Godzilla and King Kong Franchises Merge

Godzilla and King Kong two of the most iconic monsters in horror cinema will once again cross paths in a stage set between Legendary and Warner Bros. The news was first reported by Deadline back in September 2015 after Legendary Pictures shifted the King Kong film project “Skull Island” from Universal to Warner Bros. in a means to unite it with Legendary’s other titan; Godzilla. The basis for the unprecedented move by Legendary was to put focus on establishing a new franchise.

Legendary CEO Thomas Tull released a statement on the colossal merger via the studio’s official press release

“Audiences really responded to Godzilla. 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.”

The first film in the Godzilla / King Kong trilogy will be “Kong: Skull Island” which will release on the 10th of March 2017. The proceeding film will be “Godzilla 2” slated for release on the 8th of June 2018 and events of both films will unfold on the Godzilla vs King Kong feature film with a possible release year of 2020.  In addition to the two colossal creatures meeting for the second time, (the first encounter between Godzilla and King Kong occurred in 1962/1963) other titan threats will also be making  their presence felt.  The addition of other Kaijus will also be included in the film trilogy according to the press release issued by Legendary.

“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.”

“Kong: Skull Island is materializing quickly with actors; Brie Larson, Tom HiddlestonCorey Hawkins Samuel L. JacksonTom Wilkinson and John C. Reilly attached to the project. Directing the film is Jordan Vogt-Roberts based off the script written by John Gatins and Max Borenstein.

The Press release can be read in its entirety here.

Sources:

  • The Hollywood Reporter
  • Deadline
  • Legendary Official Site

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