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Adam Wingard to direct King Kong vs Godzilla 2

Postby Mac » Tue May 30, 2017 8:25 pm

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-v ... rd-1008773

POSITIVES: He's an OK director. Inventive narrative-wise.

NEGATIVES: Operates on low-budgets. Could easily get BLOWN OUT on a studio level. Movies are very brown and digital.

Honestly, not the worst pick.
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Re: Adam Wingard to direct King Kong vs Godzilla 2

Postby Mac » Tue May 30, 2017 8:46 pm

His twitter timeline is pretty interesting because you can basically assume he just saw his first Godzilla film like a month ago.

FWIW, Fukuda-lovers won't be happy...
https://twitter.com/AdamWingard/status/ ... 6218638336
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Re: Adam Wingard to direct King Kong vs Godzilla 2

Postby Gwangi » Tue May 30, 2017 9:10 pm

This director is very unfamiliar to me, so I can't judge on what I haven't seen. But this is another case of Legendary playing moneyball, where instead of getting some well known, and high-priced guy, they go with a filmmaker who is not as expensive, but feel he is the right person to direct this type of feature. I think it worked with Jordan Vogt-Roberts, and heck I even think it worked with Gareth Edwards, though obviously, that pick is a little more polarizing after the end result.
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Re: Adam Wingard to direct King Kong vs Godzilla 2

Postby Benjamin Haines » Tue May 30, 2017 9:26 pm

Very interesting choice. Not to typecast the guy but might Legendary and Warner Bros. be going for a more horror-esque approach to Godzilla vs. Kong?

You're Next and Blair Witch are both awesome horror movies. I haven't seen The Guest yet but I'm definitely a fan of what I've seen from Adam Wingard so far. With him in the director's chair and Terry Rossio in charge of the writers room, I'm looking forward to what comes of this in three years time.
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Re: Adam Wingard to direct King Kong vs Godzilla 2

Postby lhb412 » Tue May 30, 2017 9:42 pm

Haven't seen any of his films, but have heard great things about The Guest and You're Next.

Anyone obsessed with Hedorah is all right by me!
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Re: Adam Wingard to direct King Kong vs Godzilla 2

Postby DannyBeane » Tue May 30, 2017 10:19 pm

You're next is an interesting twist on the horror movie genre that I definitely recommend to most people. I don't know how I feel about him directing kk vs G though.
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Re: Adam Wingard to direct King Kong vs Godzilla 2

Postby Jorzilla » Tue May 30, 2017 11:19 pm

You have to make sure to get a no name director for these types of films. You don't want someone going rogue and making something against the will of the studio which don't do as well in China.

Bravo Legendary!
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Re: Adam Wingard to direct King Kong vs Godzilla 2

Postby Benjamin Haines » Wed May 31, 2017 2:15 am

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I just realized that Wingard's next movie is the American adaptation of Death Note which will premiere on Netflix this August. I wonder if he's seen GMK and/or knows that his Japanese Death Note counterpart also directed a Godzilla movie.
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Re: Adam Wingard to direct King Kong vs Godzilla 2

Postby Henry88 » Wed May 31, 2017 10:45 am

he will do just fine ;D , fanboys can be to uptight at times .
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Re: Adam Wingard to direct King Kong vs Godzilla 2

Postby GFan » Wed May 31, 2017 12:06 pm

Hopefully this guy can do Godzilla & Kong justice. I want my Kong-Goji vs. King Ghidorah fight, dammit! :wink:

lhb412 wrote:Anyone obsessed with Hedorah is all right by me!


Agreed!
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Re: Adam Wingard to direct King Kong vs Godzilla 2

Postby klen7 » Wed May 31, 2017 6:18 pm

I thought both You're Next and The Guest were good and offered a unique take on established genres. He's a director i wouldn't mind seeing a giant monster movie from. I like this choice over Doughtery on G'14pt2. I'm game
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Re: Adam Wingard to direct King Kong vs Godzilla 2

Postby lhb412 » Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:03 pm

Mac wrote:His twitter timeline is pretty interesting because you can basically assume he just saw his first Godzilla film like a month ago.

