Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (2024)

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The second poster for Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire
Directed by Adam Wingard
Producer
Written by
Music by Tom Holkenborg, Antonio Di Iorio[1]
Visual
effects by
Alessandro Ongaro
Production company Legendary Pictures[2]
Distributor Warner Bros.US,[3] TohoJP[4]
Legendary EastCN[1]
Rating PG-13US[5]
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Rise together or fall alone
„ 

— Tagline

The world will now witness. (世界は今、目撃する。)
„ 

— Japanese tagline

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (ゴジラxコング 新たなる帝国,   Gojira Kongu: Aratanaru Teikoku) is an upcoming American science fiction monster film set to be directed by Adam Wingard and written by Terry Rossio, Simon Barrett, and Jeremy Slater from a story by Rossio, Wingard, and Barrett, with visual effects supervised by Alessandro Ongaro. Produced by Legendary Pictures,[2] it is the fifth film 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.[6] Warner Bros. will tentatively release it to American theaters on March 29, 2024,[7] while Toho will bring it to Japanese theaters on April 26.[4][8]

Description

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.[6]

Development

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.[9]

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.[2] 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.[10] 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.[11]

Deadline reported on May 12 that Dan Stevens will star in the film.[12] On May 19, Production Weekly #1299 reported the film's working title as Origins.[13]

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[.]"[14] 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.[15]

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.[6]

Toho announced on December 13 as part of their future release lineup that they will bring the movie to Japanese theaters in 2024.[4]

Production

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.[16] Both Kong: Skull Island and Godzilla vs. Kong previously filmed in the state.[2]

Marketing

A teaser for the film was released on April 19, 2023, revealing its title and a new simian Titan.[17]

On November 28, the official Instagram accounts for the film and for the Monsterverse each posted a series of nine images depicting the Kong handprints from Kong: Skull Island and Godzilla vs. Kong along with the words "Something is coming."[18] A day later, the film's and Warner Bros. Pictures' accounts jointly posted an illustrated poster of the simian Titan, revealing its name to be Skar King through a hashtag.[19] On the next day, two new individual posters of Godzilla and Kong were posted, both featuring the tagline "Unite."[20][21]

On December 2, three new images from the film were revealed in a IGN interview with Adam Wingard; the first showed Kong with his axe readying himself for battle, the second showed Godzilla "frozen in the ice, evolving into a powerful new form," and the third showed Ilene Andrews, Jia, and the new character Trapper.[22] On December 3rd, a full-length trailer was released, showcasing several new monsters and characters.[23] Photographs of a Jada Toys display at Singapore Comic Con, held December 9-10, revealed a remote-control Godzilla toy and stylized Metalfigs of Godzilla, Kong, Skar King, and a new reptilian monster dubbed Shimo.[24] On February 14, a new poster and a second, lengthier trailer were released, with the latter teasing Shimo and Mothra.

Staff[1]

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

Cast

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

Appearances

Titans and superspecies

Other monsters

Weapons, vehicles, races, and organizations

Alternate titles

  • GxK (abbreviated title)
  • GxK: The New Empire (half-abbreviated title)[32]
  • Origins (working title)[13][33]
  • Son of Kong (early rumored title)[9][11]
  • Godzilla vs. Kong 2 (media nickname)[12]
  • Godzilla and Kong (title on film crew hats)[34]
  • Godzilla & Kong (title on film crew shirts)[35][36]
    • G&K (abbreviation)[37]

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Flagicon Japan.png Japanese ゴジラxコング 新たなる帝国
Gojira Kongu: Aratanaru Teikoku
Translation of English title
Chinese Flagicon Hong Kong.png Cantonese 哥斯拉 x 金剛:新帝國
Gōsīlāai x Gām Gōng: Sān Daigwok
Godzilla x King Kong: The New Empire
China and Taiwan Flags.png Mandarin 哥斯拉大战金刚2:帝国崛起[a]
Gēsīlā dàzhàn Jīn Gāng 2: Dìguó Juéqǐ
哥吉拉與金剛:新帝國[b]
Gējílā yǔ Jīn Gāng: Xīn Dìguó
Godzilla vs. King Kong 2: The New Empire

