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When it comes to crossover grudge matches, they literally don’t come much bigger than Godzilla vs. Kong. The latest in the MonsterVerse franchise sees the two iconic Titans going head-to-head and duking it out for supremacy, in a culmination of the events that have been building since 2014’sreboot, and the Vietnam-era .
Directed by Adam Wingard (You’re Next, The Guest), Godzilla vs. Kong is one of the first new blockbusters to emerge that wasn’t advertised before the pandemic, and it arrives in US cinemas and on HBO Max at the end of this month (with a UK date to be determined).
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Below, you can see exclusive new images from the film courtesy of our sister publication, which features Godzilla vs. Kong on its upcoming cover. As well as two shots of the creatures battling it out, there’s also a new look at human characters Madison (Millie Bobby Brown, returning from King of the Monsters), Josh (Julian Dennison), and Bernie (Brian Tyree Henry) coming face to face with a familiar-looking skull…
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Earlier in his career, Wingard nearly directed a Skull Island movie for Peter Jackson before the film ultimately fell through. “It was kind of fortunate, because that’s just not what I was ready for, to be totally frank,” Wingard tells. “But then, through the years, I started moving up in different budgets. You’re Next started at $500,000. The Guest was about $4m. I did a TV pilot for about $7m.
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"And each time, I was getting more and more of a different experience level, not just with budgets, but slowly VFX things started creeping in – until I did Death Note. I think the final budget was around $28m, if I remember correctly. That movie had some pretty big VFX set-pieces in it. And so I had my first taste of the VFX world, and a little bit of a bigger budget.”
He also learned a valuable lesson visiting the set of King of the Monsters. “That was really fascinating,” he continues. “You might have bigger sets and all those kind of things, but at the end of the day, filmmaking is still a very simple thing. You’ve got a camera, and you’ve got to get stuff in front of it. That’s the same on a $3,000 level or a $200m level. It’s just about focusing on what you want, or don’t want, in front of the camera.”
Godzilla vs. Kong is scheduled to open in US cinemas and on HBO Max on March 31. For much more on the film – including a report from the set and interviews with the cast – pick up a copy of the new issue ofwhen it hits shelves (real and digital) this Friday, March 5. Check out the new covers below:
Godzilla vs Kong: the movie spoiled by clothes?
Expected in theaters worldwide at the end of March, was "Godzilla vs Kong" spoiled by a clothing line dedicated to the Adam Wingard film? © Warner Bros. Pictures Godzilla vs Kong: the movie spoiled by clothes? ATTENTION - The article below contains potential spoilers on "Godzilla vs Kong", since it discusses what could be one of the surprises in the story. So please go your way if you want to know nothing.
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