After Warner Bros. left the stage, having previewed their upcoming slate from Batman v Superman to the final Hobbit movie, their perennial partner in crime, Legendary Pictures took the stage at Comic-Con to show off what they’ve got planned over the next few years. Among their many previews were two big announcements that feature powerhouse monsters of cinema: King Kong and Godzilla.
One is getting a sequel while the other is getting a prequel.
As reported by /Film, Legendary chief Thomas Tull showed a video from Godzilla (2014) director Gareth Edwards from San Francisco (where he’s working hard on his Star Wars film) thanking “fans for supporting Godzilla and joked that while he is just doing a small little sci-fi movie next, he will return to Godzilla 2 afterwards. He also jokingly revealed a list of monsters who will be in the sequel, but the names were bleeped out.”
It was revealed shortly after that the new monsters for Godzilla 2 include three of Godzilla’s most epic foes: “the giant pteranodon kaiju Rodan, the giant divine moth kaiju Mothra and the three-headed dragon kaiju Ghidorah.” It’s noted that Tull did not explicitly confirm these monsters for the sequel, but rather suggested that these are the monsters Legendary is looking at for the next big fight. If all three landed in the next film, it would be quite… erhm… monstrous.
Before he left the stage, Tull also dished a little surprise: that Legendary is heading back to the world of King Kong with a prequel about Skull Island. In what IGN reports as Comic-Con 2014’s first true surprise, we “don’t even know who’s writing or directing the film yet, but we do know it has a release date: November 4, 2016.” IGN’s Scott Collura even goes on to suggest that these two properties, both developed by Legendary, should exist in the same universe.
The latter is purely speculation, but wouldn’t that be really cool? To have Godzilla and King Kong exist in the same cinematic universe. With Marvel Studios showing that cohesion is the rails upon which the profit train travels, wouldn’t studios want to have titans collide if they can find a clever way to pull it off? What if Godzilla 2 and Skull Island led to a 2018/2019 showdown? It wouldn’t be the first time the two monsters of the silver screen clashed, having gone head-to-head in the 1962 Japanese film King Kong vs. Godzilla.
There’s a large part of all of us who would love to see this come to fruition, I’m sure. For now, just knowing that Legendary is keeping the big guys on the big screen is good enough.