Godzilla vs. Kong has entertained people to a massive level, and no one is able to get enough of it. When it comes to CGI and VFX, you can say that Godzilla vs. Kong is it. After being dependent on the special effects so heavily, the film didn’t really feel like it’s fake or fictional. Rather it only seemed as if Kong and Godzilla were actually wreaking havoc in Hong Kong. But even so, the film premiered in theatres, and on HBO Max. Director Wingard has something to say about his recent hit flick.
Wingard recently spoke to Den of Gee. He revealed that far more footage exists from his new film. But just because he could make a massive cut of the film, doesn’t mean that he will. He doesn’t think that it’s a smart move.
“There’s certainly enough footage to make a five-hour version of this film, I’m sure,” Wingard said. “But making a longer film is easier than making a shorter film in a lot of ways. For me, this is the version that worked the best, and I don’t see any reason to do a director’s cut. Probably the only thing if, 10 years from now, somebody said, ‘Hey, do you want to do a director’s cut of Godzilla vs. Kong?’ I would probably just use that time to have another 40 days in the sound mix because I just love that kind of thing.”
Wingard has indirectly called out another HBO Max massive release. Even though it is subliminal, but it is very clear. He believes that releasing the director cut has definitely changed people’s perceptions. Wingard continued,
“The funny thing about that is I don’t even know that people believe it whenever I say this kind of thing.”He said, “Because I think everybody’s been so kind of led to believe that a director’s cut is always longer and there’s always more.”
More footage would have totally resulted in certain plots and cliffhangers. Apart from that, we would have also gotten new characters. Wingard definitely didn’t want to end the movie on a weird note. He said,
“We did shoot more and there were other parts of the plot that we cut out,” the director said.
“There were other actors and stuff. I mean, Lance Reddick is top-billed in the film, because he used to be in the movie more, but his role is very small because we tweaked a couple of plot points.”
“Unfortunately, sometimes just a tweak of the plot means that whole scenes have to go because they don’t fit anymore,” Wingard continued.
“Ultimately all the stuff we shot was just stuff that worked on its own merits, I think. Some of it did [work]. Some of it didn’t work. But most importantly, it wasn’t supporting the movie as a whole and the experience that I wanted to give people.”
Wingard is thoroughly pleased with the way Godzilla vs. Kong came out to be. He said,
“I always knew that I wanted this movie to be two hours or under,” he said.
“I never wanted it to be over that. I wanted this to be a thrill-a-minute kind of ride. So yeah, could I make an extremely long director’s cut? Absolutely. But I would never want to… For better or worse, this is my movie.”
This is nice to see that the director is pleased with his creation.
Directed by Adam Wingard and written by Eric Pearson and Max Borenstein, Godzilla vs. Kong stars Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, and Brian Tyree Henry. The film is now playing in theaters and on HBO Max.