According to our friends at The Hollywood Reporter, Adam Wingard, director of You’re Next, The Guest, and Blair Witch, has signed to helm the upcoming kaiju smackdown Godzilla vs. Kong. Now, and I don’t know about you guys, but I sure as hell wasn’t expecting this.
There’s been a recent trend in Hollywood to hire these tiny indie directors to helm mega-blockbuster franchises to varying degrees of success, such as Gareth Edwards for Godzilla, or (shudder) Colin Trevorrow for Jurassic World and Star Wars Episode 9.
Wingard’s hiring is a bit of a head-scratcher, however. Up until now, his work has comprised completely of low-budget mumblegore films. Now, I’ve enjoyed every single one of his films (yes, even Blair Witch), but nothing he’s done is anywhere near the scale of Godzilla vs. Kong. I just don’t know how Wingard’s skill-set carries over to a film like this.
However, like I said, Gareth Edwards was a tiny indie director before taking on Godzilla and that film turned out pretty well. Michael Dougherty is an ingenious pick for Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Maybe there’s hope for Wingard. He’s is just a question mark for me. To be honest, even without seeing King of the Monsters, I think I’d rather have Dougherty return. That dude’s got his finger on the pulse of fun genre pictures. He’s also supremely capable of delivering engaging characters, which has been sorely lacking in the MonsterVerse (Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island) thus far.
Still, we’re two films in, and the MonsterVerse has yet to make any serious missteps. That’s more than I can say for any other cinematic universe outside of the MCU. Maybe these guys know what they’re doing.
How do you guys feel about Wingard directing Godzilla vs. Kong? Take your time thinking about it, as this thing isn’t coming out until 2020. Who knows what could change by then?