The concept has been cooking for sometime now and finally, the concept is on the horizon of reality. The title characters of the upcoming Godzilla sequel and King Kong: Skull Island will meet on a field of their own choosing to do battle worthy enough of concession stand popcorn consumption. Warner Bros. has decided that the upcoming King Kong: Skull Island feature is worthy of their backing, which is enough to kickstart a cinematic clash of the monolithic movie monsters.
I’m told this is happening very quickly with moves going all the way to Japan, where Godzilla rights holder Toho is based. Legendary, which moved from Warner Bros to Universal, had developed the Skull Island film at the latter studio. It is unclear at the moment what Universal’s position will be, but I heard the studio move is being done because it is just easier to have all the pieces under one roof, something that Marvel Studios has done with superheroes like The Hulk. King Kong is in the public domain, while Legendary got the Godzilla rights from Toho.
Gareth Edwards will return to direct the sequel to the 2014 reboot and he is bringing Max Borenstein back to write the screenplay, who happens to be writing the screenplay for King Kong: Skull Island, alongside Derek Connelly, John Gatins and Dan Gilroy, for Jordan Vogt-Roberts.
King Kong: Skull Island is due in theaters in 2017 and stars Jason Mitchell, Corey Hawkins, Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Toby Kebbell and Samuel L. Jackson. The Godzilla sequel doesn’t have a cast yet, but everything is on track to make its 2018 release date.