Godzilla vs. Kong was a massive success for Legendary and Warner Bros. It shattered expectations and even just hit an important global milestone. Now, with yesterday’s news that Godzilla vs. Kong director Adam Wingard is in talks to direct another MonsterVerse film, speculation about what’s next for Legendary’s monster-mashing franchise has been rampant. This is somewhat shocking, especially considering the fact that just weeks ago, Warner Bros. said there were no plans for the MonsterVerse to continue post-Godzilla vs. Kong. Now, though, we may have an idea of what’s up next for these Titans.
According to The Hollywood Reporter (via MovieWeb), Godzilla vs. Kong is not going to be the end of the MonsterVerse. Instead, it is reportedly setting up Son of Kong, which will find a battle-worn Kong starting a family in Hollow Earth. This would be a remake, one that would hopefully not adopt the original’s tragic storyline.
The original Son of Kong hit theaters back in December 1933, not long after the first King Kong smashed into theaters. The film was hurried into production by people encouraged by King Kong‘s success, resulting in an epic that ended just as unhappily as its predecessor. The movie ended up receiving mixed to negative reviews, but that obviously is not dissuading the modern-minded execs at Warner Bros. from at least discussing the potential of an Adam Wingard-helmed Son of Kong remake. This new version would be very different from the original, and with the talent behind Godzilla vs. Kong possibly returning for it, then it is certainly possible that Legendary will greenlight a follow-up.
It will be interesting to see if the success of Godzilla vs. Kong results in a Son of Kong flick. There is so much potential for the MonsterVerse going forward, especially because it “ended” on such a high note.
Aside from Godzilla vs. Kong, the MonsterVerse is comprised of the 2014 Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island (probably still my favorite of the bunch), and Godzilla: King of the Monsters (definitely not my favorite of the lot). Adam Wingard was supposed to close out this universe in spectacular fashion, and while he did an amazing job, it may have only extended his time with these characters. Not such a bad thing, honestly.
Coming away from his success with Godzilla vs. Kong, Adam Wingard has been tapped to direct a ThunderCats movie, which will also be released by Warner Bros. Between that and his upcoming Face/Off 2, it is unclear when he will even have the time to sit down and start mapping out another MonsterVerse film.
It will be interesting to see what he does with it. Godzilla vs. Kong was such a relentlessly fun romp, and Wingard knew exactly what the franchise needed in order for it to continue. He injected new life into a story that, after the disappointment that was King of the Monsters, could easily have died. We are thankful he delivered something special because now we are potentially getting more.
Godzilla vs. Kong is scheduled to leave HBO Max on April 30.