Godzilla and King Kong: The New Empire
Flagicon Czech Republic.png Czech Godzilla x Kong: Nové Impérium Translation of English title
French Flagicon Canada.png Canada Godzilla et Kong: Le Nouvel Empire Godzilla and Kong: The New Empire
Flagicon France.png Europe Godzilla x Kong: Le Nouvel Empire Translation of English title
Flagicon India.png Hindi गॉडज़िला और कौंग: एक नया साम्राज्य
Godazila aur Kaung: Ek Naya Saamraajy
Godzilla and Kong: A New Empire
Flagicon India.png Telugu గాడ్జిల్లా అండ్ కాంగ్: ఓ నూతన సామ్రాజ్యం
Gāḍjillā aṇḍ Kāṅg: Ō Nūtana Sāmrājyaṁ
Godzilla and Kong: A New Empire
Flagicon Italy.png Italian Godzilla e Kong - Il Nuovo Impero Godzilla and Kong - The New Empire
Flagicon South Korea.png Korean 고질라 X 콩: 뉴 엠파이어
Gojilla x Kong: Nyu Empaieo
Godzilla x Kong: New Empire
Flagicon Poland.png Polish Godzilla i Kong: Nowe imperium Godzilla and Kong: New Empire
Portuguese Flagicon Brazil.png Brazil Godzilla e Kong: O Novo Império Godzilla and Kong: The New Empire
Flagicon Portugal.png Portugal Godzilla x Kong: O Novo Império Translation of English title
Flagicon Russia.png Russian Годзилла и Конг: Новая империя
Godzilla i Kong: Novaya Imperiya
Godzilla and Kong: New Empire
Flagicon Spain.png Spanish Godzilla y Kong: El nuevo imperio Godzilla and Kong: The New Empire
Flagicon Tamil.png Tamil காட்ஸில்லா அண்ட் காங்: ஓர் புதிய சாம்ராஜ்யம்
Kāṭsillā aṇṭ Kāṅ: Ōr Putiya Cāmrājyam
Godzilla and Kong: A New Empire
Flagicon Thailand.png Thai ก็อดซิลล่า ปะทะ คอง 2: อาณาจักรใหม่
K̆xdsill̀ā patha Khxng 2: Xāṇācạkr H̄ım̀
Godzilla vs. Kong 2: New Empire
Flagicon Ukraine.png Ukrainian Ґодзілла та Конг: Нова імперія
Godzilla ta Konh: Nova imperiya
Godzilla and Kong: New Empire
Flagicon Vietnam.png Vietnamese Godzilla x Kong: Đế chế mới Translation of English title
  1. Mainland China
  2. Taiwan

Theatrical releases

  • Spain, Finland, Iceland, Sweden, Taiwan - March 27, 2024
  • Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Malaysia, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Ukraine - March 28, 2024
  • Canada, China, Estonia, Ireland, India, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam - March 29, 2024
  • France - April 3, 2024
  • Germany - April 4, 2024
  • Turkey - April 5, 2024
  • Ecuador, Netherlands, - April 11, 2024
  • Austria - April 12, 2024
  • Japan - April 26, 2024

Warner Bros. originally dated Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire for release on March 15, 2024, in the United States.[3] The studio moved Dune: Part Two to that date on August 24, 2023, pushing the Monsterverse film to April 12, 2024.[38] However, on January 9, 2024, Godzilla x Kong moved up to that March 29, filling the date previously held by Mickey 17.[7]

Videos

Main article: Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire/Videos.

Trivia

  • This film's initial rumored title, Son of Kong, is the title of the 1933 sequel to the original King Kong (1933).
    • The finished film contains a juvenile simian monster dubbed Suko, which Bernie Hayes calls "a mini-Kong" in the trailer, although it is not yet confirmed whether it is a member of Kong's species.
  • 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. As in the Japanese title of Godzilla: Tokyo SOS, the "x" is silent.[39][40]
  • The time between the domestic releases of this film, set for March 29, 2024, and Godzilla Minus One, released on November 3, 2023, will be the shortest between two Godzilla movies in franchise history, at 147 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.[41]
  • A T-shirt given to crew members, illustrated by Christian Gonzalez, features a fossilized trilobite and the turtle-like Mysterious Bones from Mothra vs. Godzilla.[42][43]
  • Godzilla's emergence from ice may be an homage to his introduction in King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962).
  • Adam Wingard is the first Monsterverse director to return for a second film, having previously helmed Godzilla vs. Kong (2021).
  • Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire is the first Monsterverse film made without the involvement of screenwriter Max Borenstein.
  • The pose Kong strikes while roaring with the B.E.A.S.T. Glove resembles cover art for the 1994 fighting game Primal Rage.[44]
  • The fight between Kong and Skar King was inspired by a scene in the 1973 film Emperor of the North Pole where the characters A-No.-1 and Shack fight with a fire axe and chains, respectively.[45]
  • Kong performs a dropkick on the Skar King during one of their battles, a move he first displayed in the previous film, Godzilla vs. Kong, against Godzilla.

