'Godzilla vs. Kong' Moves Up 2 Months to March

The Warner Bros. and Legendary film opens March 26.

Two legendary monsters will collide sooner than expected, with Warner Bros. moving up Godzilla vs. Kong two months to March 26. The tentpole had previously been set for May.

Godzilla vs. Kong will be in theaters and on HBO Max day and date, as part of Warner Bros.' unprecedented deal, announced in December, to send its entire 2021 slate to the streaming service.

On Jan. 8, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Warners was nearing financial terms with Legendary, its partner on the movie, with respect to the release of the $165 million-plus tentpole to allow it to be part of the HBO Max deal. Legendary financed 75 percent of the film, but Warners controls its release, and had previously blocked a $225 million streaming offer from Netflix, sources told THR at the time.

Godzilla vs. Kong follows Godzilla (2014), Kong: Skull Island (2017) and Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019). The film is from director Adam Wingard, who also helmed Netflix's Death Note and horror projects You're Next and The Guest. It stars Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall and Kyle Chandler.