Monster movies have been making a major comeback in the last few years, and now Warner Bros. and Legendary are looking to capitalize on the hype. Ever since the Godzilla reboot of last year, there has been buzz floating around that the towering lizard will go up against the ruler of the apes, King Kong. The studios have now not only confirmed this, but took it one step further by announcing that they are also developing a shared cinematic universe of monsters.
Detailed in a press release from Legendary, the joint venture will kick off with Kong: Skull Island in 2017, which will reintroduce the giant gorilla to audiences after a 12 year absence. Then Godzilla 2, directed again by Gareth Edwards after he finishes up with Star Wars: Rogue One, will follow in 2018; and the two colossal beasts will clash in Godzilla Vs. Kong later in 2020.
Legendary has also picked up the rights for Godzilla’s long list of side monsters, including Mothra, Rodan, King Ghidorah, and many more. If you thought it was awesome seeing Godzilla in modern CGI, just wait until we’re treated to the buffet of remastered monsters that is sure to follow. This will give the studios tons of opportunities to branch out and expand on the monster movie revival.
Kong: Skull Island is currently scheduled to begin shooting on October 19, and it boasts a great looking cast. Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson will play the leading roles, supported by the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, Toby Kebbell, and Corey Hawkins, to name a few. The film will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kings of Summer), and the script is a collaboration between John Gatins, Dan Gilroy, Derek Connolly, and Max Borenstein, who will also be writing the script for Godzilla 2.
It’s all shaping up to be quite a promising movie, but there are a few obstacles the studios have to overcome first. For one, the size of the two monsters is an issue. King Kong may be large enough to climb the Empire State building while clutching a damsel in distress but Godzilla is bigger than the building itself. While the ape was able to battle T-Rex’s in the original reboot, it won’t be much of a fight if the giant lizard can just step on him. Furthermore, Skull Island is reportedly set in the 1970’s while Godzilla takes place in present day, so the studios will have to get creative with how they eventually meet. Perhaps the ape will be old and grey by the time he meets with Godzilla, and maybe he’ll be exposed to the same thing that initially caused Godzilla to grow in size. Fortunately they already have something in mind, according to Cinema Blend, and I for one am very interested to see how they pull it off.
Kong: Skull Island is set to open March 10, 2017 and Godzilla 2 will be released later on June 8, 2018. Godzilla Vs. Kong does not yet have a specific date.