‘Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire’ Teases Buddy Cop Dynamic, Multiple Versions of Godzilla

Adam Wingard’s Godzilla vs Kong saw the titular kaiju duo going up against each other in an action spectacle, but that’s about to change in Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire. The director’s forthcoming film will feature a buddy cop dynamic between the pair, as they work together (albeit reluctantly) to fight off a new threat in the form of the Skar King.

Speaking to Empire, Wingard revealed action-comedy classic Lethal Weapon to be one of his favourites in the genre, which he tapped into for the movie.

“There’s a bit of a truce — Godzilla’s in control of the surface world and Kong is down in Hollow Earth. It wasn’t, ‘Okay, give me a call when something goes wrong, Kong. And I, Godzilla, will rush to the rescue!'” said the filmmaker. “The buddy-cop dysfunctional relationship dynamic is probably the best one to describe Godzilla and Kong.”

But teamwork is only part of the equation. With Skar King billed to be an extremely formidable foe, both Kong and Godzilla will need more to emerge victorious. The latter’s secret weapon? Multiple forms, including one that turns his scales pink.

“This is his version of a training routine. I’m really big into Shaw Brothers martial arts. Those films are always about, ‘Here’s a big threat, and you have to do all these things to pump yourself up so that you can take on that threat.’ You’re gonna see lots of different versions of Godzilla in this movie,” Wingard teased.

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire Trailer

Meanwhile, Kong is set to join the battle with a metallic glove when Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire arrives in theatres on 29 March. The creature feature is written by Terry Rossio, Jeremy Slater and Simon Barrett, with Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, and Kaylee Hottle reprising their roles as Dr. Illene Andrews, Bernie Hayes, and Jia respectively.