Hardcore director

Adam Wingard continues to pile up potential projects.

The Godzilla vs. Kong filmmaker has just been hired to direct Hardcore, a movie adaptation of a comic created by The Walking Dead‘s Robert Kirkman and Marc Silvestri (Uncanny X-Men, Wolverine). If you’ve never read the comic, just think about the premise of Brandon Cronenberg’s Possessor, and it’s basically the same thing. Get the details below. Read More »

Godzilla vs Kong Posters

It sounds like the MonsterVerse will go on.

Adam Wingard, who directed Legendary’s blockbuster hit Godzilla vs. Kong, is reportedly in early talks to return to direct a sequel that will continue the franchise and potentially be called Son of Kong. Read More »

godzilla vs kong deleted scenes

Godzilla vs. Kong clocks in at a blissfully brief 113 minutes – but it’s pretty clear the movie could’ve been longer. For one thing, previously announced cast members like Zhang Ziyi and Jessica Henwick don’t even appear in the film. And then there’s Lance Reddick, a familiar face who only shows up briefly and delivers one quick line, and is then never spoken of again. Now, director Adam Wingard is shedding some light on some Godzilla vs. Kong deleted scenes that explain what happened here.

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Dick Tracy

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, a new video essay from Patrick (H) Willems takes a look back at Dick Tracy, a movie that won three Oscars but was so expensive that it forced Disney to re-evaluate their business model. Plus, listen as director Adam Wingard breaks down the first monster battle from Godzilla vs. Kong. And finally, hear how Bad Trip star Eric Andre answers the web’s most searched questions about him. Read More »

Godzilla vs. Kong post-credits scene

Once upon a time, post-credits scenes were a novelty. And then Marvel turned them into a mainstay, and soon, producers started to think that every major blockbuster should have a post-credits scene. Legendary’s MonsterVerse series has been trying to follow in Marvel’s footsteps with their own shared cinematic universe, and sure enough, most of the films have had post-credits scenes. But there isn’t one for Godzilla vs. Kong. And even though we, as a society of moviegoers, should be okay with that, some folks can’t let it go and have to immediately ask: “Why is there no Godzilla vs. Kong post-credits scene?” Well, as it turns out, there almost was.

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Godzilla vs Kong rule

When director Adam Wingard was given the keys to Godzilla vs. Kong, he wasn’t just dealing with the folks at Legendary Pictures – he also had to interact with the team at Toho Studios, which owns the rights to the Godzilla character. And according to the director, Toho had a very specific restriction in place for what Godzilla could and could not do. But Wingard, that crafty devil, managed to convince them to break their own rule. Read More »

Thundercats movie

Holy Snarf, a Thundercats movie is finally happening – and the project has found its director.

Adam Wingard, the director of You’re Next, The Guest, and this week’s gigantic MonsterVerse movie Godzilla vs. Kong, has been tapped to direct a Thundercats film for Warner Bros. based on the popular 1980s animated television series. And it sounds like Wingard is a massive fan, because in a new interview, he makes this bold claim: “Nobody on this planet knows or has thought as much about Thundercats as I have.” Read More »

Adam Wingard interview

While beating each other to a pulp, Godzilla and King Kong – two titans who find themselves at odds with each other in the new Legendary/Warner Bros. MonsterVerse movie Godzilla vs. Kong – roar directly in each other’s faces. It’s a moment that makes director Adam Wingard (You’re Next, The Guest, Blair Witch) “teary-eyed,” though he acknowledges it’s an odd moment in the film to get emotional. Still, “every time I watch it, I’m like, ‘This is what it’s all about,'” he told us in a recent interview. “All the work, the three years that I put into this thing. All the heartache and the worry, it’s all worth it for this one moment right here, because this is what everybody’s paying to see.”

Read our full interview with Wingard below, which discusses the unique way he got the directing job on this monster-sized film, the visually distinctive neon city fight sequence, the challenges of post-production, and the element of the film he’s the most proud of.
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godzilla vs kong review

What do we want from the MonsterVerse, Warner Bros. and Legendary’s attempt to Marvel-ize the world of Godzilla, King Kong, and several other big beasties? The answer seems to be: big, loud, entertaining mayhem, and here comes Godzilla vs. Kong to hopefully deliver on that. Time and time again, when one of these movies comes out, they’re pilloried for their lackluster human characters. These criticisms are inevitably met with a defensive “Who cares?! I watch these movies for the monsters, not the people!”

This is a weak defense because ultimately, these movies are more about humans than they are monsters. It’s clear that the folks making these movies want the audience to care about the human characters. When 2014’s Godzilla arrived, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws was cited as an inspiration by several people close to the production. But no one ever says, “I only watch Jaws for the shark!” It’s the human moments – Brody, Hooper, and Quint sharing drunken scar stories; etc. – that makes Jaws so special. If your monster movie is going to be primarily focused on humans with occasional bursts of monster action, you better make sure those humans are at least slightly interesting and relatable.

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King Kong sequel

After his Oscar-winning success with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, director Peter Jackson rolled right into one of his long-time passion projects: directing a remake of King Kong. That 2005 film made more than $562 million worldwide, which ultimately wasn’t quite enough to justify a sequel. But before the notion of a sequel was scrapped, one was actually in development, and Jackson had his eye on a director for the project: Adam Wingard, who eventually went on to direct the Eighth Wonder of the World in this month’s Godzilla vs. Kong. Read More »