Who will emerge victorious from Godzilla vs. Kong? We don’t know. But director Adam Wingard (You’re Next, The Guest) is insistent that someone — or something — will be the clear winner when his monster match-up of outsized lizard and giant ape arrives on screens, May 22, 2020.
“I do want there to be a winner,” the filmmaker told EW on Friday, during a visit to New York. “The original film (1962’s King Kong vs. Godzilla) was very fun, but you feel a little let down that the movie doesn’t take a definitive stance. People are still debating now who won in that original movie, you know. So, I do want people to walk away from this film feeling like, Okay, there is a winner.”
Wingard also spoke about his recent visit to the Atlanta set of filmmaker Michael Doughterty’s move Godzilla: King of the Monsters. “It was really cool,” said the director. “Part of me just wanted to go there and see what a $200 million — or whatever it’s costing — movie liked like. And I was kind of relieved to see that, at a certain point, movies can only get so big. That’s kind of what I got from it. It was really educational, just from that perspective. Mike was really nice. I’d never met him before. I walked up to him on set and he was taking pictures of one of the props or something, and he was laughing with somebody, and I was like, ‘Oh, this was really encouraging, to see that you’re smiling and looking happy!’ Because he was halfway through that production, so he could have been in horrible shape.”
Wingard’s new film, Death Note, is available to watch on Netflix, Aug. 25. Watch the movie’s trailer, above.