Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)

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Directed by Adam Wingard
Producer(s) Mary Parent, Alex Garcia,
Eric McLeod, Brian Rogers;
Kenji Okuhira, Yoshimitsu Banno,
Jon Jashni, Thomas Tull (executives)
Written by Eric Pearson, Max Borenstein (script);
Terry Rossio, Michael Dougherty,
Zach Shields (story)[1]
Music by Junkie XL[2]
Distributor Warner Bros., TohoJP
Rating PG-13[3]
Budget $160[4]-200 million[5]
Box office To be added
Running time 113 minutes[6]
(1 hour, 53 minutes)[7]
Aspect ratio 2.39:1
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One will fall

— Tagline

Godzilla vs. Kong (ゴジラVSコング) is an upcoming 2021 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 31, 2021,[8] becoming available to stream via HBO Max the same day for a period of one month.[9] It will be distributed to theaters in Japan by Toho on May 14, 2021.

The second film to pit Godzilla and King Kong against each other, Godzilla vs. Kong will be the culmination of every entry in Legendary and Warner Bros.' MonsterVerse so far. When Godzilla and Kong engage in a battle for supremacy, Monarch embarks on a quest to discover the Titans' origins while a human conspiracy threatens to wipe out all of the ancient creatures.


Legends collide in “Godzilla vs. Kong” as these mythic adversaries meet in a spectacular battle for the ages, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Kong and his protectors undertake a perilous journey to find his true home, and with them is Jia, a young orphaned girl with whom he has formed a unique and powerful bond. But they unexpectedly find themselves in the path of an enraged Godzilla, cutting a swath of destruction across the globe. The epic clash between the two Titans—instigated by unseen forces—is only the beginning of the mystery that lies deep within the core of the Earth.[10]


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.[11] The Hollywood Reporter published its own article on the impending crossover six days later.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14]

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.[15] 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.[16] Adam Wingard finalized a deal to become the film's director on May 30.[17] 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."[18]

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.[19] 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.[20] After That Hashtag Show claimed McDormand had been cast in July, her representatives denied her involvement.[21] That Hashtag Show later clarified in a retraction that McDormand was never in negotiations for a role and had passed on the film.[22]

Further casting announcements followed as the film neared the start of production: Brian Tyree Henry on October 10,[23] Demián Bichir on October 17,[24] Alexander Skarsgård on October 25,[25] Eiza González[26] and Rebecca Hall on October 30,[27] Jessica Henwick on November 8,[28] Shun Oguri on November 11,[29] and Lance Reddick on November 14.[30] 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."[31]

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.[32]

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." While promoting Godzilla: King of the Monsters in China, Millie Bobby Brown discussed her role as Madison in Godzilla vs. Kong, explaining that as Godzilla and Kong come to blows with one another, she goes on a journey to decide which of them she will ultimately side with.[33] 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.[34]

On November 25, 2019, Variety reported that the release date for Godzilla vs. Kong had been pushed back eight months to November 20, 2020.[35] A short clip from the film, showing Kong throwing a punch at Godzilla, played before the Warner Bros. presentation at Comic Con Experience in Brazil on December 8, 2019.[36]

On January 7, 2020, photographs from a toy expo surfaced online showing figures for Godzilla vs. Kong. These included multiple figures of Godzilla and Kong, including a figure of Godzilla wearing what appeared to be battle armor labeled "Mega Godzilla" and Kong wielding an axe. Other figures included a Skullcrawler and a new Titan later identified as Warbat. Most noteworthy were several figures of what appeared to be a new incarnation of Mechagodzilla.

On January 17, Adam Wingard posted on his Instagram that Godzilla vs. Kong was in the closing stages of editorial and only a few months away from completion.[37]

On May 20, Legendary Comics held a digital WonderCon panel discussing the upcoming graphic novel tie-ins for the film. The panel revealed the authors and illustrators behind the Kong- and Godzilla-centric graphic novels, as well as The Art of Godzilla vs. Kong and an untitled Kong picture book. Images from the graphic novels were shown as well. On June 10, Film Music Reporter announced that Tom Holkenborg, better known by the stage name Junkie XL, would be scoring the film.[2] On June 12, Deadline announced that Godzilla vs. Kong would be delayed to May 21, 2021.[38]

