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“THE NEW EMPIRE” director Adam Wingard parts ways with next MonsterVerse film

It was recently announced that Warner Bros./Legendary will officially begin work on a sequel Godzilla x Kong: The New Empirewith writer Dave Callaham hired to write the script for the untitled film.

No potential director was mentioned at this time, but it seems that Adam Wingard was in charge The new empire and his predecessor Godzilla vs. Kongshould return.

Was the decisive word.

Accordingly THR, Wingard is no longer in charge of the project. Although the report stresses that he didn't have a deal anyway, it sounds like he was tentatively attached before a split described as “mutual and temporary,” leaving the door “open” for a future return.”

Wingard is now expected to turn his attention to his next project, a new original film that he planned to tackle before another installment of MonsterVerse: an action thriller titled Rushwhich was acquired in a contested sale of A24 and is being prepared for filming in the fall.

Callaham has previously worked on several major studio projects, including the 2021 Mortal Kombat start anew, Wonder Woman 1984, Marvel Studios' Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Ringsand Sony Pictures' Spider-Man: Across the Spider-VerseHe also has some previous experience with Big G, having written the first drafts and having the story mentioned in the 2014 credits. Godzilla.

Godzilla x Kong was not a great success with critics (54% on Rotten Tomatoes), but did quite well at the box office, grossing nearly $555 million worldwide.

Rebecca Hall (Dr. Ilene Andrews), Brian Tyree Henry (Bernie Hayes) and Kaylee Hottle (Jia) reprise their roles from the previous film, but Millie Bobby Brown and Alexander Skarsgård are not back. legion Dan Stevens, the series alum, played the male lead. Fala Chen, Alex Ferns and Rachel House also appear in supporting roles.

Wingard worked again with production designer Tom Hammock, editor Josh Schaeffer and composer Tom Holkenborg. Terry Rossio was again responsible for the script, along with Jeremy Slater and Wingard's frequent collaborator Simon Barrett.

“This latest entry continues the explosive showdown of Godzilla vs. Kong with an all-new cinematic adventure pitting the all-powerful Kong and the fearsome Godzilla against a colossal, undiscovered threat hidden in our world that threatens to jeopardize our existence – and our own. The epic new film will delve deeper into the history of these Titans, their origins and the mysteries of Skull Island and beyond, while uncovering the mythical battle that helped create these extraordinary beings and them forever to bind to humanity.

In the story, legendary titans Godzilla and Kong join forces to face a world-destroying threat so terrifying that neither could survive alone.”

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