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Old 04-27-21, 08:06 PM
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Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024, D: Wingard)

It wasn’t the most encouraging start.

Just as Legendary’s Godzilla vs. Kong was beginning postproduction in 2019, the company’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters opened — and underperformed. The movie, which cost $170 million to make, grossed only $386 million and earned middling reviews (42 percent on Rotten Tomatoes).

Given King of the Monsters’ less-than-stellar results, Legendary insiders had viewed Godzilla vs. Kong as perhaps the end of the current version of the franchise, even as executives believed they had saved the best for last. But then Godzilla vs. Kong opened.

The movie, which bowed stateside March 31 to $31.6 million, has crossed $400 million globally. It is the top-grossing Hollywood-produced movie released since the pandemic upended the movie business. And it has yet to open in multiple larger markets, among them the U.K., Brazil and Japan. It also marks the second-best performance in the four-movie MonsterVerse franchise, trailing only Kong: Skull Island’s 2017 tally of $566 million.

Now, instead of winding down the franchise, Godzilla vs. Kong may ramp it up. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Legendary is quietly taking steps to stretch the series into one or more installments, entering early talks with Godzilla vs. Kong director Adam Wingard to return for another round of monster-on-monster mayhem. If a deal closes, Wingard would be the first helmer to return to the monster fold since Godzilla kicked off the Legendary partnership with Japan’s Toho in 2014 with $524 million in global receipts.

As of now, there’s no timetable for the project as Wingard has become popular among studios. Warner Bros., for example, chased and landed the director for a live-action feature based on the Saturday morning cartoon Thundercats. And a Face/Off sequel at Paramount also beckons. And there is no known writer attached to the new MonsterVerse installment, either.

However, Wingard (CAA, Grandview, Morris Yorn) is said to have been very involved in creating Godzilla vs. Kong set-pieces as well as the world-building for the movie’s Hollow Earth plotline, and he and Legendary have been cooking up plenty of ideas already. In fact, one possible title being floated internally? Son of Kong.
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Re: MonsterVerse sequel (D: Wingard) - possibly Son of Kong

Iím always happy for more giant monster movies but I think they need to realize that part of what made G vs K so big was the absolute dearth of new movies in the past year. It was just something to new to watch for many folks.
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Re: MonsterVerse sequel (D: Wingard) - possibly Son of Kong

One thing I would like to see, and I don't know if this would be legally possible, would be to make another Godzilla movie using updated monsters from the the 1978 cartoon. There were some interesting designs and concepts there... the Earth Eater, Stone Guardians, Megavolt Monsters, Seaweed Monster. The '78 cartoon also tied into concepts like Atlantis, and Greek and Egyptian mythology, which the Monsterverse films do as well.
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Re: MonsterVerse sequel (D: Wingard) - possibly Son of Kong

Originally Posted by milo bloom
Iím always happy for more giant monster movies but I think they need to realize that part of what made G vs K so big was the absolute dearth of new movies in the past year. It was just something to new to watch for many folks.
Absolutely, but they also noticed that GvK was the one to break through. So spectacle still has a place at the table.
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Re: MonsterVerse sequel (D: Wingard) - possibly Son of Kong

darn, I was thinking Monsters Inc.
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Re: MonsterVerse sequel (D: Wingard) - possibly Son of Kong

Originally Posted by Josh-da-man
One thing I would like to see, and I don't know if this would be legally possible, would be to make another Godzilla movie using updated monsters from the the 1978 cartoon. There were some interesting designs and concepts there... the Earth Eater, Stone Guardians, Megavolt Monsters, Seaweed Monster. The '78 cartoon also tied into concepts like Atlantis, and Greek and Egyptian mythology, which the Monsterverse films do as well.
Ooh, that would be fun. Not sure how the rights would work out, but I would think Toho would automatically have the rights since they were the original IP holder.
As for me, I'd love to see the 1998 Zilla character given another chance (aside from her cameo in Final Wars).


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Absolutely, but they also noticed that GvK was the one to break through. So spectacle still has a place at the table.
For sure, but I feel King of the Monsters had that also and didn't seem to land as well (I still loved it).
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Re: MonsterVerse sequel (D: Wingard) - possibly Son of Kong

I kind of want Godzilla vs. Destroyer, ending with the death of Godzilla and then I think I'm good.
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Re: MonsterVerse sequel (D: Wingard) - possibly Son of Kong

Way to back a loser... give me Son of Godzilla instead.


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Re: MonsterVerse sequel (D: Wingard) - possibly Son of Kong

Shooting in Australia later this year. This is news from an Australian government agency and it's not clear if Adam Wingard is involved or not according to the article.

