We could witness a match-up between King Kong and Godzilla in the near future if Legendary Pictures get there own way. The production company who owns the rights to both franchises are looking to move Kong: Skull Island over to Warner Bros. who has the distribution rights to the Godzilla sequel.
Variety states that “sources close to the situation say while this is not a done deal, things are moving forward and that the idea is to have future Kong films possibly cross over with Godzilla films, to which WB owns the sequel rights“. “It is unclear at the moment what Universal’s position will be, but I heard the studio move is being done because it is just easier to have all the pieces under one roof, something that Marvel Studios has done with superheroes like The Hulk“, revealed Deadline.
Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla (2014) was a commercial and critical success, breathing new life into a franchise that was considered dead after its comedic Roland Emmerich directed flop in 1998. Since then, Edwards has been attached to a planned trilogy with a sequel slated for a June 2018 release.
Kong: Skull Island, on the other hand, is currently in pre-production with Straight Outta Compton’s Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell attached, alongside Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson with Jordan Vogt-Roberts directing. With Edwards completing work on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the director will soon move on to the Godzilla sequel soon after.