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Warner Bros., Legendary Date King Kong, Godzilla Trilogy

'Godzilla' (Win)
<p>If any movie redeemed the idea of shooting sequels in Vegas, it was this one. Ranked as the highest-grossing film of all <em>Godzilla</em> movies to date, this 2014 remake grossed a jaw-dropping $200,676,069 in domestic and $528,676,069 in worldwide profits. In the true nature of Godzilla, the film had audiences running for their wallets even without its classic Tokyo location. Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a decent 74% rating. But what was a win for <em>Godzilla</em> ended up being a loss for Vegas as the enormous dinosaur-lizard-thing ended up destroying most of the strip. Wish fulfillment?</p>
'Godzilla 2' will hit theaters in 2018 and 'Godzilla vs. Kong' will arrive in 2020.

Legendary and Warner Bros. are officially mapping out their new cinematic franchise centered around Godzilla and King Kong.

"All-powerful monsters become towering heroes for a new generation, revealing a mythology that brings together Godzilla and Legendary’s King Kong in an ecosystem of other giant super-species, both classic and new. Monarch, the human organization that uncovered Godzilla in the 2014 film, will expand their mission across multiple releases," stated a release from the studios.

The initial trio of films will kick off with Kong: Skull Island on March 10, 2017; Godzilla 2 on June 8, 2018 and then Godzilla vs. Kong, arriving in theaters in 2020. While Legendary maintains its new home at Universal Pictures, the Godzilla films remain in partnership with Warner Bros., who will now also distribute Kong as a part of this franchise. Kong: Skull begins production on Oct. 19.

"Audiences really responded to Godzilla," stated Legendary CEO Thomas Tull. "Today, I’m excited to reveal that film was only the beginning of an epic new entertainment universe. As a lifelong fan of these characters, I’ve always wanted to see the ultimate showdown, and today we’re pleased to be announcing that and more."

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