The poster for 1962's "King Kong vs. Godzilla." Today, Legendary and Warner Bros. are planning a reboot pitting the two monsters against each other (Archive Photo).
LOS ANGELES - Following Legendary's and Warner Bros.'s 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.