Origins (2024)

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Directed by Adam Wingard[1][2]
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Production company Legendary Pictures[6]
Distributor Warner Bros.[4]
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Origins[7][2] is the working title of an upcoming American science fiction monster film set to be directed by Adam Wingard and written by Terry Rossio, Jeremy Slater, and Simon Barrett. Produced by Legendary Pictures, it is the fifth entry in the MonsterVerse.[6] The film is widely reported to be focused on Kong,[8] though an early synopsis states that he will team up with Godzilla once again against a new opponent as well.[5] Warner Bros. will tentatively release the film to theaters on March 15, 2024.[4]

Description[edit | edit source]

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.[5]

Development[edit | edit source]

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.[6] 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, "," and connected it to the Son of Kong title.[1]

Deadline reported on May 12 that Dan Stevens will star in the film.[11] On May 19, Production Weekly #1299 reported the film's working title as Origins.[7][2]

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[.]"[8] 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.[12]

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.[5]

Production[edit | edit source]

Principal photography on the still-untitled film commenced in Queensland, Australia's Gold Coast on July 29, 2022, with suburban Surfers Paradise standing in for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[13] Both Kong: Skull Island and Godzilla vs. Kong previously filmed in the state.[6]

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Alternate titles[edit | edit source]

  • Son of Kong (early rumored title)[9][1]
  • Godzilla vs. Kong 2 (media nickname)[11]

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References[edit | edit source]

This is a list of references for Origins. 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 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Production Weekly 2022a, p. 39
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Origins clapper board.jpg
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 Sudomerski, Joshua (25 August 2022). August 25th, 2022 update. Toho Kingdom.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 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.
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 Oddo, Marco Vito (25 August 2022). ‘Godzilla vs. Kong 2’ Synopsis Reveals New Details About Monsterverse Sequel. Collider.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 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.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Production Weekly 2022b, p. 40
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 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.
  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. 10.0 10.1 MonsterVerse franchise returns to Queensland. (21 March 2022).
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Kroll, Justin (12 May 2022). ‘Godzilla vs. Kong 2’: Dan Stevens Reunites With ‘The Guest’ Director Adam Wingard On Legendary Sequel. Deadline.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Godzilla vs. Kong Sequel Announcement. Godzilla (2 July 2022).
  13. GORMARU (29 July 2022). The 5th MONSTERVERSE Blockbuster Begins Filming! #Godzilla #Kong #themonsterversecontinues #Monsterverse #filming. Twitter.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Legendary (August 26, 2022). Straight fron set in Australia, it's Director Adam Wingard... #TeamGodzilla #TeamKong The Monsterverse continues March 2024.

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

  • ""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.


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