Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema have been building to Godzilla Vs. Kong for some time and now it looks like the iconic kaiju will be facing off even earlier than expected.
Per Deadline, Warner Bros. has bumped up the release date of Godzilla Vs. Kong by two months. Previously slated to go up against Universal’s Fast & Furious 9 and Paramount’s The SpongeBob Movie on May 22nd, 2020, the film will now come out on March 13th, 2020. The move now pits the New Line project against an untitled Blumhouse film and the untitled Gambit/X-Men movie (which likely isn’t going to happen at this point). This makes the third time that WB has shifted the release date for Godzilla Vs. Kong. Initially, it was slated for release on May 29th, 2020.
The giant monster showdown has been in the works since 2014’s Godzilla, which breathed new life into the property. In the same vein, 2017 saw the release of Kong: Skull Island, which reinvented the Kong mythos.
Warner Bros. previously announced that Adam Wingard (You’re Next, Blair Witch) would direct the film from a script written by Terry Rossio.
Meanwhile, Godzilla has his claws full. The King of the Monsters is set to take on other iconic kaiju such as King Ghidora, Mothra, Rodan, as well as a couple mysterious guest fighters, in the upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which hits theaters May 31st, 2019.
It will be interesting to see how these next two installments in WB’s Monster-verse do. The first two entries did not score impressive numbers, given their gargantuan production costs. Godzilla (2014) grossed $529 million worldwide off the back of a reported $165 budget. Similarly, Kong: Skull Island only grossed $566 at the global box office with a reported production cost of $185 million.
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