GODZILLA x KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE Director Teases Godzilla's New Look And LETHAL WEAPON-Inspired Dynamic

GODZILLA x KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE Director Teases Godzilla's New Look And LETHAL WEAPON-Inspired Dynamic GODZILLA x KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE Director Teases Godzilla's New Look And LETHAL WEAPON-Inspired Dynamic

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire director Adam Wingard has teased Godzilla's neon appearance in the upcoming sequel and shares new details about the unique dynamic between the titular Titans. Check it out!

By JoshWilding - Feb 14, 2024 05:02 AM EST
Filed Under: Godzilla vs. Kong
Source: Empire (via SFFGazette.com)

We've seen Godzilla and King Kong come to blows on screen but, this summer, they'll team up in Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire. Godzilla vs. Kong director Adam Wingard returns to direct this follow-up and reveals that, while the titular Titans are allies now, they're not exactly pals. 

"There’s a bit of a truce - Godzilla’s in control of the surface world and Kong is down in Hollow Earth," the filmmaker tells Empire Online (via SFFGazette.com). "It wasn’t, 'Okay, give me a call when something goes wrong, Kong. And I, Godzilla, will rush to the rescue!'" 

"The buddy-cop dysfunctional relationship dynamic is probably the best one to describe Godzilla and Kong," he continues, citing Lethal Weapon as an influence. "My influences are always embedded with the ‘80s, and the ‘80s were prime for [that] storyline. There’s a lot of misunderstanding [between Godzilla and Kong] - the way that the monsters communicate isn’t straightforward."

Wingard would go on to address Godzilla's new pink appearance, explaining that it's part of the iconic kaiju's evolution. Whereas Kong will go through "a personal journey," when it comes to Godzilla, "This is his version of a training routine."

"I’m really big into Shaw Brothers martial arts," he adds. "Those films are always about, ‘Here’s a big threat, and you have to do all these things to pump yourself up so that you can take on that threat.' You’re gonna see lots of different versions of Godzilla in this movie."

A new still from Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire has been released which you can check out below. A trailer for the movie is expected to be released later too so stay tuned to SFFGazette.com for that the second it drops. 

The epic battle continues!  Legendary Pictures' cinematic Monsterverse follows up the explosive showdown of 'Godzilla vs. Kong' with an all-new adventure that pits the almighty Kong and the fearsome Godzilla against a colossal undiscovered threat hidden within our world, challenging their very existence—and our own. 'Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire' delves further into the histories of these Titans and their origins, as well as the mysteries of Skull Island and beyond, while uncovering the mythic battle that helped forge these extraordinary beings and tied them to humankind forever.

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire stars returning Godzilla vs. Kong actors Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, and Kaylee Hottle alongside Dan Stevens (Legion), Alex Ferns (The Batman), and Fala Chen (Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings).

The screenplay is by Terry Rossio (Godzilla vs. Kong) and Simon Barrett (You’re Next) and Jeremy Slater (Moon Knight), from a story by Rossio & Wingard & Barrett, based on the character "Godzilla" owned and created by TOHO Co., Ltd.

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire rampages into theaters on April 12.

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ProfessorWhy - 2/14/2024, 5:48 AM
Kong is getting too old for this shit
Vigor - 2/14/2024, 6:41 AM
@ProfessorWhy - ah ha. I got that reference
BobbyDrake - 2/14/2024, 7:22 AM
@ProfessorWhy - that’s racist!!!
lazlodaytona - 2/14/2024, 5:52 AM
Are the Godzilla -1 film and this new one in the same universe?

I hope so because -1 got me majorly hyped. I'll still go see it because I've enjoyed this monster universe.
Vigor - 2/14/2024, 6:41 AM
@lazlodaytona - they're not. It's like the batman with Pattison, and batfleck.
lazlodaytona - 2/14/2024, 6:43 AM
@Vigor -
elgaz - 2/14/2024, 6:43 AM
@lazlodaytona - Nope, different universes entirely. It's produced by Godzilla's original Japanese owner Toho, and nothing to do with the Warner Bros/Legendary Godzilla & Kong films.
lazlodaytona - 2/14/2024, 6:44 AM
@elgaz - thank you for the info bud. hope ur day is great
elgaz - 2/14/2024, 6:46 AM
@lazlodaytona - It's going good so far, and off work for next 2 days so heading to a hotel for a night away and some dinner and drinks. How's your day going?
lazlodaytona - 2/14/2024, 6:51 AM
@elgaz - fell and smashed my kneecap last night so I'm currently doing great with the drugs they gave me. I feel like in 4 hours I won't even remember my own name :D
elgaz - 2/14/2024, 7:09 AM
@lazlodaytona - Ouch, kneecap injuries are no joke, get well soon
dragon316 - 2/14/2024, 8:59 AM
@lazlodaytona - feel better
lazlodaytona - 2/14/2024, 10:13 AM
@elgaz - thanx man. but, I have no problem laughing at my idiocy.
lazlodaytona - 2/14/2024, 10:17 AM
@dragon316 - I appreciate that! i do think u missed the part where I said "i feel good because of the drugs from the Dr." :D ...tho, I can tell they're starting to wear off :/
Izaizaiza - 2/14/2024, 6:59 AM
Man, I might watch this on some very hungover weekend morning, but it's hard to get excited about this after watching -1
bobevanz - 2/14/2024, 8:14 AM
Everyone see Minus Color on digital or disc! It's the best Godzilla movie ever! This movie is to sell toys.. sad
dragon316 - 2/14/2024, 9:02 AM
@bobevanz - not sure if I can like minus one black and white new movies in black and white doesn’t have magic compared to original black white maybe I already saw it in color I know some shots will be hard see in black and white maybe
campblood - 2/14/2024, 8:18 AM
I don’t care what people say, I want the schlock, a buddy cop dynamic sounds great, this is a Godzilla film for people like me who grew up with the ones made in the 80-90s where the quality dipped , I want Godzilla fighting with jet jaguar and sh!t
AnthonyVonGeek - 2/14/2024, 8:47 AM
New look? I posted this on Facebook days ago. 🤷‍♂️🤣
Radders - 2/14/2024, 8:54 AM
Big monsters fighting each other, it'll be what you expect
HashTagSwagg - 2/14/2024, 8:54 AM
I'm am sick to death of seeing CG monsters constantly roaring every 10 seconds, there's more performance you can derive from these things other than the same 4 emotes.
dragon316 - 2/14/2024, 9:03 AM
@HashTagSwagg - that’s true Godzilla final war show Godzilla fire in his eye that was good shot
PC04 - 2/14/2024, 9:02 AM
So are we also getting Joe Pesci in this as well?
dragon316 - 2/14/2024, 9:04 AM
As Godzilla fan will look forward to see this Japan has had bad Godzilla movies especially bad Godzilla moments flying, dancing drop kick
DemonTweeks - 2/14/2024, 10:54 AM
Pacific Rim 2 incoming. will look great on screen. just will be a crap movie filled with every cliché you can think of
PatchesOhulihan - 2/14/2024, 2:53 PM
Lots of math in these Godzilla movie titles: Godzilla Minus 1, Godzilla x Kong...whats next? (Godzilla+Mothra)/Kong?

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