Gareth Edwards brought Godzilla back to life in the modern day (above) with an atmospheric, moody drama that saved much of its monster action for the final third of the movie. Earlier this year, we saw another legendary creature return to life in Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ Kong: Skull Island, which introduced Kong early as a monstrous threat to anyone who invaded his domain.
Godzilla and King Kong are the main components of a new “giant monsters” universe. The next installment, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, has just begun filming in Mexico City, as reported by BBC. Producer Alex Garcia says: “We scouted extensively across the world to find the perfect environment for this key scene in the film and found everything we needed here in Mexico City. Godzilla is one of the oldest film franchises in the world. It’s only fitting that he, and some of his friends, are now finally setting foot in Mexico.”
BBC notes: “Hundreds of extras have been hired to run from the monster in one of the scenes to be filmed in the city.” Local media shared news of the streets that would be closed during filming.
— El Financiero (@ElFinanciero_Mx) August 20, 2017
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is slated for release on March 22, 2019.
Back in May, we heard that Adam Wingard (above) had been hired to direct Godzilla vs. Kong. His latest effort, Death Note, will debut on Netflix on Friday, so he’s been out on the press circuit. Naturally he was asked about Godzilla vs. Kong.
Wingard told ScreenCrush: “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. … 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.”
Godzilla vs Kong is scheduled to stomp into theaters on May 22, 2020.