2:12pm PT by Rebecca Ford
Warner Bros., Legendary Date King Kong, Godzilla Trilogy
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."