Legendary and Warner Bros. Pictures have officially revealed that they are merging Godzilla & Kong franchises, and revealed the release dates for the trilogy.
Following Godzilla’s (2014) success at global box office & breaking the records for the highest weekend debuts for a disaster film and a creature feature.
Godzilla finished its global run with $328 million from international markets, giving it a worldwide total of $528 million and making it the fourteenth highest grossing film of 2014 worldwide.
“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 trilogy begins with Kong: Skull Island in 2017, with Godzilla 2 following in 2018 and then Godzilla vs. Kong, set for 2020 release. ”
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 19.”
“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.
When Legendary announced films centered on Godzilla and Kong, fans all over the world speculated these two characters might one day meet in the same film. Classic Toho monsters including King Ghidorah, Mothra, and Rodan, as announced at Comic-Con 2014, may also join the Legendary pantheon of giant monster mayhem going forward.”
“Audiences really responded to Godzilla,” stated Legendary CEO, Thomas Tull. 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.”
“Working with our partners at Legendary, we enjoyed tremendous creative and commercial success with `Godzilla,’ said Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros., Kevin Tsujihara.
It’s great to be able to revisit these characters and help create a franchise with so many creative possibilities for filmmakers. Fans love these big, globally iconic films and it doesn’t get any bigger than this.”
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Source: Press Release.