Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024)
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Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire is an upcoming American science fiction monster film set to be directed by Adam Wingard and written by Terry Rossio, Jeremy Slater, and Simon Barrett from a story by Rossio, Wingard, and Barrett, with visual effects supervised by Alessandro Ongaro. Produced by Legendary Pictures, it is the fifth entry in the Monsterverse, following up the 2021 film Godzilla vs. Kong. The film will feature Godzilla and Kong joining forces once again against a new threat. Warner Bros. will tentatively release it to American theaters on April 12, 2024, while Toho will bring it to Japanese theaters sometime the same year.
This latest entry follows up the explosive showdown of Godzilla vs. Kong with an all-new cinematic adventure, pitting the almighty Kong and the fearsome Godzilla against a colossal undiscovered threat hidden within our world, challenging their very existence – and our own. The epic new film will delve further into the histories of these Titans, their origins and the mysteries of Skull Island and beyond, while uncovering the mythic battle that helped forge these extraordinary beings and tied them to humankind forever.
On April 27, 2021, The Hollywood Reporter published a story which alleged that Legendary Pictures were in talks with Godzilla vs. Kong director Adam Wingard to direct another Monsterverse movie, with Son of Kong a potential title.
Close to a year later on March 20, 2022 (the 21st in Australia), Australian news outlet The Courier Mail broke the news on a new Monsterverse film set to shoot in the country. The same day, the Australian government's Office for the Arts reported that the film would begin production in July of that year, and seemingly confirmed a focus on Kong. On March 24, the 1291st issue of Production Weekly confirmed Adam Wingard as director, along with returning Monsterverse producers Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, and Eric McLeod. The issue also provided a contact email, "[email protected]," and connected it to the Son of Kong title.
On June 20, Gold Coast-based production company Village Roadshow Studios seemingly alluded to the film on Instagram, posting that set construction was underway for "the third instalment [sic] of the Kong films[.]" On July 2, the official English-language Godzilla site confirmed that Godzilla would appear in the film, though it did not give any details on the extent of his role.
On August 25, Collider reported that Terry Rossio would be returning to write the screenplay for the new film after previously collaborating on the story for Godzilla vs. Kong, and would be joined by Jeremy Slater and Simon Barrett. The report also confirmed that Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, and Kaylee Hottle would be reprising their roles from the previous film, with Fala Chen, Alex Ferns, and Rachel House joining Dan Stevens as new cast members. Furthermore, Collider provided a new synopsis which suggested that Godzilla would be joining forces with Kong once again to battle a new threat.
Toho announced on December 13 as part of their future release lineup that they will bring the movie to Japanese theaters in 2024.
Principal photography on the film commenced in Queensland, Australia's Gold Coast on July 29, 2022, with suburban Surfers Paradise standing in for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Both Kong: Skull Island and Godzilla vs. Kong previously filmed in the state.
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Adam Wingard
- Screenplay by Terry Rossio, Jeremy Slater, Simon Barrett
- Based on a story by Terry Rossio, Adam Wingard, Simon Barrett
- Produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Eric McLeod, Brian Rogers, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni
- Executive producers Josh Grode, Adam Wingard, Jay Ashenfelter, Jen Conroy, Kenji Okuhira, Yoshimitsu Banno
- Line producer Eric McLeod
- Music by Tom Holkenborg
- Cinematography by Ben Seresin
- Edited by Josh Schaeffer
- Production design by Tom Hammock
- Visual effects supervisor Alessandro Ongaro
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Rebecca Hall as Dr. Ilene Andrews
- Brian Tyree Henry as Bernie Hayes
- Kaylee Hottle as Jia
- Dan Stevens
- Fala Chen
- Alex Ferns
- Rachel House
Weapons, vehicles, races, and organizations
- Origins (working title)
- Son of Kong (early rumored title)
- Godzilla vs. Kong 2 (media nickname)
- Godzilla and Kong (title on film crew hats)
- Godzilla & Kong (title on film crew shirts)
- G&K (abbreviated title)
- This film's initial rumored title, Son of Kong, is the title of the 1933 sequel to the original King Kong (1933).
- Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire is the first Godzilla movie to feature an "x" in its native title since 2003's Godzilla: Tokyo SOS, and the first ever to feature it in an English title.
- The time between this film, set to be released on April 12, 2024, and Godzilla Minus One, set for November 3, 2023, will be the shortest between two movies in franchise history, at 161 days.
- A water bottle given to members of the film's production crew mentions a "Hollow Earth Advance Team," potentially a reference to the Humanitarian Environmental Analysis Team (H.E.A.T.) from Godzilla: The Series.
- A T-shirt given to crew members features a fossilized trilobite and turtle skeleton, the latter resembling one of the piles of Mysterious Bones from Mothra vs. Godzilla.
This is a list of references for Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire. 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: 
- ""UNTITLED GODZILLA VS KONG SEQUEL" Feature Film". Production Weekly. No. 1291. Production Weekly. 24 March 2022.
- ""UNTITLED GODZILLA VS KONG SEQUEL" Feature Film". Production Weekly. No. 1299. Production Weekly. 19 May 2022.