Kong: Skull Island may move to Warner Bros., setting up Godzilla crossover

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‘Kong: Skull Island’ to Move to Warner Bros. for Planned Monster Movie Universe.

Legendary Pictures is looking to move its King Kong spinoff Kong: Skull Island from Universal to Warner Bros., the latter of which holds the sequel rights to Legendary’s 2014 Godzilla film, EW has confirmed.While plot details are still vague, the story will be set in the mysterious, risky home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the island. The potential studio shift, which was first reported by Deadline, would pave the way for a monster movie shared universe in which the giant ape might one day battle the towering radioactive reptile. At the same time, Legendary is making Skull Island, a King Kong movie that is just weeks away from shooting and will star Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson, among others.

The film currently stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson and “Straight Outta Compton” actors Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell. “Skull Island” had been set up at Universal, with which Legendary currently holds its deal. Deadline reports that Tull is taking the upcoming “King Kong: Skull Island” back under the umbrella of Warner Bros.in a move to that portends a clash of the titans-like battle between Kong and “Godzilla” which now resides at WB (though it was developed through Legendary who own got the rights from Japan’s Toho Studios). When it became clear that all roads led to an eventual crossover with a series of movies on these so-called super species, talks began to move Skull Island. And now, as Warner Bros. did with the follow-up to Man of Steel, the Godzilla sequel is primed to end up as a showdown movie starring two of film’s biggest beasts. Warner Bros. is plotting its own superhero universe based on DC Comics characters, and Universal has designs on a mega-franchise featuring classic horror characters like Dracula, the Mummy, and the Wolf Man.

The move is good for Warner Bros. as it feeds the studio’s insatiable appetite for event movies and gives the studio another universe other than just the one based on the DC characters, which is just in the early stages of being made. Warner Brothers is currently putting together the next “Godzilla” film for 2018, but after that, the studio intends to make a new Godzilla vs King Kong film. Considering that the sequel to 2014’s “Godzilla” is still three years away I have to imagine that the brawl to end all will be a really long wait for the rest of us. While there are plenty of shared universes floating around in todays cinematic landscape, there’s a huge (and delightful) precedent for monster throw down movies, and it’s thrilling to think what a Kong vs Godzilla fight will look like with today’s technology. And if THR’s Boris Kyt is correct in their report on the matter, it looks like a whole cinematic monster universe is being created: This announcement raises a few important questions including, how a modern day movie depicting a fight between King Kong and Godzilla would actually work?

Legendary, the film finance and production company, had a distribution and co-production deal with Warner Bros. that wound down in 2013 but covered some films released in 2014, including director Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, which grossed $529 million worldwide. With studios now more and more interested in creating “universes” where films can cross over with one another, it makes sense that Legendary would want these two worlds colliding, especially since it had already happened in the 1962 Toho film “King Kong vs. Also, would this team-up between Legendary and Warner Bros. make a Godzilla cameo in Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim 3 an actual for-realsies possibility? Legendary latched onto the Skull Island Kong film as soon as they moved over to Universal and will remain on board the project, helping to quickly facilitate its move. Toho is also involved with this deal and the endgame here is to include the newly-revived Kong, fresh off of his upcoming Tom Hiddleston-starring film, in the studios third Godzilla movie.

It’s already known that Toho loved Gareth Edwards’ take on Godzilla last year so much that they happily licensed WB the rights to use King Ghidorah, Mothra, and Rodan in a sequel. Yep, Warner Bros., Toho, Legendary, and (I’m assuming) Gareth Edwards all want to make Godzilla 3 a modern update of the 1962 kaiju classic King Kong vs.

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