Although this is older news that the brand new Star Wars poster, I hadn’t yet gotten around to posting about Legendary’s big Godzilla announcements from earlier this week.
In a big press release on October 14th, Legendary and Warner Bros. Pictures announced a new shared cinematic universe that will combine Godzilla and some of his classic foes (King Ghidorah, Mothra, and Rodan) with a new King Kong. Gareth Edwards’ 2014 Godzilla film was successful enough to serve as the launching point for this new shared universe with the story of Monarch (the organization that discovered Godzilla and the MUTO’s in the film) continuing in Kong: Skull Island in 2017. The new King Kong movie will then be followed by Godzilla 2 in 2018 and then Godzilla VS. Kong in 2020. This will be the first time since 1962 that the fuzzy ape and the King of the Monsters have squared off; although Toho has tried several times over the years to have them fight again.
Although I would prefer to see a Godzilla/Pacific Rim Crossover or a Godzilla/Gamera film, this is really exciting news if for no other reason than we are officially in a new golden age for giant monster movies. This is an ambitious project for Legendary and Warner Bros. and I will be very curious as to see how much of a hand Gareth Edwards will have in the now revised ‘Godzilla 3’ with King Kong.
These films are still years away but it is very nice to know that there is much more Godzilla coming our way.