Wow. Just, wow. File this one under “Awesome Things We Never Really Thought Would Happen, But Really Are Happening.”
Deadline reports Legendary Pictures is shifting its King Kong flick Skull Island to distributor Warner Bros. The reason? It’ll cleanly unite Legendary’s other giant monster franchise, Godzilla, under the same direct umbrella — to set up a connected monster universe in which both movie legends can face off in a future sequel.
According to the report, the eventual team-up film will follow after Godzilla 2 and Skull Island, and everyone involved is working quickly to lock up all the necessary rights and contracts. Agreements are also being worked up with Japan-based Toho, rightsholder for Godzilla. For what it’s worth, Skull Island is set to open in March 2017 and Godzilla 2 is slated for July 2018. Following that trend, we’d imagine Godzilla vs. King Kong (or whatever they call it) will hit the big screen around 2019(?) Maybe?
It’s funny: With shared universes all the rage, this move is a throwback to the good ol’ days when all these beasts would cross over and beat the stew out of one another. What's old is new again, and even better, with modern technology! So are you glad to hear these two will finally share the big screen again?