In just a few years the movies’ most famous gorilla will clash with the biggest and baddest kaiju in a giant monster movie mashup. Adam Wingard’s Godzilla vs. Kong will be the fourth entry in Legendary’s MonsterVerse – no, not that monster universe – which will find the Japanese kaiju meeting the furry beast. But the Blair Witch and You’re Next filmmaker wants to bring something unique to his monster mash: monsters that will make you cry.
The legendary King Kong got more than a few moments in the sun with Kong: Skull Island, but can the eighth wonder of the world even fit into TV? We’ll find out, as a new live-action King Kong series is reportedly in development, but not set within Legendary’s growing monster-verse.
Pitting Godzilla against King Kong, something that has already happened once before in movie history, may sound like a simple matter. But no, you can’t just write “Godzilla vs. Kong” on a blank piece of paper and expect it to happen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Legendary has recruited no less than seven screenwriters and assigned them to the task of turning their parallel Godzilla and Kong franchises into a singular cinematic universe.
He’s big. He’s mean. He has a thing for blondes. He’s King Kong, and he’s back in theaters this month in Kong: Skull Island from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and Legendary. The average life expectancy for a gorilla is about 40 years; at 84 years old, Kong’s still going strong, and arguably looking better than ever. If you’re significantly younger than Mr. Kong and new to the franchise, here’s what you need to know about his past, present, and future, along with his many imitators. (Note that there are a few SPOILERS about the old Kongs, but not Skull Island.)