In a move that will put two of the toughest monsters battling each other, Legendary Pictures are moving their in development Kong: Skull Island from Universal to Warner Brothers. According to Deadline there are plans to make a King Kong vs Godzilla movie very quickly.
Legendary made the Gareth Edwards directed Godzilla with Warner Brothers, and shortly after parted ways and joined Universal instead, where the Kong: Skull Island movie is being developed. However, Legendary are now moving back to Warners with Kong, because they want to keep both Godzilla and King Kong together with one studio, Warners.
Godzilla 2 is now in development, with Edwards returning to direct once he’s done with Rogue One: A Star Wars story. Deadline reports that Legendary want to get moving on the King Kong vs Godzilla movie quickly so that it is ready for release shortly after Godzilla 2 and Kong: Skull Island have been released.
Legendary are said to be already planning talks with Japan’s TOHO studios, who own the rights to Godzilla, to discuss the monster mashup.
Kong: Skull Island is currently still casting. Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and Corey Hawkins are set to star, and last we heard Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Wilkinson and John C. Reilly were all in talks to fill major roles.
In the spirit of its worldwide blockbuster Godzilla, Legendary Pictures presents a bold new take on the mythos of another iconic beast with KONG: SKULL ISLAND, which stars Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers and Thor series).
King: Skull Island swings into UK cinemas on 10th March 2017.
Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) and written by John Gatins (Flight) and Max Borenstein (Godzilla), KONG: SKULL ISLAND will fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island. Legendary’s story honors the foundations of existing King Kong lore, but places it in an entirely new, distinct timeline. Thomas Tull (Godzilla, The Dark Knight, Pacific Rim) and Jon Jashni (Godzilla, upcoming Warcraft) will produce and Alex Garcia (Godzilla) will executive produce. The film will be released in 3D and IMAX 3D by Universal Pictures.