A King Kong Versus Godzilla Movie Is Actually Happening

Friday, 11 September 2015 - 10:15AM
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Friday, 11 September 2015 - 10:15AM
A King Kong Versus Godzilla Movie Is Actually Happening
There have been rumors (or more like wishful thinking) about a Godzilla/Pacific Rim crossover, but now it seems that an entirely different- and kind of random- monster mash-up is happening. The King Kong Skull Island film is moving from Universal to Warner Bros in order to build a cinematic universe that will lead to a showdown between Godzilla and King Kong.

Mashing up various classic properties has proven to be a foolproof method for huge box office returns, so this only makes sense. What doesn't make sense is the actual pairing, since King Kong seems a little outmatched. In the 2014 version, Godzilla is a nuke-breathing lizard that is approximately the size of a skyscraper, while King Kong is essentially just a big gorilla who died from falling off of a skyscraper in the 2005 film. It's not without precedent, as there was a Godzilla versus King Kong film in 1962, but it does seem like a Pacific Rim crossover would be a little bit more of a fair fight.

The franchise will continue from the 2014 Godzilla film and the upcoming Kong: Skull Island, which is set to star geek favorite Tom Hiddleston, Walking Dead actor Corey Hawkins, as well as Brie Larson, who is about to hit it big with her star-making turn in the psychological thriller Room. Tom Wilkinson, John C. Reilly, and Samuel L. Jackson have also been offered major roles after the departure of J.K. Simmons and Michael Keaton. 

No details about the plot have been released, except that it will portray the "cinematic origins" of King Kong, and if previous films are any indication, it may be an origin story for other creatures as well. Various incarnations of Skull Island, King Kong's home before he was brought into civilization, have appeared in films over the years, most of them featuring other impossibly large and often prehistoric creatures, such as dinosaurs, giant crabs, giant spiders, giant snakes, giant crickets, giant tapeworms, and giant pirahnas.

Kong: Skull Island is set to hit theaters on March 10, 2017.
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