2014’s ‘Godzilla’ reboot was a financial success, as was 2005’s ‘King Kong’. Despite that, neither made many waves with movie goers. Even so, plans are underway to both continue with more movies starring both gigantic monsters and to have them face off in a crossover movie.
Legendary Pictures’ ‘Kong: Skull Island’ is finally filming, after spending a number of years in development, but recently Legendary, who’d been shooting the movie with Universal, moved the project over to Warner Brothers, the home of the ‘Godzilla’ movies, where a sequel is planned for 2018. The reason for the move was to position the two famous creatures in a shared universe so that they could co-headline ‘Godzilla Vs. King Kong’ in 2020.
Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull has revealed the reason behind putting these two titans together and it’s fairly simple:
I’m juvenile. I wanted to see them fight.
It’s only natural. This year’s ‘Jurassic World’ pitted the new Indominous Rex against a slew of other dinosaurs, resulting in the highest grossing movie of the year (and one of the top grossing movies ever). This was in spite of ‘Jurassic World’ being more than just a little dumb. Sometimes folks just want to see giant monsters tearing sh– up. So why not the two most famous giant monsters in film history?
It won’t be for the first time. In 1962 a TERRIBLE ‘King Kong Vs. Godzilla’ film was released starring two guys in rubber and fur suits. It was the first color film for both characters and in Japan was the most successful of the original ‘Godzilla’ movies.
The new version can only be better than that.
What do you think? Are you ready to see Godzilla and King Kong slug it out in the big screen? Which side will you be rooting for?
‘Kong: Skull Island’ directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, stars Brie Larsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman, Toby Kebbell and John C. Reilly. It is scheduled for release on March 10, 2017.
‘Godzilla 2’ directed by Gareth Edwards is slated for release on June 8, 2018.