Godzilla: King of the Monsters Director, Production Designer Talk King Ghidorah's Three Personalities

Here's how the team gave each of the monster's three heads its own human-like characteristics.

By Chris Morse

This week finally brings us the long-anticipated arrival of the year’s first big summer film, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and this sequel’s visually stunning take on several of our favorite monsters is sure to be a smash hit at the box office. When it comes to bringing some of these iconic creatures to life, it would seem this film really went all-out to get the details just right, even going as far as having three different actors doing motion capture work for each of King Ghidorah’s heads.

In a discussion with EW, director Michael Dougherty and production designer Scott Chambliss shed some light on the process of creating the monster, revealing the work it took to make this one stand out in a time when we have other dragons in pop culture, such as those in Game of Thrones. The key, Chambliss says, was giving King Ghidorah some human-like characteristics, meaning that each of its three heads should have its own unique personalities.


Dougherty also weighed in, sharing some insight into what inspired the decision to take King Ghidorah in this direction. He also revealed what kind of traits you can expect from each of the monster’s heads.


We are definitely impressed to hear about this level of detail being poured into the film, proving that this one should be more than just a visual spectacle when all is said and done. After all, we only have a few more days to find out what’s in store. Stay tuned for more coverage later this week.


You can give the previous trailer a watch above as well, but in the meantime, here’s what you can expect from Godzilla: King of the Monsters when it smashes into theaters later this week.


Based on a script written by Zach Shields, director Michael Dougherty, and Max Borenstein, Godzilla: King of the Monsters stars Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Sally Hawkins, Charles Dance, Thomas Middleditch, O'Shea Jackson Jr., Ken Watanabe, and Zhang Ziyi. The film is due out on May 31st, 2019.

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Chris Morse

Programmer by day, writer by night. Having grown up surrounded by plenty of horror movies and video games, it only made sense for Chris to combine all of these passions into one place: Dead Entertainment. Whether he's working on designs, tinkering with the platform, or just writing up the latest horror news, he's sure to be hard at work keeping the wheels turning on this website no matter what time of day it is. When not coding or gaming, you can find him donning a Cheesehead and heading to the Midwest to cheer on his favorite NFL team, the Green Bay Packers. #GoPackGo