‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Set for 2020 as Warner Bros. and Legendary Unite Monster Franchises

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Warner Bros. and Legendary are teaming up on a 2020 movie “Godzilla vs. Kong,” representing the official unification of the two monster franchises.

The companies jointly announced Wednesday that the basis for the film would be an “ecosystem” of giant super-species, both classic and new, as the Monarch organization that uncovered Godzilla in the 2014 film expands its mission in multiple releases.

The first films in the partnership have already been announced: “Kong: Skull Island,” which opens on March 10, 2017, and “Godzilla 2” on June 8, 2018.

The announcement noted that while Legendary maintains its new home at Universal Pictures, the Godzilla films and the Kong origin film will be distributed via Warner Bros. Production on “Kong: Skull Island,” which had been at Universal until recently, begins Oct. 19 with Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and “Straight Outta Compton” actors Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell.

“Kong: Skull Island” will be set in the mysterious home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the island. Jordan Vogt-Roberts is directing from a script by Max Borenstein, John Gatins and Dan Gilroy. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce with Mary Parent.

Tull said in a statement: “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.”

Warner Bros. topper Kevin Tsujihara said in a statement: “Working with our partners at Legendary, we enjoyed tremendous creative and commercial success with ‘Godzilla.’ 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.”

Warner Bros. and Legendary announced on Aug. 14 that they had scheduled “Godzilla 2” for June 8, 2018, with Gareth Edwards returning as director of the monster movie sequel. At Comic-Con in July, Legendary disclosed that Godzilla would be joined by Mothra, Rodan and Ghidorah in the next movie.

“Godzilla” grossed $529 million worldwide. Legendary financed 75% of the $160 million budget, with Warner providing the rest and the companies splitting marketing costs.

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  1. Leo Newton says:

    Others have brought up the size differential; size DOES matter! Kong is awesome, despite the horrible Jack Black and Jeff Bridges films, but as a beast he’s about twice the size of an elephant, whilst Godzilla towers over cities. Unless the filmmakers plan on super-sizing Kong via gamma radiation, or having Kong battle a Godzilla Mini-Me, maybe a Son of Godzilla rumble, it won’t work. Where’s Godzilla vs Cloverfield?

  2. James says:

    This isn’t going to work simply because of the size issue. Godzilla is WAY too big in the 2014 film. I don’t think they want to make King Kong the size of a skyscraper. It’s going to have to a be a young Godzilla that is still growing or something–just won’t work otherwise.

  3. Jedi77 says:

    As much as I regret this decision, because it’ll rob us of the good movies which could have been made instead, it’s Warners decision.

    What is really unfortunate, is the fact that no-one at Warners seem to be aware of the fact that, much like Pacific Rim, while people saw Godzilla, not a lot of people liked Godzilla.

    This is a typical case of misdirected energy. People don’t want these films, well okay, maybe the russians and the chinese do, but the rest of the world don’t. And for some reason, no-one at Warners seem to be aware of that fact…
    And they wonder why Universal is having a good year???

    • RMW says:

      What exactly is a ‘good movie’? Ironically Universal’s (which as you say is having a good year) most successful film so far this year is ‘Jurassic World’ which can be considered a monster film, complete with monster fight at the end. Correct me if I’m wrong but this implies there is an audience out there that wants to see giant monster films.

  4. Ashly says:

    The 1962 version of this film was average, not that good. The concept still feels adventurous and exciting, but there are boundations for filmmakers, I mean what extra we will expect from Kong and Godzilla except taking against each other at the theater. The both giants looks good separately, not together. I think after the massive response and trend of Bat Vs Sup, Warner Bros got hyper :) and expect the same for its other “VS” movies.

    • Cadeem Lalor says:

      Well first, Bat v Sups is inspired by a 1980s Frank Miller comic, so it’s not something execs pulled out of their ass. Also, there was a 1962 King Kong v Godzilla. This can be considered a remake. There is this new thing called Google you should check out.

  5. JE Vizzusi says:

    Somebody answer this; “Why is it still today both original Films, King Kong and Gozilla King of the Monsters continue to be the best Movies? Interesting Variety decided to use the Peter Jackson Kong as the franchise logo. Looking forward to Skull Island and hopefully the material is treated more seriously than the last Kong film.

  6. The Team says:

    Wow, a lot of crying here. If you don’t like the idea of this movie, don’t go see it.

  7. Patrick says:

    They should rather do a remake of “A Chorus Line”: A group of monsters (Godzilla, Kong, Grendel, Orc, Alien, etc.) congregate on the stage of a Broadway theatre to audition for a new musical production.

  8. Ken says:

    Add Ro-Man from 1953’s ROBOT MONSTER into the mix, and I’ll be first in line!

  9. Dunstan says:

    Pathetic.

  10. cadavra says:

    Fortunately, we’ll still have the 1963 version, which cost less than the craft services will on this new one.

  11. Al Swearengen says:

    What a time to be alive.

    I wonder how they’re going to resolve the size issue, cause the Godzilla in Gareth Edwards movie was a gargantuan creature, where as King Kong usually isn’t that much bigger than a T-Rex.

  12. toto says:

    i think any 2 years old can make a better version than this one, and will be much more enjoyable.

  13. spike says:

    that’s great! regurgitation vs. puke! how imaginaive

  14. Martin Devlin says:

    Cannot express how depressing this news is. Where is the creativity that’s supposed to flow from Hollywood? Two CGI creatures hitting each other for two hours? Please, no!

    • Iván el Terrible says:

      This kind of movies has always been made. Go deep into cinema’s history and you’ll see how many wacky ideas were created in the era of black and white.

  15. Thetoxicavenger says:

    oh god no.

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