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Legendary and Warner Bros. Announce Franchise Uniting Godzilla, King Kong, and Others

KONG: SKULL ISLAND confirmed for 2017, GODZILLA 2 for 2018, GODZILLA VS. KONG for 2020

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Following Legendary’s and Warner Bros. Pictures’ 2014 success with the global reinvention of the Godzilla franchise, the companies have come together to create an epic, new shared cinematic franchise. All-powerful monsters become towering heroes for a new generation, revealing a mythology that brings together Godzilla and Legendary’s King Kong in an ecosystem of other giant super-species, both classic and new. Monarch, the human organization that uncovered Godzilla in the 2014 film, will expand their mission across multiple releases.

The announcement that the reinvention of monsters continues was made today by Legendary CEO, Thomas Tull and Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros. The initial trio of films are 2017’s KONG: SKULL ISLAND, GODZILLA 2 in 2018 and then GODZILLA VS. KONG, arriving in theaters in 2020. While Legendary maintains its new home at Universal Pictures, the GODZILLA films remain in partnership with Warner Bros., who will now also distribute KONG as a part of this franchise. Production on KONG: SKULL ISLAND begins October 19th.

Warner Bros. and Legendary released Godzilla in May 2014 with an agreement to release Godzilla 2 on June 8, 2018. Both films feature the human Monarch organization. Shortly following Legendary’s pact with NBC Universal, Legendary acquired rights to additional classic characters from Toho’s Godzilla universe, including Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah. This paved the way for developing a franchise centered around Monarch and anchored by Godzilla, King Kong, and other famous creatures.

When Legendary announced films centered on Godzilla and Kong, fans all over the world speculated these two characters might one day meet in the same film. Classic Toho monsters including King Ghidorah, Mothra, and Rodan, as announced at Comic-Con 2014, may also join the Legendary pantheon of giant monster mayhem going forward.

“Audiences really responded to Godzilla,” stated Tull. “Today, I’m excited to reveal that film was only the beginning of an epic new entertainment universe. As a lifelong fan of these characters, I’ve always wanted to see the ultimate showdown, and today we’re pleased to be announcing that and more.”

“Working with our partners at Legendary, we enjoyed tremendous creative and commercial success with `Godzilla,’” said Tsujihara. “It’s great to be able to revisit these characters and help create a franchise with so many creative possibilities for filmmakers. Fans love these big, globally iconic films and it doesn’t get any bigger than this.”

About the Productions

KONG: SKULL ISLAND stars Tom Hiddleston, Sam Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman, Tian Jing, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, John Ortiz, Shea Whigham, and Toby Kebbell. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and written by Max Borenstein, John Gatins, Dan Gilroy, and Derek Connolly, KONG: SKULL ISLAND will fully immerse audiences in the mysterious and dangerous home of the king of the apes as a team of explorers ventures deep inside the treacherous, primordial island. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce with Mary Parent. Alex Garcia and Eric McLeod will executive produce. Warner Bros. will distribute the film in 3D and IMAX 3D on March 10, 2017.

GODZILLA 2 will be written by Max Borenstein and directed by Gareth Edwards. Legendary is producing with Mary Parent and Alex Garcia will executive produce. The film is set to be released by Warner Bros. on June 8, 2018.

GODZILLA VS. KONG will be released in 2020.

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Godzilla V. Kong: Dawn of Monsters.

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Ohhhhhhhhhh shhhhhiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

~MiB

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Let them fight

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Yes, yes, yes. And now, now, now!

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Sounds neat... Now, where's Pacific Rim 2? :-P

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King Kong is like the size of Godzilla's big toe.......

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Awesome, but I believe that's a mismatch in Big G's favor lol

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How can a Godzilla vs. King Kong film work, Kong is only around 50 feet tall, Godzilla is so much larger, he could just step on Kong and kill him. And even if Kong was the same size Godzilla could still just turn to ash with his radiation breath. Sorry but I'm one of the few fans who doesn't want the two to cross over.

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Godzilla V. Kong: Dawn of Monsters.

I smiled.

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Isn't kong dead? Or did I miss something? And lets hope Godzilla doesn't use his atomic breath.

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King Kong better kill that lizard.

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It's happening...it's actually happening!!!

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IDK how I feel about this, but I really liked the 2014 Godzilla movie

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IDK how I feel about this, but I really liked the 2014 Godzilla movie

me too!

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Honestly this sounds like one of the best ideas ever, we will see if they can land the execution though.

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Yeah really looking forward to a movie where Godzilla fights King Kong for 30 seconds and then gets overshadowed by a romance plot...

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I thought the 2014 Godzilla movie was boring, Godzilla himself barely rated enough screen time to qualify as a cameo. See what they do with this but I'm not really optimistic.

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Sounds neat... Now, where's Pacific Rim 2? :-P

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This could be great.

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redoing all the classics basically? soo nothing new..... well I guess I wouldn't mind seeing these. Maybe I might be a little older then some of you but none of you remember the original Godzilla vs King kong? while it was made way before I was born im sure I used to love watching that as well as all the other monster movies when I was a kid.

So yea I more then likely guess i'll be seeing the new ones

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Could be pretty awesome.

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So...

Pacific Rim X Godzilla?!!

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Awesome.

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With the exception of the solo Godzilla films, I see this all falling flat on its face. A passionless, phoned-in attempt to replicate Marvel's success with its "cinematic universe".

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Like any other monster versus monster movie, neither will die. Still, it's nice.

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It seems everything we love is getting a cinematic universe. This will be good, BTW! Hopefully MechaGodzilla will be in the mix....It'll be like a monster-sized Hulk Vs Hulkbuster-style clash.

Godzilla V. Kong: Dawn of Monsters.

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@nervmeister: Not at all, these two have Crossed over before, long before the MCU.

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Yes. Very much yes.

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Isn't Godzilla way, way bigger than King Kong? King Kong climbed a sky scraper. Godzilla goes through Skyscrapers.

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Godzilla V. Kong: Dawn of Monsters.

Does it lead up to the Destruction League?

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Unless I see giant robots (i.e. MechaGodzilla, Jet Jaguar, etc.) in these future Godzilla movies, I'm going to be mad cause it don't look like Pacific Rim 2 is happening.

Then again since Japan is also making Godzilla movies (with assistance form the Evangelion creator), maybe I can get some Mecha from them if America disappoints.

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Drop Kong, Godzilla vs Gamera or bust!!!

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Will see in theaters, guaranteed.

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Nice

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This is awesome news.

Still going to wait for the Pacific Rim 2 announcement.

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@granitesoldier: PR2 has been "halted indefinitely," but del Toro says it hasn't been cancelled.

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Kong apparently did some serious growing.

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Stop bringing up Pacific Rim, that was one of the worst movies I've ever seen.

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@xwraith: You are just the Herald of good news sir.

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It's.... simply glorious...

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Godzilla will still stomp Kong, Don't get me wrong KK is cool but he's not in the same league as Godzilla.

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So...

Pacific Rim X Godzilla?!!

My thoughts exactly! Jaegers vs King Kong vs Godzilla vs Cthulhu !

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@granitesoldier: I noticed. It seems so different from how I'm usually seen here.

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No one yet to comment on the stupid title Kong instead of King Kong...?

Guess it will have to be me..

Sigh...Here it goes:

WTf is it called Kong and not King Kong!!!

THat's is like calling Iron Man just Man!!!

Change it Warner Brothers!!!
Whew,,finally got that out.

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as much as i love this idea, this version of Godzilla is WAAAAAY too big for Kong to put up a decent fight. at least if they still want him to be small enough to climb the Empire State Building without crushing it

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