Godzilla vs. Kong (2020)

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Directed by Adam Wingard
Producer(s) Mary Parent, Alex Garcia,
Eric McLeod, Brian Rogers,
Kenji Okuhira (executive),
Yoshimitsu Banno (executive),
Jon Jashni, Thomas Tull (executives)
Written by Michael Dougherty,
Terry Rossio, Zach Shields
Music by To be announced
Distributor Warner Bros., TohoJP
Rating To be announced
Budget To be announced
Box office To be added
Running time To be announced
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One will fall
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— Tagline

Godzilla vs. Kong is an upcoming 2020 American science fiction monster film produced by Legendary Pictures, and the fourth entry in the MonsterVerse. It will be released to American theaters on March 13, 2020.[1]

Description

In a time when monsters walk the Earth, humanity’s fight for its future sets Godzilla and Kong on a collision course that will see the two most powerful forces of nature on the planet collide in a spectacular battle for the ages. As Monarch embarks on a perilous mission into uncharted terrain and unearths clues to the Titans' origins, a human conspiracy threatens to wipe the creatures, both good and bad, from the face of the earth forever.[2]

Development

Rumors of a King Kong vs. Godzilla remake began as soon as Legendary Pictures announced Kong: Skull Island in 2014. On September 10, 2015, Deadline reported that the project's move from Universal Pictures to Godzilla distributor Warner Bros. was meant to facilitate a rematch between the two monsters.[3] The Hollywood Reporter published its own article on the impending crossover six days later.[4] On October 14, 2015, Legendary confirmed its intent to launch a cinematic universe featuring both Godzilla and King Kong, as well as other giant monsters including Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah. Godzilla was the first entry in this cinematic universe, later officially dubbed the MonsterVerse, and it was to be followed by Kong: Skull Island and the Godzilla sequel Godzilla: King of the Monsters before finally culminating with Godzilla vs. Kong.[5] Initially, the release date for Godzilla vs. Kong was simply given as 2020. On May 10, 2016, The Wrap reported that Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Godzilla vs. Kong had been given new release dates of March 22, 2019 and May 29, 2020, respectively.[6]

On March 10, 2017, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Legendary would be assembling a writers room to come up with the story for the film, comprised of Terry Rossio (who previously worked on the original version of TriStar's Godzilla film), Patrick McKay, J.D. Payne, Lindsey Beer, Cat Vasko, T.S. Nowlin, and J. Michael Straczynski.[7] On May 3, Warner Bros. announced that it had moved the release date for Godzilla vs. Kong up a week from May 29, 2020 to May 22.[8] Adam Wingard finalized a deal to become the film's director on May 30.[9] In an interview with ScreenCrush on August 18, he described Godzilla vs. Kong as a "massive monster brawl movie." He said the film would contain "lots of monsters going crazy on each other" but also stated "at the end of the day I want there to be an emotional drive to it."[10]

On June 1, That Hashtag Show revealed that Deadpool 2 star Julian Dennison had been cast in the film in a supporting role, while Millie Bobby Brown and Kyle Chandler would both be reprising their roles from Godzilla: King of the Monsters. The article also reported that Legendary had offered Frances McDormand a starring role in the film.[11] The following day, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed this report, save for the talks with McDormand, adding that Zhang Ziyi would be reprising her role from Godzilla: King of the Monsters as well, and that Van Marten would be joining the film's cast.[12] After That Hashtag Show claimed McDormand had been cast in July, her representatives denied her involvement.[13] That Hashtag Show later clarified in a retraction that McDormand was never in negotiations for a role and had passed on the film.[14]

Further casting announcements followed as the film neared the start of production: Brian Tyree Henry on October 10,[15] Demián Bichir on October 17,[16] Alexander Skarsgård on October 25,[17] Eiza González[18] and Rebecca Hall on October 30,[19] Jessica Henwick on November 8,[20] Shun Oguri on November 11,[21] and Lance Reddick on November 14.[22] In a SiriusXM interview on November 5, Skarsgård described his character as "not an alpha, bad-ass hero, which I thought was quite interesting. He is thrown into this very dangerous situation and is definitely not equipped for it and that makes it a bit more interesting in my opinion than had he been a bad-ass dude. He’s just a tiny, tiny human trying to survive between these two behemoths."[23]

On February 21, 2019, Warner Bros. moved up the release date of the film to March 13 to avoid competition with the ninth entry in the The Fast and the Furious franchise.[1]

On May 30, the day before the international theatrical release of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, an advertisement for Godzilla vs. Kong was shown at Licensing Expo 2019, featuring artwork of the two titular monsters battling with the tagline "One will fall." On June 17, Warner Bros. presented footage from Godzilla vs. Kong along with its other major upcoming films to European exhibitors at CineEurope. Deadline reported that Godzilla vs. Kong was set to release internationally on March 11, 2020, two days before its American debut, despite earlier comments from WB Chairman Toby Emmerich suggesting the possibility that the film could be delayed.[24]

