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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