Exclusive: Adam Wingard Reveals His Favorite Kaiju (Who Isn’t in GODZILLA VS KONG)

In the latest from our exclusive interview with Adam Wingard, we discuss his favorite Kaiju–and it’s a weird one!

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Read the latest in our conversation with Adam Wingard below the trailer and synopsis for Godzilla vs Kong. The film arrives in US theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously on March 31st.

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Legends collide in Godzilla vs. Kong as these mythic adversaries meet in a spectacular battle for the ages, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.  Kong and his protectors undertake a perilous journey to find his true home, and with them is Jia, a young orphaned girl with whom he has formed a unique and powerful bond.  But they unexpectedly find themselves in the path of an enraged Godzilla, cutting a swath of destruction across the globe.  The epic clash between the two titans—instigated by unseen forces—is only the beginning of the mystery that lies deep within the core of the Earth.

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Godzilla Vs Kong stars Alexander Skarsgård (The Stand), Millie Bobby Brown, and Rebecca Hall. Brian Tyree Henry co-stars with Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Jessica Henwick, Julian Dennison, Kyle Chandler, and Demián Bichir. Mary Parent produced with Alex Garcia, Eric McLeod, and Brian Rogers.

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Dread Central: In the press notes I got, you talked about going back and watching all the Kong and Godzilla movies chronologically. So, I don’t want to spoil who is in the film, but if you had access to Toho’s entire stable, no licensing issues, is there any Kaiju/Titan you would have loved to have included in Godzilla vs. Kong?

Adam Wingard: Well I kind of lucked out because the hand I was dealt had exactly the ones I wanted to use. My second favorite Godzilla film right after the original (you have to go with the original because it’s the best one) but my second favorite one is Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster [aka Godzilla vs. Hedorah]. I love the Smog Monster! He’s an ugly, awful creature but I love the psychedelic vibe of that film; it’s kind of the Easy Rider of Godzilla movies. So, in terms of the original series, that’s the main one I reference in my head and wish we could have somehow had some sort of homage at least to the Smog Monster because he really gave Godzilla a run for his money in that film. He’s not the best design; he looks like a trash bag, but he’s really a bad-ass monster. He’s just pollution basically and has one big evil eye and he’s kind of unstoppable. I like unstoppable villains, they’re the best.

Check out the trailer and synopsis for Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster (released in 1971) below.

From Earth’s pollution, a new monster is spawned. Hedorah, the smog monster, destroys Japan and fights Godzilla while spewing his poisonous gas to further the damage.

Godzilla vs. The Smog Monster is directed by Yoshimitsu Banno and stars Akira Yamauchi, Toshie Kimura, and Hiroyuki Kawase.

Are you a fan of The Smog Monster for Godzilla vs. Hedorah? Are you excited to check out Godzilla vs Kong on March 31st? What do you think of our exclusive interview with Adam Wingard? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! You can also carry on the convo with me personally on Twitter @josh_millican.



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