Production

Principal photography on Godzilla vs. Kong began on November 12, 2018 in Hawaii, under the title Apex.[25] The production wrapped in Hawaii on December 20 and resumed at Village Roadshow Studios in Oxenford, Australia, in the third week of January.[26] Outdoor shoots took place at various Gold Coast locations, wrapping in early April.[27]

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  • Iowa-class battleship

References

This is a list of references for Godzilla vs. Kong. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Pedersen, Erik (15 March 2019). Warner Bros Titles ‘Annabelle’ Sequel, Dates ‘Space Jam 2’, Shifts ‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’ – Update. Deadline.
  2. Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Entertainment’s Monsterverse Shifts into Overdrive as Cameras Roll on the Next Big-Screen Adventure “Godzilla Vs. Kong”. AP News (12 November 2018).
  3. Fleming Jr, Mike (10 September 2015). King Kong On Move To Warner Bros, Presaging Godzilla Monster Matchup. Deadline.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Masters, Kim (16 September 2015). Hollywood Gorilla Warfare: It’s Universal vs. Legendary Over ‘Kong: Skull Island’ (and Who Says "Thank You"). Hollywood Reporter.
  5. LEGENDARY AND WARNER BROS. PICTURES ANNOUNCE CINEMATIC FRANCHISE UNITING GODZILLA, KING KONG AND OTHER ICONIC GIANT MONSTERS. Legendary (14 October 2015).
  6. Geier, Thom (10 May 2016). ‘Godzilla 2,’ ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Stomp Out New Release Dates. The Wrap.
  7. Kit, Borys (10 March 2017). 'Godzilla vs. Kong' Film Sets Writers Room (Exclusive). Hollywood Reporter.
  8. D'Alessandro, Anthony (3 May 2017). ‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’, ‘Game Night’ Among Many Warner Bros. Release Date Changes For 2018 & Beyond – Update. Deadline.
  9. Kit, Borys (30 May 2017). 'Godzilla vs. Kong' Finds Its Director With Adam Wingard (Exclusive). Hollywood Reporter.
  10. Whitney, E. Oliver (18 August 2017). ADAM WINGARD SAYS ‘GODZILLA VS. KONG’ WILL BE MORE EMOTIONAL THAN THE AVERAGE MONSTER MOVIE. ScreenCrush.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 Exclusive: ‘DEADPOOL 2’s’ Julian Dennison Joins ‘GODZILLA VS KONG’. That Hashtag Show (1 June 2018).
  12. Perez, Lexy (2 June 2018). 'Deadpool 2' Star Julian Dennison Joins 'Godzilla vs. Kong'. Hollywood Reporter.
  13. Teti, Julia (2 July 2018). Frances McDormand Is NOT In Godzilla vs. Kong [Updated]. Screen Rant.
  14. [UPDATED WITH RETRACTION EXCLUSIVE: Oscar Winner Frances McDormand Joins ‘GODZILLA’ Sequel]. That Hashtag Show (2 July 2018).
  15. 15.0 15.1 Kroll, Justin (10 October 2018). Brian Tyree Henry to Co-Star With Millie Bobby Brown in ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ (EXCLUSIVE). Variety.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Kit, Borys (17 October 2018). Demián Bichir Joining Millie Bobby Brown in 'Godzilla vs. Kong'. Hollywood Reporter.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Kroll, Justin (25 October 2018). Alexander Skarsgard Joins ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’. Variety.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Fleming Jr, Mike (30 October 2018). Eiza Gonzalez Joins Adam Wingard’s ‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’. Deadline.
  19. 19.0 19.1 Kroll, Justin (30 October 2018). Rebecca Hall to Star Opposite Millie Bobby Brown in ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ (EXCLUSIVE). Variety.
  20. 20.0 20.1 Kroll, Justin (8 November 2018). ‘Game of Thrones’ Actress Jessica Henwick Joins ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ (EXCLUSIVE). Variety.
  21. 21.0 21.1 Fleming Jr, Mike (11 November 2018). Japanese Star Shun Oguri Makes Hollywood Debut In ‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’. Deadline.
  22. 22.0 22.1 N'Duka, Amanda (14 November 2018). ‘Bosch’ Actor Lance Reddick Cast In ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’. Deadline.
  23. Furdyk, Brent (5 November 2018). Alexander Skarsgard Spills Details About His Role In ‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’. Entertainment Tonight Canada.
  24. Tartaglione, Nancy (17 June 2019). Warner Bros Teases ‘Joker’, ‘Birds Of Prey’, ‘Godzilla Vs Kong’; Studiocanal Goes ‘Radioactive’ – CineEurope. Deadline.
  25. @Legendary on Twitter: "Legends will collide. Production has officially begun on Godzilla vs. Kong. In theaters everywhere Summer 2020. #Godzilla"
  26. Caldwell, Felicity (18 January 2019). Godzilla vs. Kong begins filming on the Gold Coast. Brisbane Times.
  27. Valdez, Nick (10 April 2019). 'Godzilla vs. Kong' Director Confirms Production Wrap in Austraila. Comicbook.
  28. Total Film cover story, March 2019
  29. Newby, Richard (2 June 2019). How 'Godzilla: King of the Monsters' Sets Up a 'Kong' Showdown. The Hollywood Reporter.

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