In an interview with RogerEbert.com, Wingard reveals how close the filmmakers were to removing a pivotal moment in one of the film’s biggest battles. During pre-production, veteran VFX supervisor John “DJ” Des Jardin presented Wingard and the other producers with a series of unfinished footage that chronicled the now famous brawl between Monsters on the ship. Incredibly, their initial reaction questioned whether the epic wide shot of Kong punching Godzilla was necessary:
“They only have a few shots, and one of them is a crude animation of Godzilla getting punched in the face by Kong on the aircraft carrier, in a wide shot. One of the producers looked at it and said, ‘We’ve always had this shot in the movies, this wide shot. Do we need this? ‘ They watched it and made it, they were there, they made all these movies and they ended it. You have to really impress them, which is a good thing, in my opinion. “
Thankfully, Des Jardin confirmed to the group that “you’re going to want this shot. Believe me”. The wide shot is not only a necessary companion to the exciting franchise, but it is also the first official image released for the film. The incredible visuals are plastered all over the posters and trailers, and even Wingard admits that it could have been “the main moment of the movie.”
With a sequel in the works, Wingard and company hope to continue to think twice before removing the heart of their coveted monster brawls.
https://www.slashfilm.com/1037691/one-of-godzilla-vs-kongs-best-shots-almost-ended-up-on-the-cutting-room-floor/ One of the best Godzilla Vs Kong scenes almost ended on the cutting room floor