Last month it was revealed that plans were afoot at Warner Brothers to do a movie crossover of ‘King Kong’ and ‘Godzilla’ instead of moving forward with individual movie sequels for the two iconic monsters.
It appears these plans are now gaining momentum.
In a new report from Deadline, who initially broke the story last month. The movie, which is tentatively titled ‘King Kong Vs Godzilla’ is moving forward the potential property value of both monsters combined is enormous. As is the destruction that these monsters will likely cause within the confines of their fictional universe.
Following Legendary’s and Warner Bros. Pictures’ 2014 success with the global reinvention of the Godzilla franchise, the companies have come together to create an epic, new shared cinematic franchise. All-powerful monsters become towering heroes for a new generation, revealing a mythology that brings together Godzilla and Legendary’s King Kong in an ecosystem of other giant super-species, both classic and new. Monarch, the human organization that uncovered Godzilla in the 2014 film, will expand their mission across multiple releases.
The announcement that the reinvention of monsters continues was made late yesterday by Legendary CEO, Thomas Tull, and Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros. The initial trio of films are 2017’s ‘KONG: SKULL ISLAND’; ‘GODZILLA 2’ in 2018; and then ‘GODZILLA VS. KONG,’ arriving in theaters in 2020. While Legendary maintains its new home at Universal Pictures, the ‘GODZILLA’ films remain in partnership with Warner Bros., who will now also distribute KONG as a part of this franchise. Production on ‘KONG: SKULL ISLAND’ begins October 19th.
Warner Bros. and Legendary unleashed ‘Godzilla’ in May 2014 with an agreement to release a second ‘Godzilla’ film on June 8, 2018. Both films feature the human Monarch organization. Shortly following Legendary’s pact with NBC Universal, Legendary obtained the rights to additional classic characters from Toho’s Godzilla universe, including Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah. This will of course pave the way for them to use those monsters in future movies.
When Legendary announced movie plans centered on Godzilla and Kong, fans all over the world speculated that the two characters might one day meet in the same film. Classic Toho monsters including King Ghidorah, Mothra, and Rodan, as announced at Comic-Con 2014, may also join the Legendary pantheon of giant monster mayhem going forward.
“Audiences really responded to Godzilla,” stated Tull. “Today, I’m excited to reveal that film was only the beginning of an epic new entertainment universe. As a lifelong fan of these characters, I’ve always wanted to see the ultimate showdown, and today we’re pleased to be announcing that and more.”
“Working with our partners at Legendary, we enjoyed tremendous creative and commercial success with `Godzilla,’” said Tsujihara. “It’s great to be able to revisit these characters and help create a franchise with so many creative possibilities for filmmakers. Fans love these big, globally iconic films and it doesn’t get any bigger than this.”
Of course this would not be the first movie that has been made in which ‘Godzilla’ meets ‘King Kong’. A movie, which featured both epic monsters was released back in 1963 and was directed by Ishirō Honda.