KING KONG VS. GODZILLA Is Being Planned as SKULL ISLAND Moves to Warner Bros.
Legendary Pictures is moving Kong: Skull Island from Universal Pictures to Warner Bros., and for very good reason. According to Deadline, the move positions them to eventually make a King Kong Vs. Godzilla movie! They are making the move to WB so that they can keep the giant fighting beasts under the same distributor. That is where the Toho is based, and they are the rights holders of Godzilla.
Skull Island is scheduled to be released on March 10th, 2017, then we will get a Godzilla sequel from director Gareth Edwards on June 8th, 2018. After that, the two giant monsters will come face to face and battle it out on the big screen in an untitled King Kong vs. Godzilla feature film!
The site explains, “It is unclear at the moment what Universal’s position will be, but I heard the studio move is being done because it is just easier to have all the pieces under one roof, something that Marvel Studios has done with superheroes like The Hulk. King Kong is in the public domain, while Legendary got the Godzilla rights from Toho.”
I’m overwhelmed with excitement to hear that this is happening! I was really hoping to see King Kong and Godzilla kick each other's asses again on the big screen, and it’s great to see Legendary giving the fans what they want to see.
As of right now, Kong: Skull Island is being directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, and it stars Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, and Corey Hawkins. Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to star, along with Tom Wilkinson, who was apparently offered a big role. John C. Reilly is also in line to join the production.
It makes me wonder if this has anything to do with the Pacific Rim sequel delay since that production is also tied to Legendary Pictures.