‘Kong: Skull Island’ Moving From Universal to Warner Bros.

'Kong: Skull Island' Moving From Universal
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In a move that is setting the stage for yet another film universe to be created, sources tell Variety that Legendary is planning on moving its “King Kong” prequel, “Kong: Skull Island,” from Universal to Warner Bros.

The film currently stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and “Straight Outta Compton” actors Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell. “Skull Island” had been set up at Universal, with which Legendary currently holds its deal. The prequel was announced at Comic-Con.

Sources close to the situation say while this is not a done deal, things are moving forward and that the idea is to have future “Kong” films possibly cross over with “Godzilla” films, to which WB owns the sequel rights.

As of now, the release date for “Kong: Skull Island” is expected to remain Mar. 10, 2017.

While plot details are still vague, the story will be set in the mysterious, dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the island. Alex Garcia and Eric McLeod will serve as exec producers. Max Borenstein, John Gatins and Dan Gilroy penned the script.

Jordan Vogt-Roberts will direct the pic, and Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce with Mary Parent.

With studios now more and more interested in creating “universes” where films can cross over with one another, it makes sense that Legendary would want these two worlds colliding, especially since it had already happened in the 1962 Toho film “King Kong vs. Godzilla.”

Legendary declined to comment on the matter. Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.

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  1. DE says:

    Why can’t Kong: Skull Island be distributed by both Universal and Warner Bros? Legendary Pictures works with both studios and King Kong vs Godzilla (1962 film) was distributed by Universal. So, why can’t they just reconsider about having this movie distributed by both studios? I mean, just this once.

  2. Bill B. says:

    How far we have come. Godzilla vs. King Kong. Again.

  3. jedi77 says:

    Yet another movie made only for chinese and russian audiences.

    The first Kong was only OK, and that was in large part due to the excellent and funny cast.
    This is gonna bomb in the western world, and make money in less cynical areas.
    But either way, it’s suck big time. And the funny thing is, everybody knows it.
    You can actually smell this failure comming, and yet they are still going ahead with it.
    It boggles the mind, but I think Universal would be happy to get rid of it. They are on a roll, and this would stop it dead in its tracks.

    • therealeverton says:

      What do you mean the “first Kong”? the original King Kong is a Hollywood classic, and Peter Jackson’s update was pretty good too, giving the whole thing a depth, without losing that sense of wonder.

      Whilst Kong VS Godzilla makes as much sense a it did in the Japanese version (King Kong is so small compared to a “Kaiju” like Godzilla there’s no fight to be had, so you would have to make major adjustments to who Kong is etc. The idea that it is born to fail is nonsense. A film being successful in every country but North America is far from a failure and this is a business.

      The idea is that s you make more of these films “north American” audiences get more used to them and the difficulty you had selling PAcific Rim outside of countries where Kaiju and Mecha films were not really in the mainstream, or any stream, has gone now. Pac Rim has opened the minds of many in cinemas and now in homes around the world and a major, successful Godzilla film has been released. Your assumption that this film will fail is based on outdated information.

  4. RMW says:

    Doesn’t Warner Bros also currently own the rights to ‘Beast from 20000 Fathoms’ which many say inspired the original Godzilla/Gojira?
    What with Legendary also owing the ‘Pacific Rim’ franchise and the previously announced acquisition of Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah from Toho as well, I can see a truly monstrous crossover coming. Whether it does well is another matter.

  5. JE Vizzusi says:

    Interesting! Orlando’s Universal is presently building a Skull Island attraction along with themed Hotel. How can Uni which owns Kong rights and licensing deal with Warners? Seems that creatively nothing has gone right for this prequel.

  6. CelluloidFan35mm says:

    Enough with creating movie universes and unwarranted franchises! It’s getting obnoxious now.

  7. cadavra says:

    Since Warners owns the original KONG, this actually makes sense.

  8. K says:

    Oh good! WB is desperate for another franchise, which they will ruin of course.

  9. Facundo says:

    But, what about the atraction at Universal Studios Orlando??

  10. Harv says:

    Can’t wait for the not so subtle racial references and ‘bad Whitey’ propaganda.

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