When Godzilla proved a hit for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures in 2014, I got excited, because we live in the age of franchises and tentpoles, and if one Godzilla movie could work, I thought Godzilla's monster pals could one day join him on the big screen again. At Comic-Con that year, Legendary Pictures seemed to bolster my hopes, teasing the likes of King Ghidorah and Mothra in Godzilla's possible future, and also announced Kong: Skull Island, a new film that would re-introduce the legendary ape.
Almost since Skull Island was announced, fans have been pondering the possibilities of a Kong vs. Godzilla rematch, and the Hollywood rumor mill certainly kept backing up that possibility. What we didn't know was just how likely the combo was, particularly since Legendary, the studio that produced Godzilla and will produce Skull Island, moved from Warner Bros. to Universal Pictures in the interim. Now we don't have to wonder anymore.
Legendary and Warner Bros. announced today that they will team up to produce a new trilogy of monster films that will bring us all kinds of kaiju mayhem over the next five years. Kong: Skull Island will be released on March 10, 2017, followed by a Godzilla sequel on June 8, 2018. Then, in 2020, the two monsters will meet in the first Godzilla vs. King Kong movie in decades.
But that's not all. In its official announcement, Legendary noted that the Godzilla sequel will continue to focus on the Monarch organization and its attempts to uncover Earth's monster secrets. That plot element, combined with rights the company now holds to characters like Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah, means we'll likely see more classic monsters in the future.
“Audiences really responded to Godzilla," Legendary head Thomas Tull said. “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."
We don't yet know how many other monsters we'll see in the coming years, or when they'll arrive, but Legendary has teased both new and classic additions to this new Godzilla mythos. So, as exciting as Kong vs. Godzilla is, it may only be the tip of the iceberg.
(Via Legendary Pictures)