Warner Bros and Legendary’s upcoming reunion of the silver screen’s two biggest monsters, Godzilla and King Kong, appears to have found its director. The Hollywood Reporter is now reporting that Adam Wingard has signed on to direct Godzilla vs. Kong.
Taking place in the same universe as both Legendary’s Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island, and the upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the film will be the first time the characters have been on screen together since 1962’s King Kong vs. Godzilla. The story for the film was put together by a writers room assembled by Legendary, headed by Terry Rossio.
Wingard is best known for smaller films like You’re Next, The Guest, and the Blair Witch remake. He’s been in the running for some larger franchises, but you can’t really get bigger than this one. The director though seems ready for the inevitable reaction fans will have to anyone who picked up the mantle for these two beloved, larger than life characters.
Cue the tweets telling me I've already ruined Godzilla and Kong.
Legendary’s 2014 remake of Godzilla was generally enjoyed around these parts, and we’ve been waiting pretty patiently for a follow up. Initially we were told that Godzilla 2 would be coming June 8th 2018, but sadly that’s not the case anymore.
Don’t worry, it’s still coming — just not as soon.
The Wrap is reporting that Godzilla 2 has a new release date, and it’s now not coming until March 22, 2019. That delay is likely because Paramount’s Transformers 6 is also scheduled for the June 2018 weekend, and Warner Bros and Legendary want to avoid the competition. The same report also finally gives a firm release date to Godzilla vs. King Kong (which will bring Godzilla up against the version of King Kong which will appear in 2017’s Skull Island). That film is now coming out May 29, 2020.
Honestly, I’m a little excited about Legendary’s ongoing shared-kaiju universe. Frankly, the more giant monsters punching each other I can see on screen, the better. While I’m a little sad to see Godzilla 2 getting delayed, it’s obviously the best business move for the studios.
This episode of Nerd & Tie is sadly just Pher and Trae, as Nick couldn’t make it back in time from Anime Fusion to record the show. Left to their own devices, the remaining Nerds (and Ties) dig into yesterday’s all too tragic ZombiCon shooting, try to distract themselves with the new Gamera trailer, rejoices at Godzilla vs. King Kong‘s confirmation, ogle the overly detailed Man of Steel’s “Fortress of Solitude” drawn by Frank Miller, get amazed by the return of Starhunter, and recount Pher’s experiences at Anime Fusion.
Which, at the time of recording, Nick had finally left.
About a month ago, rumors began swirling that there might be a new King Kong vs. Godzilla film coming from Legendary. Well, dreams come to pass, because Warner Bros has now confirmed that not only will there be a new crossover film, and they told us when its coming.
Godzilla vs. King Kong (which inverts the title from the last time the two crossed paths) is scheduled to come to theaters in 2020. It will follow Kong: Skull Island (which comes out March 10, 2017) and Godzilla 2 (June 8, 2018), and will establish a shared universe for giant monsters at Legendary. With nothing scheduled for 2019, it makes us wonder what could fill the gap (*crosses fingers for Pacific Rim 2*).
Honestly, while I’m excited, I’m also skeptical about Godzilla vs. King Kong. While the 60s Toho production made scale modifications to King Kong, a Legendary version would have to mess with that a lot more. The Legendary version of Godzilla is up to three times larger than the classic Toho Godzilla — and King Kong just isn’t believable at that scale (or at least his stand alone story doesn’t work at that scale).
Legendary Pictures, who brought us a pretty decent Godzilla film last year, has been developing a King Kong film called Kong: Skull Island. Obviously when the people who own the American rights to Godzilla start making a King Kong movie, the first thing everyone thinks is “Let’s remake King Kong vs. Godzilla!” Well, at least everyone who realizes how expensive all the rights to Toho’s other monsters would cost Legendary.
There was one obstacle though — Legendary was making Kong with Universal, while their Godzilla franchise was over at Warner Bros.
Well, that obstacle may have gone away entirely. Deadline is reporting that Kong: Skull Island is moving over to Warner Bros.
The current rumor is that after Kong: Skull Island comes out in 2017 and Godzilla 2 in 2018, Legendary will start working on the second coming of the weirdest international crossover Kaiju film ever made.