“Kong: Skull Island” moves to Warner Bros. in order to precede Godzilla/King Kong movie. Legendary Pictures’ Thomas Tull is fast tracking his “Kong: Skull Island” film over to Warner Bros. in time for a monster-sized crossover film that would pit Legendary’s King Kong against their other monster property, Godzilla. Legendary had been developing “Kong: Skull Island” at Universal, but it made more sense for the Kong film and Legendary’s Godzilla to unite under one roof.
It is unclear at the moment what Universal’s stake in the movie is, but this mirrors their deal with Marvel Studios to share The Hulk. The “Godzilla” sequel that’s set for release on July 8th, 2018 with Gareth Edwards set to return to direct and it will be followed by the gigantic crossover film.
Kong: Skull Island set for release on March 10th, 2017, will help set the stage for the epic. Kong: Skull Island is assembling an impressive cast. Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, and Corey Hawkins will star with Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Wilkinson, and John C. Reilly lined up to join the film. Jordan Vogt-Roberts will direct the script written by John Gatins and Max Borenstein. If all goes as planned, the Kong film will begin production late this year or early 2016.