More Details Surface About the King Kong/Godzilla Cinematic Universe

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 - 1:11PM
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Wednesday, 16 September 2015 - 1:11PM
More Details Surface About the King Kong/Godzilla Cinematic Universe
Reports recently surfaced that Legendary is planning to make a Batman v Superman-esque crossover of their two main monster properties: Godzilla and King Kong in an extremely mismatched mash-up. Now, according to THR's tell-all about the falling out between Legendary and Universal, Kong: Skull Island and the Godzilla sequel will be the first two films in a planned trilogy that will create a Godzilla/King Kong "universe."

The films are all part of a three-picture with Warner Bros., who wants to pave the way for a Godzilla versus King Kong movie by including Monarch, the governmental agency in the 2014 Godzilla reboot, in the upcoming Kong: Skull Island:

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Now that Legendary has moved Kong, that settles a brewing argument over the script's references to Monarch, the secret government entity in Godzilla that employed the characters played by Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins. Obviously, the inclusion of Monarch in Kong is a move to tie the ape into a hoped-for Godzilla "universe." Warners, which held onto the right to participate in any Godzilla sequel, did not relish the idea of a Godzilla element in a Universal-backed Kong movie.
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There's one tiny (or rather, very large) logistical problem: the two monsters are hopelessly mismatched. 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. But then again, we do have a similar situation in Batman v Superman, so maybe King Kong will just be really rich and intelligent and have lots of cool gadgets.

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"There were funny comments about him having to be the size of the Empire State Building instead of hanging off of it," says a studio insider. But a source close to [Legendary CEO Thomas] Tull says Legendary is confident it can come up with a rationale to explain how Kong and Godzilla can do battle - and possibly become allies.
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Kong: Skull Island is set to hit theaters on March 10, 2017, while the Godzilla sequel is slated for June 8, 2018.
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