It is beginning to look like a brand-new Godzilla/King Kong crossover movie might be in our future. According to Deadline, Legendary just pulled the long-in-development Kong: Skull Island from Universal — who was essentially working as their distribution partner — over to Warner Bros., the owners of the U.S. movie rights to Godzilla. With production on Skull Island close to finally starting, the two companies are looking to the future with what is next in the monster-movie world.
Warner Bros. is in a perfect position for the new project as Batman v Superman — their follow-up to Man of Steel — already features two powerhouses going head-to-head. What better way to one-up that grudge match than to pit cinema’s biggest monsters against each other for another round of Kaiju stomping madness? And if THR’s Boris Kyt is correct in their report on the matter, it looks like a whole cinematic monster universe is being created:
This announcement raises a few important questions including, how a modern-day movie depicting a fight between King Kong and Godzilla would actually work? There is a definite size differential there. Also, would this team-up between Legendary and Warner Bros. make a Godzilla cameo in Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim 3 an actual for-realsies possibility? Inquiring minds want to know!
It’s still early, as-of-yet, to get the answers we seek as the announcement was just made. As well, the success of these future movies all hang in the balance of Kong: Skull Island‘s box-office performance. A theatrical release for the Tom Hiddleston-starring film is set for March 10, 2017. Until then, it looks like Legendary and Warner Bros. have a lot of planning to do!