Godzilla x Kong Sequel Gets New Director, Replacing Adam Wingard

A sequel to Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire has been greenlit following its success at the worldwide box office. After two profitable entries featuring MonsterVerse’s leading titans, director Adam Wingard is not returning for a third film, and Legendary has already named his replacement.

I Am Mother Director to Helm the Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire Sequel

The Godzilla x Kong sequel is progressing quickly with a new director. A24 enlisted Adam Wingard in May 2024 to direct the upcoming action movie, Onslaught, rendering him unavailable for another MonsterVerse project. Consequently, his exit paved the way for another experienced sci-fi director.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Grant Sputore will direct the Godzilla x Kong sequel. Sputore is recognized for his sci-fi thriller, I Am Mother, which debuted at Sundance and streamed on Netflix in 2019.

Grant Sputore will direct The New Empire sequel based on a script by Dave Callaham, known for his work on Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

THR describes the film following The New Empire as “a continuation of the franchise centering Godzilla, Kong, and an assortment of other Titans.” It will bring back Godzilla as the King of Monsters and Kong as the new King of Hollow Earth. Whether any cast members will return remains undetermined.

Both Godzilla vs. Kong and Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire released during challenging times. Godzilla vs. Kong came out post-pandemic, earning $470 million despite a simultaneous release on HBO Max. The New Empire, with the lowest budget for a MonsterVerse film at around $135 million, grossed $567.6 million in 2024, nearly surpassing Kong: Skull Island’s $568.6 million.

Wrapping Up

The MonsterVerse continues to evolve with a new director at the helm for the Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire sequel. For more updates, visit HitPlay.

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