“Sharing” isn’t something that Godzilla and King Kong are necessarily good at, but from now on the two giant monsters will be existing in a shared universe. Still, don’t expect them to play nice.
Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. announced Wednesday that the two studios had joined forces to allow the behemoths to clash.
Monarch, the organization that discovered Godzilla in Gareth Edwards’ 2014 film, will represent the tiny humans in this new mythology, which will play out — at least initially — over three movies.
The first, Kong: Skull Island, arrives in 2017, followed by Godzilla 2 in 2018, and then the team-up (or beat-down) Godzilla vs. Kong, which is set to reach theaters in 2020.
Legendary has also secured rights to other kaiju from Godzilla creator Toho studios in Japan, including the pteranodon Rodan, the giant, fluttering Mothra, and the three-headed dragon King Ghidorah.
Skull Island, which begins shooting on Monday, stars Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman, Tian Jing, Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, John Ortiz, Shea Whigham, and Toby Kebbell. It will be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, best known for the 2013 indie comedy The Kings of Summer.
Godzilla 2 will be written by Max Borenstein, who co-wrote Skull Island, and will be directed again by Edwards, who is currently working on Star Wars: Rogue One.
The team-up, Godzilla vs. Kong, doesn’t yet have a filmmaker or cast attached.