Last month reports surfaced that Skull Island from Legendary was moving away from Universal to Warner Bros.
As Legendary Pictures recently struck a deal with Universal (after parting ways with Warner Bros), the move seemed a tad odd. It didn’t take long for the internet to leap on the news and assume a monster smack down of epic proportions was on the horizon.
As thinly veiled as their plans may have been, Warner Bros has made the announcement and have put dates on their release schedule for three movies in the new shared universe. First up will be Skull Island, sorry King Kong: Skull Island on March 10, 2017, starring Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, and Brie Larson. Once he finishes on Star War: Rogue One, Gareth Edwards will be back to direct Godzilla 2 scheduled for a June 2018 release. Then all hell breaks loose in 2020 when King Kong vs. Godzilla roars into cinemas, although technically doesn’t that spoil the ending of Godzilla 2 before it comes out?
Warner Bros released a brief statement and gave audiences a taste of what to expect from the new franchise.
"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.”
I wasn’t a huge fan of the recent Godzilla reboot; there was a lot to like with its giant monster fights and a brief appearance from Bryan Cranston. Somehow, it still made many of the same mistakes as Roland Emmerich’s attempt in 1998, if you’re making a Godzilla movie show us Godzilla as soon as possible, please. Misgivings aside, I can’t resist a giant monster movie, and these two titans of cinema are overdue a rematch.