Godzilla X Kong Was Apparently Inspired By A Classic Buddy Cop Movie, And Now I’m Even More Pumped For The MonsterVerse Flick


Although Godzilla vs. Kong started off with the two titular Titans coming to blows, by the end of the fourth MonsterVerse movie, they later joined forces to battle a common enemy, Mechagodzilla. For Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, one of the major tentpole releases on the 2024 movies schedule, these gigantic beasts will team up once again, though that’s not to say they’re now on great terms with one another. In fact, their begrudging alliance was inspired by a classic buddy cop movie, and now I’m even more pumped for the next MonsterVerse installment.

In an interview with Empire, director Adam Wingard mentioned that 1987’s Lethal Weapon is one of his favorite buddy cop movies, and he channeled the dynamic between Mel Gibson’s Martin Riggs and Danny Glover’s Roger Murtaugh for Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire. As he explained:

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!’ … The buddy-cop dysfunctional relationship dynamic is probably the best one to describe Godzilla and Kong. My influences are always embedded with the ‘80s, and the ‘80s were prime for [that] storyline. There’s a lot of misunderstanding – the way that the monsters communicate isn’t straightforward.

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