The King of the Monsters is going to face off against the 8th Wonder of the World. Deadline reports Legendary Pictures is moving Kong: Skull Island from Universal Pictures to Warner Bros. Pictures with the plan to eventually have the two clash in a shared universe. Everything is a shared universe these days, but you won’t see us complaining about today’s news. Watching massive monsters duke it out never gets old.
It sounds like the crossover is still in early days, but if everything goes according to plan, we’ll see Skull Island in 2017, a Godzilla sequel in 2018, and then a third film that would pit the two monsters against each other.
The last time we saw King Kong onscreen was back in 2005, culminating in the giant ape’s death. Skull Island is meant to be a origin story of sorts, and will presumably introduce a different beast separate from the ape we saw in Peter Jackson’s movie. Given the size of Godzilla, it’s going to be interesting to see how the filmmakers mess with scale.
King Kong and Godzilla actually faced off before in a 1962 Japanese film, and they were presented to be roughly the same size. It seems a little unbelievable we’ll see a King Kong as large as Godzilla, but the ape probably isn’t going to be just a fraction, either. I’m all for suspension of disbelief, but the filmmakers will certainly need to get this one right when Kong: Skull Island rolls around.
Who knows, maybe the two will end up being best buddies in the end. Warner Bros. is setting up a Justice League universe with next year’s Batman v Superman; perhaps the same thing will happen here. It’s highly unlikely the studio would pit King Kong against Godzilla and kill one of them off. So that begs the question: which big monsters will they do battle against?
Maybe they’ll wind up helping Charlie Hunnam in the next Pacific Rim, which has coincidentally been delayed. Now that would be a pretty epic crossover.