the other, Wingard wants the fight to have serious ramifications.
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Speaking with Entertainment Weekly about the installment that is still on the horizon, he stressed that there won't be any ambiguity like there was in the original 1962 adaptation.
"I do want there to be a winner," he admitted. "The original film (1962’s King Kong vs. Godzilla) 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."
To get a taste for the franchise, Wingard visited the set of Godzilla: King of Monsters. Not having a taste for a movie of that scope before, he was relieved to discover that at the end of the day, it was just another film that experienced all of the jokes and pitfalls the others do.
"It was really cool," he recalled. "Part of me just wanted to go there and see what a $200m — or whatever it’s costing — movie liked like. And I was kind of relieved to see that, at a certain point, movies can only get so big. That’s kind of what I got from it. It was really educational, just from that perspective. (Director) Mike (Dougherty) was really nice. I’d never met him before. I walked up to him on set and he was taking pictures of one of the props or something, and he was laughing with somebody, and I was like, ‘Oh, this was really encouraging, to see that you’re smiling and looking happy!’ Because he was halfway through that production, so he could have been in horrible shape."
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Switching outlets to Comingsoon.net, Wingard argued that the character of Godzilla can adapt to whatever is required in the story. Perhaps he will be an antagonist, a protagonist or just an able sparring partner.
"Godzilla has gone through so many iterations. He’s been a bad guy, he’s been a good guy, he’s been a conflicted guy. There’s so many different things you can do with it, but it’s not drawing on one core story and its always been about the evolution of the character. They’re going in a great direction with it so far. I just went on the set of Godzilla 2 (Godzilla: King of Monsters), got to peak in on that and it looks totally awesome and the vibe that they’re going for is great."
For all the CGI action, mythology and action figures sold at stores, the director believes this world that Kong and Godzilla reside is seriously dark.
"It’s a cool tradition to jump into, but it’s also one of those things where at a certain point you have to take it very seriously. Even though these are big, wild monster movies the origin of that is really from World War II and Hiroshima. If you watch that first film it’s really a sad movie. It’s a really depressing exploration of that, so you always have to remember at the end of the day the reason you’re here is because a major catastrophe took place. There’s this underlying darkness under it all, but at the end of the day it is for kids as well. Its evolved into this whole other thing that means so many things to different people."