King Kong Rumbles Godzilla In Monster Crossover
With Kong: Skull Island going into production on Monday, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have made their confidence in the project known — by announcing two sequels. In keeping with the increasingly widespread trend toward movie super groups (an approach instantly popularized by The Avengers‘ worldwide success), these companies plan to bring King Kong together with the title monster from last year’s Godzilla.
While some perceive the latter as a commercial failure, the numbers tell a different story. In spite of an appropriately giant budget of $160 million and a relatively modest domestic return of just over $200 million, the movie emerged as an unambiguous blockbuster, tearing through international territories to the tune of $529 million worldwide.
Starring Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, and Samuel L. Jackson, Kong: Skull Island is scheduled for release in March 2017 with Godzilla 2 following just over a year later. The two iconic beasts will finally do battle in 2020’s Godzilla vs. King Kong, not be mistaken for a remake of 1962’s similarly titled (and irresistibly campy) King Kong vs. Godzilla.
According to Legendary’s press release, Monarch—the monster-battling human organization from Godzilla—will appear in several new films, battling monsters both classic (the rights to Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidora have all been secured) and new. “It’s great to be able to revisit these characters and help create a franchise with so many creative possibilities for filmmakers,” said Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. “Fans love these big, globally iconic films and it doesn’t get any bigger than this.”