Given the success of Gareth Edwards' Godzilla reboot last year (Godzilla earned $524 million worldwide), it's no surprise that Japan's favorite monster is returning to the silver screen with a sequel set to hit theaters in 2018.
The big surprise came this week with the announcement made by Legendary Films that it's moving it's planned Kong sequel (Working title: Kong of Skull Island), to Warner Bros. Why, you ask? Well it was all done to unite Legendary Films' two giant monster properties under one roof and one universe— And you know what that means...
Yes folks, Legendary plans to follow the Godzilla sequel with a pairing of the titanic duo in a ultimate monster movie smackdown, pitting the champion of Skull Island with the heavy weight contender of Japan.
Of course, the last time the two screen monsters appeared together on the silver screen was in Toho Productions' 1962 classic, King Kong Vs Godzilla. In what was probably the worst gorilla costume in film history, both Godzilla and Kong (who grew from around 25 feet tall to over 400 feet tall for the film), destroyed model city after model city in the first color Godzilla feature film (and Godzilla's third outing).
As for the Kong sequel, the cast is taking shape with Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston and Corey Hawkins all onboard. Tom Wilkinson, Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly are looking like they'll sign on to the adventure as well. Jordan Vogt-Roberts is directing. John Gatins and Max Borenstein have written the screenplay. Production on Kong of Skull Island (or Kong: Skull Island) is set to start in early 2016.