After the announcement of a monster crossover event a few months ago, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have officially announced the release dates for their upcoming monster movie universe. According to the studios, Kong: Skull Island will hit theatres on March 10th, 2017, while Godzilla 2 will follow on June 8th, 2018 – all leading up to the release of Godzilla vs Kong in 2020. The studios also released an official release with the announcement, detailing the plan for their connected universe:
“All-powerful monsters become towering heroes for a new generation, revealing a mythology that brings together Godzilla and Legendary’s King Kong in an ecosystem of other giant super-species, both classic and new. Monarch, the human organization that uncovered Godzilla in the 2014 film, will expand their mission across multiple releases.”
So it sounds like the elements introduced in 2014’s Godzilla will play a major factor in the future films after all, as Monarch continues their investigation of Godzilla, and it seems safe to assume that their research might lead them to the home of Kong, although it is impossible to know for sure what sets off the eventual conflict between the two monsters. With Godzilla actually being the hero in the 2014 film, is it possible that Kong might actually be more villainous than we had previously expected? The 2014 standalone basically set up Godzilla as a force of nature that comes to protect the Earth when he has to from severe threats, so it’ll be interesting to see how he crosses paths with Kong.
Legendary CEO, Thomas Tull, commented on the announcement as well with the following:
“Audiences really responded to Godzilla. Today, I’m excited to reveal that film was only the beginning of an epic new entertainment universe. As a lifelong fan of these characters, I’ve always wanted to see the ultimate showdown, and today we’re pleased to be announcing that and more.”
Kings of Summer director Jordan Vogt-Roberts will be at the helm of Kong: Skull Island, with a cast including Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Jason Mitchell, Corey Hawkins, Samuel L. Jackson, Toby Kebbell, Thomas Mann, John Goodman, and more. While not much is known about the plot, the basic story will follow a team of explorers on an expedition that leads them to Skull Island, the home of the King of the Apes, and we can assume some incredibly tense and action-packed adventures will follow.
Meanwhile, Gareth Edwards will be returning to direct Godzilla 2 after he finishes his work on Star Wars: Rogue One, with next-to-nothing known about the film’s plot or story at this point, although we can assume it will pick up where the first left off and will most likely include different references and Easter eggs to Kong: Skull Island, leading up to the crossover film two years later.
Considering that we only just recently we found out this was happening, it seems like the two studios have had a pretty concrete plan in place for their connected universe for some time now, and it looks like audiences will only have to wait a little over four years before they get to see Godzilla and King Kong face off onscreen. No word yet on who will direct the crossover or the creative team involved, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we learn a lot more about the crossover in the coming months.
Kong: Skull Island is set to hit theatres on March 10, 2017. Godzilla 2 is set for a release on June 8th, 2018, leading up to Godzilla vs Kong in 2020.
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