The old school giant monster movies have seen a resurgence of late with Godzilla, Shin Godzilla, and Kong: Skull Island seeing success at the box office and critical praise. But will that carry through to the inevitable face-off between lizard and ape?
"I do want there to be a winner," Wingard said to EW. "The original film (1962's King Kong vs. Godzilla) was very fun, but you feel a little let down that the movie doesn't take a definitive stance. People are still debating now who won in that original movie, you know. So, I do want people to walk away from this film feeling like, Okay, there is a winner."
In that movie, Kong and Godzilla fell into the ocean together and finish their battle. Only Kong reemerges, but the Japan Self Defense Force believes that Godzilla could have survived the battle.
Don't expect something similar in the next movie, as Wingard will deliver a definitive winner in the battle between the most iconic giant monsters in film history.
Now Wingard is preparing for his film by visiting the set of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which will be directed by Michael Doughterty.
"It was really cool. Part of me just wanted to go there and see what a $200 million — or whatever it's costing — movie liked like," Wingard said. "And I was kind of relieved to see that, at a certain point, movies can only get so big. That's kind of what I got from it. It was really educational, just from that perspective. Mike was really nice. I'd never met him before. I walked up to him on set and he was taking pictures of one of the props or something, and he was laughing with somebody, and I was like, 'Oh, this was really encouraging, to see that you're smiling and looking happy!' Because he was halfway through that production, so he could have been in horrible shape."
It sounds like the Godzilla sequel is shaping up nicely, and Wingard is excited to chart the collision course between the King of the Monsters and King of Skull Island.
Godzilla vs. Kong is scheduled to hit theaters May 29, 2020.