History's maddest building-sized gorilla has been moving toward a reboot with Kong: Skull Island, and Godzilla scorched his way back into the culture in 2014. Now the two are likely going to duel in a crossover monster movie.
Deadline reports that Legendary Pictures' Skull Island is moving to Warner Bros. in order to "unite the property with Legendary’s other giant franchise, Godzilla. In what would be a pretty epic pairing, the Godzilla sequel that is in the works will be followed by a movie that pits the giant ape versus the giant fire breathing reptile." The article says the plans are "happening very quickly."
King Kong first appeared in his titular 1933 film directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack; Godzilla came two decades later, in the 1954 Japanese movie from Ishirō Honda. The 2005 Kong reboot—a three-hour epic from Lord of the Rings mastermind Peter Jackson—earned $550.5 million worldwide; the new Godzilla grabbed $529 million.
Godzilla 2, with director Gareth Edwards returning, is slated for 2018. Deadline notes that Kong: Skull Island has cast Brie Larson (United States of Tara, the upcoming Room), Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers) and Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton's Dr. Dre) and is working to bring Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly and Tom Wilkinson. It'll premiere March 10, 2017.