Deadline: Legendary Moves King Kong Prequel to Warner for Godzilla Crossover
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
The entertainment news website Deadline reported on Thursday that Legendary Pictures is moving the production of its Kong: Skull Island prequel movie from Universal Studios to Warner Bros. According to Deadline, the move is being made to unite the property with Legendary's Godzilla franchise to eventually create a possible crossover movie featuring both Godzilla and King Kong.
Kong: Skull Island has so far cast Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, and Corey Hawkins. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) will direct the film, with a script by John Gatins (Real Steel, Need for Speed), Max Borenstein (2014 Godzilla), and Derek Conolly (Jurassic World). Alex Garcia and Eric McLeod are serving as executive producers. The crew aims to start production on the film by late 2015 or early 2016, and is aiming for a March 10, 2017 opening.
Legendary licensed the Godzilla film rights, and produced Gareth Edwards' 2014 Godzilla film, which opened in the United States in May 2014, and earned over US$500 million worldwide. Edwards and Legendary Pictures are planning a Godzilla sequel.
Toho already made a King Kong vs. Godzilla film in 1962 as the third installment in the Godzilla film series. Universal released the movie in the United States in 1963. Toho is now shooting its own new Godzilla film for release next summer. Evangelion director Hideaki Anno is serving as chief director and writer, and Shinji Higuchi (Japan Sinks, Nobō no Shiro, live-action Attack on Titan films) is directing the new film and serving as special effect director.