Godzilla vs. King Kong
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Following the mediocre box office performance of Godzilla vs. Biollante in 1989, Toho planned to try and make their next Godzilla film as profitable as possible. For this reason, they chose to remake their most successful film, King Kong vs. Godzilla, under the title Godzilla vs. King Kong. Details of the plot are mostly unknown, however according to an interview with designer Shinji Nishikawa, King Kong would have fallen in love with a human scientist, who would later convert him into a cyborg, an idea loosely repackaged and used in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah.
However, Turner Entertainment, by then the copyright owner of the original King Kong, approached Toho and demanded royalties for the use of the character. Toho, unwilling to pay for the rights to Kong, instead decided to revive Godzilla's most popular opponent, King Ghidorah, for the film Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah. Toho later considered several projects pitting Godzilla against Mechani-Kong, Kong's mechanical doppelganger from King Kong Escapes, but found that even using Kong's likeness would be difficult. This also led them to revive Mechagodzilla.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The legal issues that blocked the production of this film came at a time where companies like Universal Pictures and Turner Entertainment were fighting over the rights to King Kong and his likeness, one well-known dispute being Universal's legal battle with Nintendo over their character Donkey Kong. Although Universal emerged with the majority of the character rights to Kong, it was Turner who blocked Toho's use of the character. Bandai's figure of the 1962 King Kong even included a copyright disclaimer attributing the character to Turner.
- A remake of King Kong vs. Godzilla by Legendary Pictures, Godzilla vs. Kong, was released by Warner Bros. in 2021.
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