We’re gonna need a bigger planet.
Confirming the chatter from several weeks ago, Legendary and Warner Bros. have revealed their affair with the joint announcement of Godzilla vs King Kong– set to be released sometime in 2020. This film will act as the culmination of the newly updated franchise timeline: beginning with Kong: Skull Island in 2017 and followed by Godzilla 2 in 2018.
Legendary secured the crossover this past September when they moved Kong: Skull Island from Universal to Warner Bros., allowing for the school-yard scrap to come to fruition. While this piece of news is really no more than a press release for a film that doesn’t come out for another five years, it does give weight to the rumors that this incarnation of Kong would be far larger than we’ve come to expect. Now it seems only logical if he’s to be seen as a legitimate threat against a ‘force of nature’ like Godzilla. In fact, introducing a larger, more traditional beast like Kong, would pave the way for other kaiju like Mothra, whose moth-like appearance already grounds it in reality. Perhaps all Skull Island’s inhabitants are species significantly larger than their real-life counterparts. This would feed well into the “Monster Island” scenario Gareth Edwards has been teasing for Godzilla 2 as well as allow for some mythology overlap – thus binding this cinematic universe. Now we just need another one of those big Godzilla skeletons to crop up on Skull Island’s shore for confirmation.
Kong: Skull Island is set to begin filming on October 19th, with Jordan Vogt-Roberts at the helm alongside a killer cast of Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L Jackson, John Goodman, Toby Kebbell and more. Gareth Edwards will return to direct Godzilla 2 after completing work on Star Wars: Rogue One. Screenwriter Max Borenstein will also return.
P.S. If Kebell is doing the motion work (as some rumors suggest) for Kong can we get Serkis to be Godzilla for another crack at a Caesar v Koba showdown ?
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