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Director Adam Wingard explains his original vision for a pre-MonsterVerse "Skull Island" movie and how he borrowed from iconic Hollywood heroes (and pro wrestling) to stage the ultimate smackdown.
Moviegoers will have to wait a little longer to see cinema's two fiercest monsters duke it out. Warner Bros. and Legendary's "Godzilla vs. Kong" has been delayed eight months and will now hit theaters Nov. 20, 2020. The film was previously dated for March 13, 2020. Directed by Adam Wingard, "Godzilla vs. Kong" is the […]
(We’ve got some big ole spoilers for “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” in this article)“Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” despite being probably the most insane and epic and bizarre movie we’ll see all year, is a bit of a disappointment at the box office so far. But if you loved the latest monster mashup from Warner Bros, don’t worry — there’s still at least one more of these things on the way.The next movie in this MonsterVerse franchis has already been filmed and is on the calendar for next year. And that movie is “Godzilla vs Kong.” As in King Kong. So of course we know the most basic premise of the next chapter.Knowing that that movie is next up makes the post-credits scene on “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” a bit confusing since it does not tease or even mention King Kong. Instead, it shows us the villainous Jonah Alan (Charles Dance) returning to Isla de Mara — the site of Rodan’s awakening and the second of three big fights between Godzilla and Ghidorah. He’s there to procure a bit of carnage that was left over from the battle: Ghidorah’s severed head.Also Read: Top 10 Highest-Grossing Monster Movies, From 'Godzilla' to 'King Kong' (Photos)You could be forgiven for forgetting that Godzilla bit off one of Ghidorah’s heads during that fight because Ghidorah immediately grew a new head and didn’t appear to be hampered at all by the setback for the rest of the film. But yeah, he lost a head and some people found it, and Alan’s ecoterrorist group has some inevitably nefarious reason for wanting it.So what does this mean for “Godzilla vs. Kong”? Well, it’s easy to guess that the core conflict of the film will not actually end up being between Godzilla and King Kong — my assumption was always that the film would play out like “Batman v Superman,” which saw the two heroes put aside their differences in order to team up and face the real threat. Godzilla and King Kong will duke it out, sure, but then they’ll have to fight together against something else.What the post-credits scene on “King of the Monsters” implies is that that “something else” will be sparked by the antagonist human characters. It would be in keeping with the themes of this series thus far for the ultimate threat in what is apparently the last currently planned movie in this series to be a human one — these things have gone all on on “the real monsters are people.”Also Read: 'Godzilla: King of the Monsters' Film Review: Hollywood Finally Gets Kaiju RightWhat Alan and his merry band of bad guys actually plan to do with Ghidorah’s head is anyone’s guess, though. But since presumably whatever it is will be a big enough thing to challenge the combined might of King Kong, Godzilla, and Godzilla’s new group of titanic followers, I assume it will be spectacular.We won’t have to wait all that long to find out, thankfully. “Godzilla vs Kong” lands in theaters less than a year from now, on March 13, 2020. That film is directed by Adam Wingard, and will bring back most of the “King of the Monsters” cast while also bringing in Alexander Skarsgard, Lance Reddick, Danai Gurira, Rebecca Hall, Damien Bechir, Bryan Tyree Henry, Jessica Henwick and Eiza Gonzalez. Get that hype train rolling now.Read original story ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Post-Credits Scene Explained At TheWrap
The classic monsters have been given new life at Warner Bros., but the returns are already diminishing on a massive scale. Here's how to fix it.
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest iteration of the Godzilla franchise took over the top spot from "Aladdin" and roared louder than Elton John at the weekend box office, but it still left a notably smaller footprint on North American theaters than its city-wrecking predecessors.
It’s the battle of the big-studio franchises! Universal announced on Friday that it had moved the release of the ninth “Fast & Furious” movie from April 10, 2020, to May 22, 2020.That puts it smack up against Warner Bros.’ pricey monster mashup, “Godzilla vs. Kong,” as well as Paramount’s kiddie-skewing latest “The SpongeBob Movie.”Justin Lin is attached to direct the ninth (and tenth) installment in the fast-moving franchise, with Jordana Brewster, a.k.a. Mia Toretto, also returning to the series opposite her onscreen brother (Vin Diesel). Mia was last seen in “Furious 7,” retiring from the family business to start a family with Brian O’Connor, played by the late Paul Walker.Also Read: 'Hobbs and Shaw': Dwayne Johnson Gets Back in Driver's Seat in First Trailer (Video)The new “Furious” squares off against another pricey studio franchise: “Godzilla vs. Kong,” the fourth installment of the Legendary and Warner Bros. cinematic universe, which Adam Wingard will direct.Demian Bichir, Alexander Skarsgard and Brian Tyree Henry have signed on to star in the new film, which follows this May’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” with Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga and Millie Bobby Brown.“Godzilla” brought in $529 million globally after it was released in 2014. “Kong: Skull Island” was released March 10, 2017, and grossed more than $565 million worldwide.Also Read: All 8 'Fast & Furious' Movies, Ranked Worst to Best (Photos)Meanwhile, the eight “Fast & Furious” films have collectively grossed more than $5 billion worldwide. “Hobbs & Shaw,” a spinoff film from director David Leitch starring series regulars Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, drives into theaters on Aug. 2.Read original story ‘Fast & Furious 9’ Moves Back a Month for Summer 2020 Faceoff With ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ At TheWrap
Warner Bros. hopes to keep the good buzz alive after the critical success of Gareth Edwards' 2014 "Godzilla."