FWIW, Fukuda-lovers won't be happy...
https://twitter.com/AdamWingard/status/ ... 6218638336


Seems like he was just reacquainting himself with a series rewatch, 'cause he's dropping serious fan-bombs on his twitter:

https://twitter.com/AdamWingard

My Godzilla top 5

1.Godzilla (Japanese)
2.Godzilla Vs. Hedorah
3.Godzilla vs Monster Zero
4.Destroy All Monsters
5.Godzilla Vs Destroyah


Btw Monster Zero is a cooler title than Astro-Monster. Sounds better too if anyone was wondering why its on my list that way.


If GMK had been made in the 60's or 70's it would prob be on the top five but I feel like the effects feel syfy. Still a great movie.


He also loves Kalat's book, just ordered August's Tsuburaya book, and someone just recommended him Godzilla On My Mind (yeesh).

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I need to get this off my chest.Anguirus makes sounds like an adorable Pokemon.I think its really sad when Mechagodzilla "OH GODZILLA! WHAT TERRIBLE LANGUAGE!" his jaw up.


Yes, not since Steven DeKnight said he loved Gamera 2 has my mind been put so at ease about someone chosen to direct a kaiju film.

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Re: Adam Wingard to direct King Kong vs Godzilla 2

Postby Godzilla21 » Sat Jun 03, 2017 1:00 am

He's gone more in depth about the Godzilla series in this series of tweets than Gareth ever did during years of promotion.
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Re: Adam Wingard to direct King Kong vs Godzilla 2

Postby klen7 » Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:59 am

Gareth mentioned Godzooky and he made a giant monster movie with his own money, so i wouldn't give him too much guff for his fandoming
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Re: Adam Wingard to direct King Kong vs Godzilla 2

Postby jellydonut25 » Wed Jun 07, 2017 1:59 pm

Not to mention: being a FAN doesn't mean quality.
Jun Fukuda wasn't a fan. He didn't think there should have been any Godzilla sequels, but he made some great entries.
Kaneko wasn't a Gamera fan.
Tezuka is/was a huge Godzilla fan.
Christopher Nolan wasn't really a Batman FAN, that's why he had David Goyer there, so he could have someone who knew the source material better and could advise him if he was straying too far from character.
Peter Jackson is a huge King Kong fan, and that prevented him from editing anything out of his Kong movie.

Likewise, I'm sure there are fans who've turned in great stuff and non-fans who've turned in poor stuff. Being a fan is not an indicator of the quality of your film.
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Re: Adam Wingard to direct King Kong vs Godzilla 2

Postby Specium Ray » Wed Jun 07, 2017 2:51 pm

jellydonut25 wrote:Not to mention: being a FAN doesn't mean quality.
Jun Fukuda wasn't a fan. He didn't think there should have been any Godzilla sequels, but he made some great entries.
Kaneko wasn't a Gamera fan.
Tezuka is/was a huge Godzilla fan.
Christopher Nolan wasn't really a Batman FAN, that's why he had David Goyer there, so he could have someone who knew the source material better and could advise him if he was straying too far from character.
Peter Jackson is a huge King Kong fan, and that prevented him from editing anything out of his Kong movie.

Likewise, I'm sure there are fans who've turned in great stuff and non-fans who've turned in poor stuff. Being a fan is not an indicator of the quality of your film.


This is a really excellent point.
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Re: Adam Wingard to direct King Kong vs Godzilla 2

Postby lhb412 » Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:24 pm

Wingard's top five Kong films:

Top five KING KONG

1. King Kong (33)
2. King Kong (76)
3. Kong: Skull Island
4. King Kong Escapes
5. King Kong Vs Godzilla


He notes nostalgia plays a bit role in the placement of '76 (he also thinks Dwan intentionally caused the fire that killed everyone on her boat)

King Kong Escapes is a gorgeous movie. Would love to see a film print. The rich blue skies in that film make a great impression.


