Building Up to King Kong Vs Godzilla

They last faced off against each other in 1962 and now they're ready for their rematch. I'm talking, of course, about King Kong vs. Godzilla.  Legendary Films is currently producing the King Kong reboot Kong: Skull Island, starring Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, and Samuel L. Jackson, but the distribution rights have switched from Universal Pictures to Warner Bros. Since the latter studio also owns the rights to Godzilla, the Hollywood Reporter scooped that a mashup between the two gigantic monsters is inevitable. The plan is for the scheduled Gareth Edwards-directed Godzilla sequel to follow Skull Island and then have a third film pitting the giant gorilla against the radioactive lizard.

The 1962 cult classic was originally supposed to be King Kong vs. Frankenstein before Toho made it the third Godzilla film.  Unlike the prior two (the original Godzilla in 1954 and Godzilla Raids Again in 1955) which were rather ominous, this one was more lighthearted and the first in color for both monsters. Godzilla became a more kid-friendly beast, battling other jumbo creatures that threatened Japan and the world instead of just stomping cities for the sake of watching buildings crumble. King Kong looked downright goofy.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will steal most of the franchise-colliding headlines next year, but this reboot has the potential to be entertaining.  One issue that the filmmakers will need to address is the size difference -- Godzilla is large enough to tower over skyscrapers and demolish them with a shove of his arms or a swing of his tail, while in the past Kong has only been big enough to climb the side of the Empire State Building (or the Twin Towers in the 1976 remake).

The joy of these kaiju movies is seeing these titans clash, so expectations are high when the two greatest giant monsters of the screen battle each other.  "Let's get ready to rumble!"


Jeff McGinley said…
I didn't like the new Godzillaless Godzilla film at all...but this announcement got me really excited. I think its because when I heard the music from the original Kong Vs Godzilla at the end of Destroyah I thought it was a hint that the clash would return in the Tri Star film...

I'm still waiting.
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Nick Leshi said…
Jeff, I agree they didn't show enough of Godzilla in the last Godzilla flick, and I didn't like how they killed off Cranston so early. But I'm excited for Skull Island, Godzilla 2, and King Kong vs. Godzilla.