‘Kong: Skull Island’, which has been in development since Peter Jackson’s ‘King Kong’ movie is to jump over to Warner Bros with a potential end game of having King Kong and Godzilla combine for a huge classic monster franchise.
Talks have been ongoing between Legendary Entertainment, Warner Bros. and Universal to move Legendary’s ‘Kong: Skull Island’ from Universal to Warner Bros with a view to creating a Kong and Godzilla crossover franchise.
‘Godzilla’ was made by Legendary with Warner Bros. and grossed around $200 million. A sequel is in active development with an eye for a 2018 release.
At the same time, Legendary is making ‘Skull Island,’ a ‘King Kong’ movie that is just weeks away from shooting and will star Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson, among others.
When it became clear that all roads led to an eventual crossover with a series of movies on these so-called super species, talks began to move Skull Island. The negotiations to do this are not very complex given that Universal has no financial stake and was only to distribute the movie.
The move will also prove fortuitous for Warner Bros because it feeds directly into the appetite to produce more event movies and gives the studio another universe other than just the one based on the DC Comic Book characters, which is just in the early stages of being made.
The eventual Kong-Godzilla pairing won’t be cinema’s first, however. The two titans squared off in 1962’s King Kong vs Godzilla.