Hmmm... *nods approvingly*
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Re: Adam Wingard to direct King Kong vs Godzilla 2

Postby lhb412 » Sat Jun 17, 2017 9:49 pm

Wingard mentioned how much he enjoyed the Godzilla alert system in Godzilla vs. Biollante. It'd be really cool if something like that returned, and it'd make sense because by then the world will have gotten used to two major kaiju events. Of course, I imagine it'd be applied to kaiju in general instead of being Godzilla specific, because by then the world will have known a half dozen monsters (publicly, as I imagine the general public knows nothing of Kong).
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Re: Adam Wingard to direct King Kong vs Godzilla 2

Postby GiganGoji » Sun Jun 18, 2017 3:41 am

lhb412 wrote:Wingard mentioned how much he enjoyed the Godzilla alert system in Godzilla vs. Biollante. It'd be really cool if something like that returned, and it'd make sense because by then the world will have gotten used to two major kaiju events. Of course, I imagine it'd be applied to kaiju in general instead of being Godzilla specific, because by then the world will have known a half dozen monsters (publicly, as I imagine the general public knows nothing of Kong).


G vs. Biollante was my first Godzilla film, and those alerts (with Sugiyama's score) just GRABBED me, and at 6 years old, I was totally hooked. I would love to see that again, at least, some variation of it.
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Re: Adam Wingard to direct King Kong vs Godzilla 2

Postby Mac » Mon Aug 28, 2017 11:09 am

Just watched Wingard's Death Note movie. It's really bad and should worry people, lol.
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Re: Adam Wingard to direct King Kong vs Godzilla 2

Postby klen7 » Mon Aug 28, 2017 11:47 am

^ i disagree

I strongly preferred Wingard's take to Kanekos.
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Re: Adam Wingard to direct King Kong vs Godzilla 2

Postby TerranigmaFreak » Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:28 pm

What's wrong with operating on low-budgets, though? Gareth Edward did the same, and also managed to make Godzilla without blowing the bank.
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Re: Adam Wingard to direct King Kong vs Godzilla 2

Postby jellydonut25 » Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:00 am

klen7 wrote:^ i disagree

I strongly preferred Wingard's take to Kanekos.

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Re: Adam Wingard to direct King Kong vs Godzilla 2

Postby ebirahsmeg1 » Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:38 am

Mac wrote:Just watched Wingard's Death Note movie. It's really bad and should worry people, lol.


Agreed...it was pretty bad and definitely cause for concern. :oops:


jellydonut25 wrote:
klen7 wrote:^ i disagree

I strongly preferred Wingard's take to Kanekos.

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While I agree that Wingard's effort was pretty sh*tty, I also laugh at the notion that Kaneko's Death Note 1 & 2 films were "high art masterpieces"....to be blunt, both were similar to Kaneko's GMK: Extremely overrated, overhyped, and do not age well with time. They were *marginally" better than the recent Netflix flick.

To be fair to Wingard, Deathnote itself does not exactly lend itself well within the realm of live action and is not that easy to pull off in this medium. IMHO, it fits much more in episodic anime features. Nevertheless, there's no disputing that the NetFlix film was bad all around, and that's not encouraging for GvsKong in 2020.

I think Legendary and should not lock themselves in with regards to Wingard like they did with Gareth Edwards for Godzilla 2 (which ended up causing the huge delay between films that we are now experiencing just in order to wait on a director who, quite frankly, is not all that good to begin with) and keep their options open...
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Re: Adam Wingard to direct King Kong vs Godzilla 2

Postby lhb412 » Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:07 pm

Death Note was a hard nut to crack. Honestly, the only way I could think of telling the story as a two hour movie would be to change the plot almost entirely - which would have pissed off the fans as much as anything.

I'm reasonably confident in Wingard. He's made a few good movies and a few bad ones, but he's said all the rights things in regard to understand Godzilla movies. Honestly, his intense love of Godzilla vs. Hedorah cuts him a lot of slack with me. I'm easy!

ebirahsmeg1 wrote:While I agree that Wingard's effort was pretty sh*tty, I also laugh at the notion that Kaneko's Death Note 1 & 2 films were "high art masterpieces"....to be blunt, both were similar to Kaneko's GMK: Extremely overrated, overhyped, and do not age well with time. They were *marginally" better than the recent Netflix flick.


Funnily enough, on Wingard's twitter he articulated one of the best opinions about GMK I've ever read: something to the effect of had this movie been made in the '60s it would have been one of his favorites.

I think the backlash for GMK became more prevalent than the praise. I'd say it was only overrated for a couple of years. Now I've come back around to the film: highly enjoyable with lots of interesting stuff. The fact that it's nowhere in the Gamera trilogy's league isn't reason to discount it entirely.
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