Kong: Skull Island

Warner Bros. Planning Kong/Godzilla Trilogy?

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Well this just keeps getting better.

As we reported last week, Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. have been making moves to bring King Kong: Skull Island under the same banner as 2018’s sequel to Godzilla with the hopes of eventually pitting the two monsters against each other. At first it seemed as if the two films would happen independent of each other without any real connection, but now it seems like that may not be the case. In fact, according to this report from Collider, Warner’s big plan is to form a loose trilogy starting with Skull Island and ending with King Kong vs. Godzilla.

Skull Island moving from Universal to Warner Bros. is causing a bit of drama, according to this report from The Hollywood Reporter. Buried underneath all the studio talk is this interesting little nugget:

Now that Legendary has moved Kong, that settles a brewing argument over the script’s references to Monarch, the secret government entity in Godzilla that employed the characters played by Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins. Obviously, the inclusion of Monarch in Kong is a move to tie the ape into a hoped-for Godzilla “universe.”

As I told you yesterday, former cast member JK Simmons hinted that Skull Island takes place in the early ’70s. In Godzilla, it was established that Monarch was established after WWII to monitor Godzilla and other MUTO’s. So it makes sense that Monarch would also want to study Kong and whatever other beasts inhabit Skull Island, hence its inclusion in the new film. Monarch could easily form the connective tissue that ties Skull Island to the Godzilla films and helps set up the eventual King Kong vs. Godzilla.

THR’s report went on to cover another aspect of this story that’s garnered a lot of buzz:

A threshold problem is that Kong supposedly is much smaller than Godzilla. That fact was not lost on Universal. “There were funny comments about him having to be the size of the Empire State Building instead of hanging off of it,” says a studio insider. But a source close to (Thomas) Tull says Legendary is confident it can come up with a rationale to explain how Kong and Godzilla can do battle — and possibly become allies.

I proposed a few solutions to the Kong size problem here, and now you may all rest easy knowing the studio is determined to find a sensible solution to the problem. I say again: it’s giant monster’s fighting each other. There’s no need to overthink things. All will be well, friends. Promise.

As with other big-budget franchises, it’s great to see Warner Bros. form an actual plan with these two iconic monsters. Of course, this trilogy could really just be the beginning of a long-running Godzilla/Kong franchise. If the rumors of Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah appearing in Godzilla 2 turn out the be true, then not only could King Kong vs. Godzilla feature all five of those monsters, but it could also set the stage for even bigger things to come. But even if this trilogy is all we get, it’s still an incredibly exciting time to be a kaiju fan.

King Kong: Skull Island hits theaters March 10, 2017. Godzilla 2 is set for release June 8, 2018. No release date has been announced for King Kong vs. Godzilla.

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Tom Hiddleston Talks About His Role In ‘Kong: Skull Island’

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Information about 2017’s Kong: Skull Island has been pretty hard to come by so far. Aside from the cast, all we really know about it is that it might somehow set up an eventual showdown with Godzilla. And we, like, JUST found out about that. Beyond those two crispy info nuggets, we don’t have much. But thanks to everyone’s favorite evil dreamboat, Tom Hiddleston, that’s starting to change.

While out promoting I Saw The Light, Hiddleston spoke with Collider about his role in the upcoming monster flick. While he didn’t exactly open the vault too much, he did give us a few clues about his character and the film in general.

It’s so exciting. I’ve been digging around in some dark material, to be honest. There’s something very heroic about my character in Skull Island. He’s an adventurer, he’s an explorer. I mean, it’s a King Kong film. There we go.

Like he said, it’s a King Kong film, so hearing that one of the characters is a heroic, adventurous explorer isn’t exactly shocking. Still, it sounds like a juicy role, and certainly one that Hiddleston can do great things with.

As for the film itself:

The way Jordan Vogt-Roberts has conceived of it, there’s something in there which I find very compelling about King Kong as an emblem of the power of nature in some way, and man’s relationship to it. I think he’s got just brilliant ideas about exploring that. Incredible sequences, a particular context they put King Kong in that you’ve never see him in before, so I’m really excited.

Hmm…a giant monster used as an emblem of the power of nature? Now where have I heard that before? Oh right, that’s a lot like Godzilla! Kong’s always been portrayed as something more than just a really big monkey, and if he is set to one day square off with the King of the Monsters, having them depicted in similar contexts would go a long way to add weight to that conflict. I like all of this.

It’s still not completely certain when this film will take place. JK Simmons (who has since left the film) hinted that it was going to be set in 1971 Detroit, but that was back in January. Plenty has certainly changed since then, and the film’s screenplay hasn’t even been finalized yet. But Hiddleston’s comments do at least make one thing pretty crystal clear: this definitely SOUNDS like a King Kong movie. It will be very exciting to see what the finished product looks like.

Kong: Skull Island also stars Brie Larson, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, and Toby Kebbell. It’s set to be released on March 10, 2017.

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