How Buddy Cops and the Shaw Brothers Influenced Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire

Godzilla and Kong in Godzilla x Kong: The New Kingdom.
Picture: Warner Bros.

In 2021, it was Godzilla against Kong. But Godzilla x Kong: The New Kingdom sees enemies team up– reluctantly – to face a new threat. The dynamic between them may not be familiar from what we've seen so far in the Monsterverse, but movie fans may recognize its origins in… '80s buddy cop movies ?

Talk to Empire Magazinedirector Adam Wingard (who also did Godzilla vs. Kong) revealed his love for buddy cop films like 1987's Deadly weaponexplaining, “My influences are still rooted in the '80s.” How does that come into play in Godzilla x Kong? At the beginning of the film, “There's a sort of truce: Godzilla controls the surface world and Kong is in the Hollow Earth.” When Skar King, the film's new villain, threatens to disrupt this uneasy peace, the monsters must join forces to defeat him. “The dysfunctional relationship dynamic between buddy and cop is probably best used to describe Godzilla and Kong,” Wingard said. “There are a lot of misunderstandings: the way monsters communicate is not simple.”

Wingard also discusses “a personal journey” for Kong and that the film will feature “many different versions of Godzilla,” brought about by what feels like another '80s special: the training montage. However, Wingard's influences stretch back even further into cinema history. “I'm really passionate about Shaw Brothers martial arts. These movies are always about, “Here's a big threat, and you have to do all these things to motivate yourself so you can face this threat.” »

Godzilla x Kong: The New Kingdom– which also has a human cast including Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry and Dan Stevens – arrives March 29.

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