On November 25, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that WarnerMedia and Warner Bros. were in talks to release Godzilla vs. Kong on HBO Max the same day it would open in theaters, echoing plans for Wonder Woman 1984, after the former blocked a $200 million-plus offer from Netflix.[39] Warner made these plans official on December 3, unveiling a new Godzilla vs. Kong banner in its announcement video.[9] The film will only be available on the service for one month after its theatrical premiere. Two shots of Godzilla and Kong were included in a Warner Bros. sizzle reel shown at Comic Con Experience on December 6. The following day, it was reported that Legendary may take legal action against Warner Bros. over its plans to place the film on HBO Max, as the studio was largely kept out of the loop of this plan and supplied a sizeable portion of its $160 million budget.[4]

On January 15, 2021, Deadline reported that Godzilla vs. Kong's release date would be moving up almost two months to March 26. Eleven days later on January 26, Variety reported that the film's North American release had been pushed back another week to March 31.[8]


Principal photography on Godzilla vs. Kong began on November 12, 2018 in Hawaii, under the title Apex.[40] The production wrapped in Hawaii on December 20 and resumed at Village Roadshow Studios in Oxenford, Australia, in the third week of January.[41] Outdoor shoots took place at various Gold Coast locations, wrapping in early April.[42][43] Several days of reshoots were conducted afterwards.[44]


Godzilla vs. Kong will have an unusually short marketing period for a Hollywood blockbuster, owing to multiple release date changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. On January 21, Legendary Pictures unveiled the first poster for the film, showing Godzilla swimming towards Kong in Hong Kong, and announced that the trailer for the film would be released on Sunday, January 24.[45] They also launched Twitter and Instagram accounts specifically for the film. MonarchSciences.com, originally created to market Godzilla: King of the Monsters, came back online with an emergency warning instead of its map: "TITANUS GOJIRA AND TITANUS KONG ON COLLISION COURSE." The website later changed back to its usual global interactive map format. YouTube began running short ads for the film the same day. When the trailer dropped, it accumulated 25.6 million views in 24 hours, a record for a Warner Bros. trailer in that time frame.[46] The trailer managed to gather 50 million views within a week, making it Warner Bros.' most successful trailer.

Toho released the film's Japanese trailer, containing new footage, on February 7, also announcing its Japanese release date of May 14.[47] On February 14, the official Godzilla vs. Kong Twitter released a teaser with new footage.[48]


Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.


Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Alexander Skarsgård   as   Nathan Lind
  • Millie Bobby Brown   as   Madison Russell
  • Rebecca Hall   as   Ilene Andrews
  • Brian Tyree Henry   as   Bernie Hayes
  • Shun Oguri   as   Ren Serizawa
  • Eiza González   as   Maya Simmons
  • Julian Dennison   as   Josh Valentine
  • Kyle Chandler   as   Dr. Mark Russell
  • Demián Bichir   as   Walter Simmons
  • Kaylee Hottle   as   Jia
  • Ziyi Zhang   as   Dr. Ilene Chen, Monarch senior mythographer
  • Jessica Henwick
  • Lance Reddick
  • Van Marten
  • Hakeem Kae-Kazim   as   Admiral Wilcox
  • Benjamin Rigby   as   Sonar operator



Weapons, vehicles, races, and organizations


Main article: Godzilla vs. Kong/Gallery.

Alternate titles

  • Godzilla vs. King Kong (哥吉拉大戰金剛 Gējílā dàzhàn Jīngāng; Chinese title)
    • (哥斯拉大戰金剛 Gēsīlā dàzhàn Jīngāng; Hong Kong title)
    • (哥吉拉大戰金剛 Gējílā dàzhàn Jīngāng; Taiwanese title)

Theatrical releases

  • France, Singapore, Taiwan - March 24, 2021
  • Australia, Germany, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, South Korea - March 25, 2021
  • Brazil, Bulgaria, Iceland, India, Lithuania, Sweden, Turkey - March 26, 2021
  • Canada, United States - March 31, 2021
  • Japan - May 14, 2021
  • Argentina, Slovakia, Ukraine - May 20, 2021
  • United Kingdom - May 21, 2021

Premium formats

  • 3D (post-converted)
  • IMAX 3D
  • Dolby Vision and Atmos[51]


