In the annals of giant, city-stomping monsters there are perhaps two names which vie for the title of King of the Monsters - Godzilla and King Kong.
In more recent years, thanks to Gareth Edwards 2014 reboot, it has been Godzilla who has ascended the throne of urban destruction and claimed the monster crown. However, perhaps a usurper is in on the warpath?
According to Deadline, Legendary Pictures has moved their King Kong reboot, Kong: Skull Island, from Universal to Warner Bros. which will allow them to "unite the property with Legendary’s other giant franchise, Godzilla." So, yes, it seems Legendary are eager to let Godzilla and King fight.
Deadline states that the movie is being fast-tracked and will go into production after Edwards' 2018 Godzilla sequel. They added:
"I’m told this is happening very quickly with moves going all the way to Japan, where Godzilla rights holder Toho is based."
Of course, this isn't the first time Godzilla and Kong have met on the cinematic field of battle. Toho's famous 1962 monster mash-up King Kong vs. Godzilla was the studio's most lucrative Godzilla movie ever, even if it didn't quite win over the critics. No doubt Legendary are hoping to grab a kaiju sized slice of this cash by re-combining the two extremely well-known characters. You can see what it looked like when the titanic Kong and Godzilla first clashed in 1962 below:
But, what would this most massive of serpent-vs-simmian skirmishes look like in the 21st century? Well, pretty epic I can image. Unfortunately, Legendary may have kind of shot themselves in the foot with Edwards' reboot.
The 2014 movie souped up Godzilla to previously unthought of dimensions, creating the biggest Godzilla yet at 120-150 meters tall. Alternatively, traditionally King Kong probably only clocks in at a maximum of 50 meters. Therefore, Legendary might have to tweak with the scale and story a bit to make a King Kong versus Godzilla slap-around remotely equal. If we want to get a look at what a CGI filled Kong-Godzilla bout will look like, Peter Jackson's 2005 King Kong might be the best place to start.
Considering King Kong vs. Godzilla is due after Edwards' 2018 sequel, we probably shouldn't get too excited just yet, as we've probably got around 5 more years to wait. Despite this, do you think pitting Godzilla against Kong is a good idea?
Godzilla vs King Kong. Where are you placing your money?