External links

References

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: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Credits & Ratings". Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire | Official Movie Site. Retrieved 20 January 2024.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Price, Amy (21 March 2022). "Godzilla vs Kong sequel confirmed for Queensland in $119m filming coup". The Courier Mail. Archived from the original on 20 March 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 D'Alessandro, Anthony (30 June 2022). "'Dune: Part Two' Butts Up Against 'Hunger Games' Prequel On Pre-Thanksgiving 2023; 'Godzilla-Kong' Sequel Dated For 2024". Deadline.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "東宝2023年のラインナップ発表 宮崎駿監督の新作、「キングダム3」、山田尚子監督のアニメーションなど". Eiga.com. 13 December 2022.
  5. "Bulletin No: 2632 - Motion Pictures Rated by the Classification and Rating Administration" (PDF). FilmRatings.com. 24 January 2024. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 January 2024.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 Oddo, Marco Vito (25 August 2022). "'Godzilla vs. Kong 2' Synopsis Reveals New Details About Monsterverse Sequel". Collider.
  7. 7.0 7.1 McClintock, Pamela (9 January 2024). "'Godzilla x Kong' Moves Up Release in Theaters to Late March, 'Mickey 17' Delayed". The Hollywood Reporter.
  8. @GodzillaMovieJP (December 13, 2023). "『ゴジラxコング 新たなる帝国』 日本での公開が2024年4月26日(金)に決定!! 世界中が熱狂に包まれた、あの二大モンスターがスクリーンに帰還。 続報にご期待ください🔥". X.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Kit, Borys (27 April 2021). "'Godzilla vs. Kong' Director Adam Wingard in Talks for Legendary's Next Monsterverse Film (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  10. "Monsterverse franchise returns to Queensland". Arts.gov.au. 21 March 2022.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Production Weekly 2022a, p. 39
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Kroll, Justin (12 May 2022). "'Godzilla vs. Kong 2': Dan Stevens Reunites With 'The Guest' Director Adam Wingard On Legendary Sequel". Deadline.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Production Weekly 2022b, p. 40
  14. villageroadshowstudios (20 June 2022). "Set construction is currently underway at #villageroadshowstudios for the third instalment of the Kong films (Kong: Skull Island and Godzilla vs Kong) 🦍..." Instagram.
  15. "Godzilla vs. Kong Sequel Announcement". Godzilla. 2 July 2022.
  16. GORMARU (29 July 2022). "The 5th MONSTERVERSE Blockbuster Begins Filming! #Godzilla #Kong #themonsterversecontinues #Monsterverse #filming". Twitter.
  17. Legendary (@Legendary) (19 April 2023). "Godzilla x Kong: Title Reveal". YouTube.

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  19. godzillaxkong; wbpictures (29 November 2023). "Bow to your new king. #SkarKing #GodzillaXKong". Instagram.
  20. godzillaxkong; wbpictures (1 December 2023). "#GodzillaXKong Unite". Instagram.
  21. godzillaxkong; wbpictures (1 December 2023). "#GodzillaXKong Unite". Instagram.
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Reul, Katie (2 December 2023). "Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire Director on Titanus Doug's Return, New 'Kong-Like' Villain". IGN.
  23. Warner Bros. Pictures (@WarnerBrosPictures) (1 December 2023). "Godzilla x Kong : The New Empire | Official Trailer". YouTube.
  24. 24.0 24.1 @HLSy56947413 (9 December 2023). "beyond that". X.
  25. TBC in GxK.jpg
  26. Playmates Wart Dog minifig.jpg
  27. Monogram Godzilla X Kong Concept Art.jpg
  28. Alex Ries (February 24, 2024). "The trailer doesnt really have my critters". X.
  29. KvS - 7.jpg
  30. "MEGA Construx - Godzilla X Kong: the New Empire - Set HTR77". Merlins Bricks. December 13, 2023.
  31. Skar toy - 2.jpg
  32. Godzilla x Kong The Hunted Kickstarter cover preview.png
  33. Origins clapper board.jpg
  34. Fhs2eCsXoAA8qYo.jpg
  35. FhQQRAgXEAESXez.jpg
  36. @mikes_monsters (8 April 2023). "I wonder what this could be from… 🦖🦍". Twitter.
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  38. D'Alessandro, Anthony (24 August 2023). "'Dune: Part Two' Moves To 2024, Latest Big Pic To Shift During Strike; 'Aquaman 2', 'Wonka' & 'Color Purple' Stick To 2023". Deadline.
  39. GODZILLA OFFICIAL by TOHO (29 July 2021). "GODZILLA: TOKYO S.O.S. (ゴジラ_モスラ_メカゴジラ_東京S.O.S.) - Official Japanese Trailer [HQ]". YouTube.
  40. @Ned_Chang (28 October 2023). "Source: @电影票房BAR weibo #Monsterverse #GVK #Godzilla #Kong". Twitter.
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  43. @seaguns_art (December 3, 2023). "It him". X.
  44. @RussellMaddie20 (January 22, 2024). "Alright wingard, I'll give you this one". X.
  45. IGN (February 23, 2024). "Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire - Evolved Monsters & The Rise of Anti-Kong | IGN Fan Fest 2024". YouTube.

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  • ""UNTITLED GODZILLA VS KONG SEQUEL" Feature Film". Production Weekly. No. 1299. Production Weekly. 19 May 2022.

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