Trailers and TV spots

Godzilla vs. Kong trailer
Godzilla vs. Kong "Home" 60-second trailer
Godzilla vs. Kong social media trailer
Godzilla vs. Kong "Jia Kong" spot
Godzilla vs. Kong "Winner" spot
Godzilla vs. Kong "World" spot
Godzilla vs. Kong "Coming or Not" spot
Godzilla vs. Kong "Roar" spot
Godzilla vs. Kong "Home" spot
Godzilla vs. Kong "Goliath" spot
Godzilla vs. Kong "He Did The Same" spot
Godzilla vs. Kong "Super Attack" spot
Japanese Godzilla vs. Kong trailer
Japanese Godzilla vs. Kong
special announcement trailer #1


Adam Wingard IGN Fan Fest interview
IGN Fan Fest 2021 Godzilla vs. Kong "Godzilla Meets Kong" clip
Godzilla vs. Kong shots in the Warner Bros. sizzle reel at Comic Con Experience 2020
Godzilla vs. Kong clips in a
"Same Day Premiere" ad for HBO Max
Enormous drum commissioned by Tom Holkenborg for his Godzilla vs. Kong score


  • Godzilla vs. Kong is the first Godzilla movie to feature "vs." in its English title since Godzilla vs. Megaguirus in 2000. Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla, released in Japan as Gojira tai Mekagojira ("Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla"), was the last overall.
    • It is also the first film to include the English "vs" in its Japanese title since 1995's Godzilla vs. Destoroyah (ゴジラvsデストロイア,   Gojira tai Desutoroia).

