Shortly after Godzilla: King of the Monsters suffered a less than legendary opening weekend, Warner Bros revealed that the release date for the sequel, Godzilla vs. Kong could shift. To be more accurate, producer Toby Emmerich said the film “might come out later in the year, so we can deliver an A+ movie”. Directed by Adam Wingard (The Guest), the grudge match between the two titans was set for March 14, 2020, but that's no longer the case. Warner Bros has moved Godzilla vs Kong back by eight months to November 20.
Following the modest box office success ($524 million) of the 2014 Godzilla reboot, Warner Bros were keen to put a MonsterVerse together for their legendary titans. 2017 brought us the fun yet forgettable Kong: Skull Island, which improved on Godzilla's haul taking $566 million worldwide. However, earlier this year Godzilla King of the Monsters proved anything but Kingly at the box office with global takings of $385 million. Costing a reported $200 million to make, Godzilla 2 wasn't the monster hit Warner Bros expected, which would ordinarily kill a franchise. That wasn't an option as the sequel had already wrapped principal photography by the time King of the Monsters hit cinemas.
Ironically, Godzilla vs Kong's new release date is the same weekend that Warner Bros unleashed Justice League two years ago. We all know how well that panned out, but there is every possibility that the reshoots for Godzilla vs Kong have been able to help deliver that A+ movie we've been promised. There are some nice touches to King of the Monsters, even more so if you're a big fan of old school Godzilla movies. That said, it's a hot mess of ideas with a talented cast that is given very little to do for the vast majority of the film. Can Godzilla vs Kong course correct the franchise? We'll find out in just under a year, so we should expect a trailer soon.
Starring Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Jessica Henwick, Julian Dennison, Kyle Chandler, and Demián Bichir. Godzilla vs. Kong will (hopefully) be released in cinemas on November 20, 2020.