GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE Follow-Up Finds Its Director

GODZILLA X KONG: THE NEW EMPIRE Follow-Up Finds Its Director

We recently learned that Adam Wingard will not return to helm the next movie in Legendary's MonsterVerse, but the Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire follow-up as now found a new director...

By MarkCassidy - Jun 07, 2024 08:06 AM EST
Filed Under: Godzilla vs. Kong
Source: THR

We recently got confirmation that a follow-up to Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire is officially in the works, with writer Dave Callaham enlisted to pen the script for the untitled movie.

There was no mention of a potential director at the time, but we'd later learn that Adam Wingard, who helmed The New Empire and previous MonsterVerse movie Godzilla vs. Kong, would no longer direct the project after initially being attached to return. His departure was described as "amicable and stemming from timing issues," with the door remaining "open for a future return."

Now, THR (via SFFGazette.com) the next instalment in the popular franchise has enlisted a new director, with Grant Sputore set to take the helm.

Sputore doesn't have much experience, having come from the world of commercials, but he does have one feature under his belt: The 2019 sci-fi movie I Am Mother starring Hilary Swank.

Callaham has previously worked on several major studio projects, including the 2021 Mortal Kombat reboot, Wonder Woman 1984, Marvel Studios' Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and Sony Pictures' Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse. He also has some prior experience with Big G, having written the early drafts and received story by credit on 2014’s Godzilla.

Plot details for this next monster mash are still under wraps, but it's described as "a continuation of the franchise centering Godzilla, Kong and an assortment of other Titans."

Godzilla x Kong wasn't a big hit with critics (54% on Rotten Tomatoes), but it did pretty well at the box office, taking in close to $555 million worldwide.

No word on when production is expected to get underway.

Rebecca Hall (Dr. Ilene Andrews), Brian Tyree Henry (Bernie Hayes) and Kaylee Hottle (Jia) reprise their roles from the previous movie, but Millie Bobby Brown and Alexander Skarsgård did not return. Legion alum Dan Stevens took over as the male lead. Fala Chen, Alex Ferns and Rachel House also feature in supporting roles.

Wingard collaborated once more with production designer Tom Hammock, editor Josh Schaeffer, and composer Tom Holkenborg. Terry Rossio was back on script duties, along with Jeremy Slater and Wingard's frequent collaborator Simon Barrett.

"This latest entry follows up the explosive showdown of Godzilla vs. Kong with an all-new cinematic adventure, pitting the almighty Kong and the fearsome Godzilla against a colossal undiscovered threat hidden within our world, challenging their very existence – and our own. The epic new film will delve further into the histories of these Titans, their origins and the mysteries of Skull Island and beyond, while uncovering the mythic battle that helped forge these extraordinary beings and tied them to humankind forever.

The story sees the legendary Titans Godzilla and Kong team up to face a world-ending threat so terrifying that neither could survive alone."

Did you enjoy Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire? What would you like to see from a sequel? Drop us a comment down below.

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WhatIfRickJames - 6/7/2024, 8:20 AM
Doesn't he also do weather reports inside of a hurricane?
Vigor - 6/7/2024, 8:33 AM
xfan320 - 6/7/2024, 8:46 AM
I think a lesser known director is a good idea if you can't get someone more iconic to put their spin on it.

You'd think one of the older, Big Hollywood filmmakers would have a nostalgia/childhood adoration for old Kaiju films amd would want to come on board. (Maybe like a Sam Raimi, GDT, or Steven Spielberg type) Especially after Godzilla Minus One got the Oscar win.
SATW42 - 6/7/2024, 9:55 AM
@xfan320 - "Especially after Godzilla Minus One got the Oscar win." it got the Oscar win for special effects, that's not exactly director bait.
TheVisionary25 - 6/7/2024, 8:53 AM
Not familiar with his work but congrats and hope it runs out well for him!!.

He’s mainly done commercials but has also done a short and a few episodes of a show called “Castaways” back in his native country of Australia

His first & only feature thus far got good reviews though so I might check that out to see how he is.


Anyway , I thought both Godzilla & Kong films were ok but I will miss Adam Wingard since he seemed genuinely passionate about the franchise…

Hope he’s able to return in the future when he doesn’t have multiple projects on his table.
Slotherin - 6/7/2024, 9:23 AM
@TheVisionary25 - I'd be fine if they hold off on Destroyah so they can let him take the reigns on that if he'd be willing.
JustAWaffle - 6/7/2024, 9:45 AM
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Slotherin - 6/7/2024, 9:22 AM
The fact that he helped work on the first one is a good start.
A lot of people have been stating a desire to have something that feels a bit more like that.
TheVisionary25 - 6/7/2024, 9:37 AM
@Slotherin - the tone will likely be down to the director but I could see him atleast giving Godzilla more focus since he’s been sidelined to an extent in these crossovers.
Slotherin - 6/7/2024, 6:43 PM
@TheVisionary25 - true.
Though I'm not sure about if he'd give Godzilla more focus or not based on 2014.
When Godzilla was on screen he took it up but the movie did keep his appearances seldom.
EZBeast - 6/7/2024, 9:24 AM
I really enjoyed I am mother, it had good special effects, good acting, and a very enticing story! I do feel the ending was a little underwhelming but not enough to take away from the film too much. Honestly I'm very optimistic for this guy to direct!
bobevanz - 6/7/2024, 9:24 AM
Hahahahahaha good grief
Forthas - 6/7/2024, 9:35 AM
This is very dissapointing. The lack of experience worries me. I am a big fan of Legendary Films and this choice is uninspired. There are other people with experience better suited for a film in the Godzilla and Kong universe. I would offer J. A. Bayona as a better option.
JustAWaffle - 6/7/2024, 9:46 AM
Pump that Big Dumb Fun into my veins!
Godzilla2000Zer - 6/7/2024, 9:46 AM
I'm optimistic about this
SATW42 - 6/7/2024, 10:11 AM
Side note, finally got to see Minus one. While it has a more serious tone, and when Godzilla first strikes land and the music hits is amazing, it still has pacing issues and for everyone who says the characters are more likeable than the Legendary ones, I couldn't disagree more.

Are we really pretending like the characters aren't basically anime archetypes, and incredibly one note ones at that? I know time is supposed to have passed but as an example, the neighbor is laughably written.

I loved the movie by the way, I just find all the "this is cinema" talk laughable. Yeah the Legendary ones have gone into camp at this point, but this isn't perfect.

I don't want to get into spoilers, but I'll just say there's also a whole hell of a lot of plot armor going on in this thing. To a frustrating degree at the end.
FinnishDude - 6/7/2024, 1:02 PM
@SATW42 - I take "anime archetypes" over the pieces of cardboard from the Monsterverse.
SATW42 - 6/7/2024, 1:10 PM
@FinnishDude - to each their own. I just didn't find any of them overly interesting. Snarky boat captain, kid, doctor who also plans the entire mission to take down Zilla. Angry neighbor who lost her family who says she'll never forgive him only to immediately forgive him.

It's paper freakin thin man. And I loved it, but the way everyone talked about it, I thought it was going to be on another level, and it just wasn't.
TheVisionary25 - 6/7/2024, 10:41 AM
I hope we get Dan Stevens back in this…

One of the few human characters that I actually like in these films.

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DocSpock - 6/7/2024, 11:16 AM

Giant ridiculous monsters fighting and destroying.

You had me at hello.

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