No one is really sure what to expect from 2020's Godzilla vs. Kong but now that director Adam Wingard is done with the adaptation of Death Note he can get started on the production. In an interview with Screen Crush Wingard talked about re-watching all of the movies he grew up with so he could reconnect with the monsters.
Some of those Godzilla movies I haven't seen since I was a kid so revisiting them was a lot of fun. To be able to almost go back in time and re-experience what that was like – I was able to directly empathize with that feeling when I really felt like, maybe Godzilla really is going to lose in this movie. That was really important because it helped me remember, going forward on [Godzilla vs. King Kong], the kind of feelings people are going to have when they watch it.
That's what I want to do, I really want you to take those characters seriously. I want you to be emotionally invested, not just in the human characters, but actually in the monsters. If I had my way, I want people to really be teary-eyed at the end of the movie, and be that invested in to what's going on.
Wingard wants us to be invested in the monsters and in who is going to win. He goes on to say that this will be a huge monster brawl but one with emotional stakes in it.
It's a massive monster brawl movie. There's lots of monsters going crazy on each other, but at the end of the day I want there to be an emotional drive to it. I want you to be emotionally invested in them. I think that's what's going to make it really cool.
It's going to be interesting to see how this and the currently filming Godzilla: King of the Monsters comes together.
Godzilla vs. Kong, directed by Adam Wingard, will be released on May 22, 2020.