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Re: MonsterVerse sequel (D: Wingard) - possibly Son of Kong

Wonder what this will be about.
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Originally Posted by CyberpunkCentra
Wonder what this will be about.
Gonna go off on a limb here and say it's about two giant monsters that fight.
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Originally Posted by Wolf359
Gonna go off on a limb here and say it's about two giant monsters that fight.
Hopefully, one of the kaijus goes by the name of Mr. McMonster and fires other kajijus with his breath.
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I loved and hated GvK, but I'm always down for more
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Re: MonsterVerse sequel (D: Wingard) - possibly Son of Kong

GvK seemed to embrace the silly side of the Godzilla franchise a bit more, so I try not to be too logical with it. Especially the scene where Godzilla smiles.
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Originally Posted by CyberpunkCentra
GvK seemed to embrace the silly side of the Godzilla franchise a bit more, so I try not to be too logical with it. Especially the scene where Godzilla smiles.
It's one of those "the more you think about it, the worse it gets" movies, but it's also a "turn your ****ing brain off" movies too.


I understand that's saying the same thing, but it makes sense in my brain lol

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Re: MonsterVerse sequel (D: Wingard) - possibly Son of Kong

Whatever. Just hook it directly to my veins.
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Re: MonsterVerse sequel (D: Wingard) - possibly Son of Kong

Just give me a Pacific Rim crossover with characters from the first PR film.
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Re: MonsterVerse sequel (D: Wingard) - possibly Son of Kong

Who really cares about the Godzilla and King Kong action, I just hope that the obligatory storyline of the precocious boy/girl making amends with his or her workaholic/absent mother/father gets resolved in a satisfying manner. Isnít that really what weíre all hoping for with these movies?

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It is the human interaction that counts...
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Originally Posted by GoldenJCJ
Who really cares about the Godzilla and King Kong action, I just hope that the obligatory storyline of the precocious boy/girl making amends with his or her workaholic/absent mother/father gets resolved in a satisfying manner. Isnít that really what weíre all hoping for with these movies?
I'm hoping we find out Godzilla's mom is still alive, but a workaholic/absent and that gets resolved in a satisfying manner. And it's the human characters who brawl and wreck shit
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Re: MonsterVerse sequel (D: Wingard) - possibly Son of Kong

Hopefully, we get a Monsterverse multiverse movie that gives us the original Godzilla, 1998 Godzilla and 1931, 1976, and 2005 Kongs all fighting each other. Throw in the Cloverfield monster too.
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Re: MonsterVerse sequel (D: Wingard) - possibly Son of Kong

Originally Posted by Wolf359
Gonna go off on a limb here and say it's about two giant monsters that fight who are married.
Fixed
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Originally Posted by windom
Hopefully, we get a Monsterverse multiverse movie that gives us the original Godzilla, 1998 Godzilla and 1931, 1976, and 2005 Kongs all fighting each other. Throw in the Cloverfield monster too.

I would legitimately love to see the 1998 Godzilla get another chance to shine in a movie.

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After King of the Monsters, there was a big part of the G fandom that caught on to the chemistry between Godzilla & Mothra and made all kinds of shipping art about them.
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Hope this is good and more like Godzilla: KOTM, GvK held up terrible over time. Not to mention Mechagodzilla was wasted.

Not sure about the whole Son Of Kong thing.....would rather have it be Kong discovering that the Iwis survived and are living in the Hollow Earth protected by the Monsterverse version of the Franenstein kaiju.
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Re: MonsterVerse sequel (D: Wingard) - possibly Son of Kong

EXCLUSIVE: Marking the first major role to be cast in the upcoming sequel, Dan Stevens is set to lead the next installment of Legendary’s Monsterverse film franchise, a follow-up to last year’s Godzilla vs. Kong. Adam Wingard, who helmed the first film, is returning to direct, with production is slated to begin this summer in Australia.

Per usual, plot details are being kept under wraps, other than following the film’s larger-than-life monsters and then preparing for their next battle against each other. Godzilla vs. Kong helped get audiences back in theaters as it became the second film of the Covid era to cross the $100 million mark at the domestic box office en route to $468 million globally. The number is impressive as it also bowed day-and-date on HBO Max.

As for Stevens, while 2017’s live-action Beauty and the Beast was his first major tentpole lead, the veteran actor has been particular in the film roles he has taken, not jumping into major sequels in the past, but the opportunity to reteam with Wingard was too hard to pass up. The two worked together on the action horror thriller The Guest, the Sundance pic that surprised audiences as it gave them a badass performance from Stevens that viewers weren’t used to and critics and fans went crazy for. The film earned both Stevens and Wingard some of the best reviews of their careers, while also having major studios taking notice of the potential of both Stevens and Wingard in their future film slates.
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