Adam Wingard Not Returning for ‘Godzilla x Kong’ Sequel

Director Adam Wingard will not be helming the anticipated sequel to Godzilla x Kong due to schedule constraints stemming from his commitment to another project. Wingard, who was behind Godzilla vs. Kong and Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, intends to work with A24 on the action-original Onslaught. Despite this, he remains open to possibly directing future installments in the Monsterverse.

Reasons for Wingard’s Exit

Adam Wingard decided to step down from the director’s chair for the forthcoming Godzilla x Kong sequel due to preexisting commitments. In May 2024, Wingard agreed to direct Onslaught for A24, which he co-writes with Simon Barrett, a frequent collaborator. The film is slated to commence Principal Photography later this year.

Ideas for the sequel of Godzilla x Kong were shared by Wingard during The New Empire press tour, indicating that he initially planned to return to the MonsterVerse franchise after the completion of Onslaught. However, due to the immediate progress of the next Godzilla x Kong installment spurred by The New Empire’s success, this became impractical.

In the recent past, Legendary announced Dave Callaham, known for Shang Chi and the Legend of the Rings, as the writer for the Godzilla x Kong sequel. Following this news, Wingard officially parted ways with Legendary.

Details on Upcoming Projects

Although plot details on Callaham’s film remain undisclosed, expectations are high considering the previous successes of the franchise. Wingard’s two MonsterVerse films managed to amass over $1 billion. Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, the latest in the series, surprised audiences with an $80 million opening weekend in North America, positioning it as the second-highest grosser of 2024. The star-studded cast includes Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Dan Stevens, Kaylee Hottle, Alex Ferns, and Fala Chen.

Wrapping Up

Despite the directorial change, the Godzilla x Kong sequel promises to carry forward the success of its predecessors. Furthermore, Wingard’s project Onslaught presents an exciting detour for fans of his work in the action genre. To stay updated about these developments and more, visit HitPlay regularly.

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