External links


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Godzilla vs. Kong - WGA Directory. Writers Guild of America East (7 May 2019).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Tom Holkenborg (Junkie XL) Scoring Adam Wingard's 'Godzilla vs. Kong'. Film Music Reporter (10 June 2020).
  3. Bulletin No: 2632 - Motion Pictures Rated by the Classification and Rating Administration. FilmRatings.com (3 June 2020).
  4. 4.0 4.1 '‘Dune’ Producer Legendary Entertainment May Sue Warner Bros. Over HBO Max Deal'. Variety (7 December 2020).
  5. D'Alessandro, Anthony (15 January 2021). 'Godzilla Vs. Kong' Jumps Up To March In HBO Max & Theatrical Debut. Deadline.
  6. Godzilla vs. Kong AlloCiné Retrieved 3 March 2021
  7. Godzilla vs Kong Runtime Surfaces Online ComicBook.com Retrieved 3 March 2021
  8. 8.0 8.1 Rubin, Rebecca (26 January 2021). ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Release Date Moves Back a Week. Variety.
  9. 9.0 9.1 D'Alessandro, Anthony (3 December 2020). Warner Bros Sets Entire 2021 Movie Slate To Debut On HBO Max Along With Cinemas In Seismic Windows Model Shakeup. Deadline.
  10. Synopsis. godzillavskong.com. Retrieved on 26 January 2021.
  11. Fleming Jr, Mike (10 September 2015). King Kong On Move To Warner Bros, Presaging Godzilla Monster Matchup. Deadline.
  12. Masters, Kim (16 September 2015). Hollywood Gorilla Warfare: It’s Universal vs. Legendary Over ‘Kong: Skull Island’ (and Who Says "Thank You"). Hollywood Reporter.
  14. Geier, Thom (10 May 2016). ‘Godzilla 2,’ ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Stomp Out New Release Dates. The Wrap.
  15. Kit, Borys (10 March 2017). 'Godzilla vs. Kong' Film Sets Writers Room (Exclusive). Hollywood Reporter.
  16. D'Alessandro, Anthony (3 May 2017). ‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’, ‘Game Night’ Among Many Warner Bros. Release Date Changes For 2018 & Beyond – Update. Deadline.
  17. Kit, Borys (30 May 2017). 'Godzilla vs. Kong' Finds Its Director With Adam Wingard (Exclusive). Hollywood Reporter.
  19. Exclusive: ‘DEADPOOL 2’s’ Julian Dennison Joins ‘GODZILLA VS KONG’. That Hashtag Show (1 June 2018).
  20. Perez, Lexy (2 June 2018). 'Deadpool 2' Star Julian Dennison Joins 'Godzilla vs. Kong'. Hollywood Reporter.
  21. Teti, Julia (2 July 2018). Frances McDormand Is NOT In Godzilla vs. Kong [Updated]. Screen Rant.
  22. [UPDATED WITH RETRACTION EXCLUSIVE: Oscar Winner Frances McDormand Joins ‘GODZILLA’ Sequel]. That Hashtag Show (2 July 2018).
  23. Kroll, Justin (10 October 2018). Brian Tyree Henry to Co-Star With Millie Bobby Brown in ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ (EXCLUSIVE). Variety.
  24. Kit, Borys (17 October 2018). Demián Bichir Joining Millie Bobby Brown in 'Godzilla vs. Kong'. Hollywood Reporter.
  25. Kroll, Justin (25 October 2018). Alexander Skarsgard Joins ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’. Variety.
  26. Fleming Jr, Mike (30 October 2018). Eiza Gonzalez Joins Adam Wingard’s ‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’. Deadline.
  27. Kroll, Justin (30 October 2018). Rebecca Hall to Star Opposite Millie Bobby Brown in ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ (EXCLUSIVE). Variety.
  28. Kroll, Justin (8 November 2018). ‘Game of Thrones’ Actress Jessica Henwick Joins ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ (EXCLUSIVE). Variety.
  29. Fleming Jr, Mike (11 November 2018). Japanese Star Shun Oguri Makes Hollywood Debut In ‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’. Deadline.
  30. N'Duka, Amanda (14 November 2018). ‘Bosch’ Actor Lance Reddick Cast In ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’. Deadline.
  31. Furdyk, Brent (5 November 2018). Alexander Skarsgard Spills Details About His Role In ‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’. Entertainment Tonight Canada.
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  34. Tartaglione, Nancy (17 June 2019). Warner Bros Teases ‘Joker’, ‘Birds Of Prey’, ‘Godzilla Vs Kong’; Studiocanal Goes ‘Radioactive’ – CineEurope. Deadline.
  35. Rubin, Rebecca (25 November 2019). ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Release Date Pushed Back to November 2020. Variety.
  36. Carbone, Gina (9 December 2019). Whoa, Kong Punches Godzilla In Super-Brief But Badass Godzilla Vs. Kong Footage. CinemaBlend.
  37. Scott, Ryan (17 January 2020). Godzilla Vs. Kong Is in the Home Stretch, Director Calls It the Thrill of a Lifetime. MovieWeb.
  38. D'Alessandro, Anthony (12 June 2020). ‘Matrix 4’ Moves To 2022, ‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’ Stomps To 2021 & More: Warner Bros. Release Date Change Friday. Deadline.
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  40. @Legendary on Twitter: "Legends will collide. Production has officially begun on Godzilla vs. Kong. In theaters everywhere Summer 2020. #Godzilla"
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  42. Caldwell, Felicity (18 January 2019). Godzilla vs. Kong begins filming on the Gold Coast. Brisbane Times. Retrieved on 16 January 2021.
  43. Libbey, Dirk (9 April 2019). Godzilla Vs. Kong Has Wrapped In Australia. CinemaBlend.
  44. Davids, Brian (16 March 2020). 'Bloodshot' Star Eiza Gonzalez on Her Loyalty to Vin Diesel and Catwoman Heartbreak. The Hollywood Reporter.
  45. @Legendary (21 January 2021). TRAILER SUNDAY. #GodzillaVsKong. Twitter.
  46. Fernando, Luiz (25 January 2021). That’s it. #GvK new trailer becomes the biggest debut ever for WB, after reaching 15.8M views in 24h on WB’s YouTube Channel, and 9.8M on #Legendary, #WarnerBrosUK, #GodzillavsKong and #HBOmax Twitter accounts. 25.6M across all platforms, beating #TheBatman’s 22M & #Dune’s 20.8M. Twitter.
  47. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImiBYNUWjQ0
  48. https://twitter.com/GodzillaVsKong/status/1361034996459266050
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  50. Davis, Brandon (22 February 2021). Godzilla vs. Kong Sets Stage For Deep Mythology, Epic Showdown. ComicBook.com.
  51. Movies with Dolby Vision & Dolby Atmos. Dolby Professional. Retrieved on 24 February 2021.


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