A Connected ‘Monster Universe’ is Coming to Warner Brothers

By September 10, 2015
King Kong vs. Dinosaur

It was only a matter of time.

And no surprise to me when I read the report from The Hollywood Reporter stating that Warner Bros is getting into the universe building game. Again. But instead of Superheroes (which they have covered) and Wizards (covered with the Harry Potter spin-off) it’s with giant monsters. To this I say, what took so long?

In the new report from THR, the news came that Universal is looking to offload their King Kong prequel Kong: Skull Island to Warner Bros in order to pit its iconic beast against another iconic beast: Godzilla. According to the report, some talks are currently underway between Legendary, Warner Bros., and Universal to move Skull Island from Universal, to WB, with a hope to one day pit Kong against Godzilla, for the first time onscreen since 1962.

The Godzilla IP is currently at Warner Brothers and shows no signs of going away thanks in part to Gareth Edwards’ fascinating 200 million dollar reboot that reinvigorated both the property as a whole for fans, and also financially at the box office. Legendary Pictures (a new subsidiary at Universal) is also a studio partner on Godzilla and Skull Island (along with Godzilla 2 in 2018). Though rumors pegged Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim franchise as the likely crossover with Godzilla, this news seems to makes a lot more sense. Who could forget the Toho Studios version of the match-up? An updated version, if done correctly, would be a huge hit in the geek community.

While the idea of moving one big franchise over from one studio to another might seem like an incredibly complicated move, according to the report – it’s not actually. Since Universal was only planning on distributing the film, and had no financial stakes for the movie, and could benefit WB more by building towards the crossover.

It is definitely interesting that Universal is open to the move though, especially considering how well some of their past creature movies have done, including this year’s box office titan, Jurassic World. Considering how popular crossovers and shared universes are nowadays however, it’s no surprise that WB would jump at the opportunity to raise the stakes and spectacle even more for two properties and iconic movie monsters, that are already massive in their own right. Remember how everyone was calling the Mayweather vs Pacquiao  match the fight of century? I think we just found the real owner of that title.

Skull Island, the latest Kong movie, is weeks away from shooting and stars Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson – it is set for a release on March 10th, 2017.

Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.

Mark Reilly
Born a geek a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away - Tustin, CA - Reilly is a seasoned writer and producer with over twenty years experience in the film industry. He is the co-host of 'Far, Far Away' here on GeekNation as well as 'Meet the Movie Press' on the Popcorn Talk Network; which airs live every Friday morning at 9am pst. Tweet him at @Reillyaround