After much speculation, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Adam Wingard will not be returning to direct the next Godzilla x Kong film for the Legendary MonsterVerse.

Wingard, who has directed the last two of the franchise’s entries – Godzilla v Kong, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire – won’t be returning for this upcoming film, though the parting of ways has been described as amicable and stems solely from scheduling issues. Insiders state that he may return to direct the building-smashing kaijus further down the line.

The big question mark over his involvement in the next film has been hanging there since Adam Wingard revealed he would be directing a new original feature before taking on any other projects. Said feature, an action thriller titled Onslaught, was recently picked up in a competitive sale by A24, and is preparing to start filming this autumn.

#In their corner, Legendary was keen to move on swiftly with another monster flick, and have already hired Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings scribe Dave Callaham to begin penning the new script. There’s no word yet on what direction any future films might take, nor on who may star, but stay tuned for more information on the upcoming actioner as we hear it.

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