The Guest director Adam Wingard is a busy man. His new project Death Note is slated to debut on Netlix on August 25 (that’s in two days, folks) and in a recent interview, Wingard revealed the upcoming adaptation of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata's Japanese manga prepared him for his next monster project: Godzilla vs. Kong.
The movie that will pit two of cinema’s biggest icons, King Kong and Gojira, is slated for a May 22, 2020 release. Instead of picking up where this year’s Kong: Skull Island left off (the movie was set in the 1970s), Wingard’s monster film will be a continuation of the events of modern-day-set Godzilla sequel to be directed by Michael Dougherty (Krampus) and set to be released a year earlier (March 22, 2019).
In a new interview with /Film, Wingard responded to a question as to whether Godzilla vs. Kong was a direct follow-up to Skull Island where he revealed his movie will feature an older (and maybe even wiser?) King of the Apes:
“No, ours is more in continuity with the sequel to Godzilla right now. They’re doing Godzilla 2 with Mike Dougherty directing, so our film is in present day. We have a couple characters from Godzilla 2 in ours, but it’ll be interesting to see how Kong has fared over the years. You see him in that film and he’s just constantly under attack. Things are going wrong and there’s probably been lots of human intervention since then. It’ll be interesting to see a more rugged, a bit more aged Kong in this film.”
So, no chance of seeing any of the characters introduced in Skull Island? As to the ones from Godzilla 2 crossing over to Godzilla vs. Kong, your guess is as good as mine, but I have an inkling we might see a few more of Toho’s classic monsters (set to appear in the Godzilla sequel, which has now begun filming), Rodan, Mothra or King Ghidorah.