Dave Callaham To Pen Next Godzilla-Kong Movie For Legendary

After seeing Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire gross over $548 million and counting worldwide since its March 29 debut, Legendary has tapped Dave Callaham (Shang-Chi) to script the next film in its Monsterverse franchise, Deadline can confirm.

Detail as to the threequel’s plot are under wraps. Directed by Adam Wingard on the heels of Godzilla vs. Kong, Godzilla x Kong watches as natural foes Godzilla and Kong come together to combat a mysterious Hollow Earth threat. Rebecca Hall, Bryan Tyree Henry, Dan Stevens, Kaylee Hottle, Alex Ferns, Fala Chen, and Rachel House starred in the pic written by Terry Rossio, Simon Barrett and Jeremy Slater.

Launching with Godzilla in 2014, the Monsterverse franchise has grossed $2.5 billion worldwide to date, also recently expanding into TV with Apple TV+’s Monarch: Legacy of Monsters.

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In conversation with Deadline at Godzilla x Kong‘s premiere about directing a potential third film, Wingard teased, “Only time will tell. I think the seductive thing as a filmmaker when you’ve done two movies is to complete it as this trilogy — that’s always what everybody expects…[But] it really depends on how the movie does.” Added Wingard, who recently set up the action flick Onslaught at A24, “I think that there’s a lot of really cool ideas we have [about] where we would go with it. I’m open to it and excited for what the future brings.”

Previously working on the story and early drafts for 2014’s Godzilla, Callaham is best known for his work on Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, which earned an Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature. Other notable credits include The Expendables, Zombieland: Double Tap, Mortal Kombat, and Wonder Woman 1984.

News of Callaham’s next project was first reported by THR.

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