Before American audiences were taught the word “kaiju” (or, daikaiju, for that matter), they had already fallen in love with King Kong. The 1933 film became an instant classic, thanks to its (at the time) cutting edge special effects, a strange but somehow relatable creature, and the actress who stole the heart of the beast, Fay Wray. One of the most memorable scenes of the film, as well as its 2005 remake, is a battle between Kong and a Tyrannosaurus on the long hidden Skull Island. Over 20 years later, in 1954, audiences would fall in love with another reptilian giant, Godzilla. After witnessing the spectacle of Kong vs. dinosaur years before, monster movie fanatics were chomping at the bit to see the giant ape take on this new threat and in 1962, it finally happened. Now, over 50 years later, the big screen behemoths will be sharing some screen time again, for the rematch of the century.
The news comes from Deadline, who is reporting that the upcoming King Kong feature, Skull Island, has moved to Warner Bros., which makes Godzilla and King Kong studio roommates. Apparently, the move from Universal was made in an attempt to create that magical and coveted “shared universe” that pretty much every major studio is aiming for, thanks to the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Considering Kong’s long history with Universal, including the beast’s appearance in the famous Universal Studios Lot Tour, it is a bit of a shock that the studio would let this happen but, hey, money talks. That being said, while the Skull Island project was initially being developed for Universal, the fact is that at this point, King Kong has become public domain, so it is also possible that Universal just had the rug pulled from under them. No word from Universal as of yet but they are sure to voice their position fairly soon.
As of now, the movie mashup, which comes on the heels of the announcement of another huge blockbuster monster mashup, Rampage (based on the video game of the same name), is in the early planning stages and audiences will likely see the sequel to 2014’s Godzilla, as well as Skull Island, much sooner than we see the monsters battling in the ring but chances are that it will be worth the wait. Curious how the original went down? Take a gander!
Chances are that the effects may be a bit better this time around. Maybe.
Are you excited for the battle? Which other Godzilla adversaries would you like to see return to the big screen?