Alexander Skarsgard is in negotiations to join Millie Bobby Brown and Brian Tyree Henry in Legendary’s “Godzilla vs. Kong,” sources tell Variety. Adam Wingard is directing the film, which also stars “Deadpool 2” actor Julian Dennison. Plot details are vague, but the actioner will feature the two titular classic monsters squaring off in some form. […]
Sure, it's fun to watch Godzilla, Rodan, and Mothra square off against King Ghidorah, but amid all the monster mayhem there is a message.
The sequel to 2014's "Godzilla" reboot is set to terrorize the popular "Stranger Things" actress.
The man behind the monster has died: Haruo Nakajima, who wore the Godzilla bodysuit for every “Godzilla” film from the original to 1972’s “Godzilla vs. Gigan,” has died at 88. The International Business Times was among several media outlets reporting his death. Nakajima’s career began in samurai and war films, notably “Seven Samurai” by Akira... <a href="http://variety.com/2017/film/news/godzilla-suit-haruo-nakajima-dead-dies-1202517648/" title="Read Haruo Nakajima, Man Inside Godzilla Suit, Dies at 88">Read more »</a><img src="http://media.zenfs.com/en_US/Entertainment/Variety/pc17#038;c26035310#038;c310000#038;cv2.0#038;cj1" class="editorial"/>
Adam Wingard, who made a name for himself with low-budget horror thrillers such as You’re Next and The Guest, is going big for his next movie. The director has closed a deal to helm Godzilla vs. Kong, Legendary Entertainment and Warner Bros.’ team-up of two of the big-screen’s most popular movie monsters. Legendary, with Warners, is in the middle of building their monster universe centered on classic silver screen creatures Godzilla and King Kong.
Here is the movie coming to theaters on March 10! Only one wide release this week: Kong: Skull Island (PG-13). This new approach to the Kong legend follows a team of soldiers, scientists, and adventurers as they clash with all sorts of monsters, including the giant ape himself.
Cinema’s great big ape returns to thrash and stomp in Friday’s Kong: Skull Island. The action extravaganza follows a group of humans led by John Goodman and Corey Hawkins’s researchers from the secret government organization Monarch, along with mercenary James Conrad (Tom Hiddleston), war photographer Mason Weaver (Brie Larson), and military commander Preston Packard (Samuel L. Jackson), as they find themselves in titanic trouble after visiting the remote island home of the legendary gorilla. ...
The gritty details of a 2008 documentary amount the men who played Japan's fiery monster in pre-CGI days are worth revisiting in the wake of 'Kong: Skull Island'
Mix King Kong with The Lost World, spike it with a bracing dash of Apocalypse Now and you’ve got Kong: Skull Island, in which Warner Bros. finally gets the effects-driven fantasy adventure formula right again after numerous misfires. Leagues better than Peter Jackson’s bloated, three-hour Kong of 2005, this one looks poised for strong returns and potential sequels co-starring hinted-at monsters from movie lore. It may have seemed like a stretch to entrust this giant project to a director whose career hitherto consisted of one small, kid-centric Sundance film, the 2013 The Kings of Summer.
It’s a Netflix reunion of sorts: Kyle Chandler, star of “Bloodline,” is set to join “Stranger Things” break-out Millie Bobby Brown in Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” sources tell Variety. Chandler will play Brown’s father in the Legendary sequel. “Krampus” helmer Michael Dougherty is directing the project and wrote the script with Zach Shields. Aaron... <a href="http://variety.com/2017/film/news/kyle-chandler-millie-bobby-brown-in-godzilla-king-of-the-monsters-exclusive-1201988190/" title="Read Kyle Chandler to Co-Star as Millie Bobby Brown’s Dad in ‘Godzilla’ Sequel (EXCLUSIVE)">Read more »</a><img src="http://media.zenfs.com/en_US/Entertainment/Variety/pc17#038;c26035310#038;c310000#038;cv2.0#038;cj1" class="editorial"/>
By Dave McNary Warner Bros. and Legendary are teaming up on a 2020 movie Godzilla vs. Kong, representing the official unification of the two monster franchises. The companies jointly announced Wednesday that the basis for the film would be an “ecosystem” of giant super-species, both classic and new, as the Monarch organization that uncovered Godzilla in the 2014 film expands its mission in multiple releases. The announcement noted that while Legendary maintains its new home at Universal Pictures, the Godzilla films and the Kong origin film will be distributed via Warner Bros. Production on Kong: Skull Island, which had been at Universal until recently, begins Oct. 19.