Horror fans were elated when it was announced in 2016 that Michael Dougherty and his consummate collaborator Zach Shields were penning a script for Godzilla: King of Monsters, with Dougherty performing double duty as the director. As the director of Trick ‘r Treat, Dougherty is a lauded as a Master of 21st Century Horror, meaning we can expect him to bring his signature creepiness into the MUTO mix. We’ve just gotten word that a director has been chosen for the follow-up to King of Monsters, and he too has a horror-rich pedigree.
Adam Wingard, who made a name for himself with low-budget horror thrillers such as You’re Next and The Guest, is going big for his next movie. Monstrously big. The director has closed a deal to helm Godzilla vs. Kong, Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros.’ teaming of two of the big screen’s most popular movie monsters.
In March, Legendary set a writers room to work on the script for Godzilla vs. Kong, with Terry Rossio, the veteran scribe best known for co-writing the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, as its head. Other writers scribbling included the team of Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne (Star Trek Beyond), Lindsey Beer, Cat Vasko, Maze Runner movies writer T.S. Nowlin, Jack Paglen (Transcendence) and Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski.
What we don’t have at this time is a plot summary; we also don’t know if Wingard’s inclusion means he’ll be bringing along his You’re Next/The Guest/Blair Witch collaborator, writer Simon Barrett. (Not sure they’ll have room for him with 8 other scribes already on board!) Wingard also recently wrapped an American remake of Death Note, set to air on Netflix sometime in 2017.
We’ll keep you posted on all Godzilla/Kong news as additional details emerge, so stay tuned! In the meantime, check out the trailer and synopsis for Kong: Skull Island, set to be released on Blu-ray and DVD on July 18th.
Official Synopsis: Scientists, soldiers and adventurers unite to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean. Cut off from everything they know, they venture into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature. As their mission of discovery soon becomes one of survival, they must fight to escape from a primal world where humanity does not belong.