Well, can't say this is too unexpected.
With the 'cinematic universe' becoming a go to thing now for film franchises, Legendary Pictures has announced their King Kong film, Kong: Skull Island, is being moved from Universal to Warner Bros. with a plan to have their big guy match-up with last year's Godzilla reboot.
Since Legendary left Warner Bros last year and went to Universal, it was quite interesting to hear the production company announce a King Kong film when they had just made another monster film in Godzilla for Warner Bros. The idea was thought that if only this were under the same studio, a showdown of the two famous cinematic monsters in a feature film could finally happen.
I guess they had the idea the whole time too as Kong: Skull Island will now be distributed under Warner Bros. with it's release date still in place of March 10th, 2017. Production is gearing up to start the end of this year, early next year with a cast that includes Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Corey Hawkins and possibly Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Wilkinson and John C. Reilly. Remember, originally Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons were part of this cast, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. I wonder if this change in direction for the film had anything to do with it?
Gareth Edwards - who directed last year's Godzilla reboot - is still attached to helm the sequel (due out June 8th, 2018), but now it must be wondered if his vision for the follow-up will be changed by this new plan to connect with King Kong. Also, Max Borenstein, who wrote Godzilla and is writing Godzilla 2, also wrote Kong: Skull Island. Huh, I bet that's just a coincidence.
Anyway, this all sounds pretty exciting if you're a huge Godzilla fan or King Kong fan or both. I guess they'll have to make Kong much larger for these films though as we all know he scaled that skyskraper, and well, Godzilla is as tall as that.
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