Godzilla vs. Kong (2020)
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Godzilla vs. Kong is an upcoming 2020 American science fiction monster film produced by Legendary Pictures, and the fourth entry in the MonsterVerse. It will be released to American theaters on May 22, 2020.
In a time when monsters walk the Earth, humanity’s fight for its future sets Godzilla and Kong on a collision course that will see the two most powerful forces of nature on the planet collide in a spectacular battle for the ages. As Monarch embarks on a perilous mission into uncharted terrain and unearths clues to the Titans' origins, a human conspiracy threatens to wipe the creatures, both good and bad, from the face of the earth forever.
On October 14, 2015, it was officially announced that Legendary Pictures would be remaking King Kong vs. Godzilla. The project had been rumored ever since Legendary acquired the rights to King Kong and announced Kong: Skull Island in 2014, and the rumors had become even more prominent after the project was moved from Universal Pictures to Warner Bros. On September 10, 2015, Legendary announced its plans to create a shared cinematic universe featuring both Godzilla and King Kong, as well as other giant monsters including Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah. Legendary's Godzilla was the first entry in this universe, followed by Kong: Skull Island in 2017 and Godzilla: King of the Monsters in 2019, culminating in Godzilla vs. Kong in 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.
On March 10, 2017, The Hollywood Reporter broke the story 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.
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. Adam Wingard finalized a deal to become the film's director on May 30.
In an interview with ScreenCrush on August 18, Wingard 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."
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. 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. After The Hashtag Show claimed McDormand had been cast in July, her representatives denied her involvement. That Hashtag Show later clarified in a retraction that McDormand was never in negotiations for a role and had passed on the film.
Further casting announcements followed as the film neared the start of production: Brian Tyree Henry on October 10, Demián Bichir on October 17, Alexander Skarsgård on October 25, Eiza González and Rebecca Hall on October 30, Jessica Henwick on November 8, Shun Oguri on November 11, and Lance Reddick on November 14.
Principal photography on Godzilla vs. Kong began on November 12, 2018 in Hawaii, under the title Apex. The production wrapped in Hawaii on December 20 and resumed at Village Roadshow Studios in Oxenford, Australia, in the third week of January. Outdoor shoots will take place at various Gold Coast locations.
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Adam Wingard
- Written by Terry Rossio
- Produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Eric McLeod, Brian Rogers
- Cinematography by Ben Seresin
- Edited by Josh Schaeffer
- Production Design by Owen Patterson, Tom Hammock
- Executive Producing by Kenji Okuhira, Yoshimitsu Banno, Jon Jashni, Thomas Tull
- VFX Supervisor John "DJ" DesJardin
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Millie Bobby Brown as Madison Russell
- Alexander Skarsgård
- Rebecca Hall
- Brian Tyree Henry
- Shun Oguri
- Eiza González
- Jessica Henwick
- Julian Dennison
- Kyle Chandler as Mark Russell
- Demián Bichir
- Zhang Ziyi
- Van Marten
- Lance Reddick
- Screenwriter Terry Rossio was one of the two main writers on the original 1994 script for TriStar Pictures' American Godzilla film, ultimately receiving a writing credit in the finished 1998 film.
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