Two of the biggest names in popular culture, Godzilla and King Kong, are bulking up for a summer 2020 big-screen showdown, and now they have a proper referee. Warner Bros. and Legendary have given low-budget horror/thriller veteran Adam Wingard the giant task of directing the two massive kaijus in Godzilla vs. Kong. (Is Kong technically a kaiju, commenters?)
Best known for You're Next, The Guest and Blair Witch, Wingard just closed the deal to direct what will become the fourth film in the franchise that began with 2014's Godzilla and continued with this March's hit, Kong: Skull Island. We should see Godzilla: King of the Monsters (directed by Michael Dougherty, starring Kyle Chandler and Vera Farmiga) in March of 2019, followed a year and some change later by this ultimate match-up.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, there has already been a slew of writers working on the May 2020 film:
"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."
So yeah, there's a lot of talent lined up to bring these two giants together, as stars of their monstrous magnitude most definitely deserve. And of course, fans will have high expectations, as this is is one of cinema's classic contests (see below), and one that's already been teased in Kong: Skull Island.
Speaking of expectations, THR also notes that Wingard is a huge creature-feature fan, and that this project should be a "dream come true." But judging from Wingard's tweet announcement, it sounds like he's keeping his excitement well managed:
What do you think, is Wingard being too hard on himself?