The Monsterverse is making a comeback.
Legendary’s cinematic monster universe was in a bit of a slump this past decade. Its first release of Godzilla in 2014 underperformed greatly in the box office and didn’t even have Godzilla in it.
The next film, Godzilla: King of Monsters– the third installment of the franchise– was a decent flick with pretty well-choreographed monster fights, but it did not prove to many fans that the studio is worthy of reviving such a franchise. This all changed with the “digital” release of Kong vs. Godzilla, a film that redeemed Legendary’s past flunks.
Godzilla vs. Kong’s global gross reached an abundant $400 million, the second-best performance in the series, right behind Kong: Skull Island’s tally of $566 million. It performed greater than ANY other film during the 2020-2021 pandemic, an achievement that not many other movies possess.
THR recently reported that Legendary is considering bringing back the director of the film, Adam Wingard, for some of their future projects, one of which could hold a peculiar future for Kong: “Legendary is quietly taking steps to stretch the series into one or more installments, entering early talks with Godzilla vs. Kong director Adam Wingard to return for another round of monster-on-monster mayhem.”
On several outlets, Adam Wingard has been discussing his future ideas, stating, “I would absolutely love to continue. The clear starting point we teed up, exploring Hollow Earth. I think there is a lot more to do there. This is a pre-history of Planet Earth, where all the [Titans] come from.” Later adding, “I know what I will do. It’s up to Warner Bros and Legendary if they have an appetite.”
An idea that was thrown around by the studio, as reported by THR, is a reboot of the “Son of Kong” film — taking place in the near future where Kong raises his son in Titan-fashion: flattening cities, destroying buildings and whatnot.
The future project currently does not have an estimated release date, as Wingard will be working on both a live-action “Thundercats” film and a sequel to the Nicholas Cage-led film “Face/Off.” Luckily, we have reason to believe that the movie will make an appearance sometime in 2022. The motion picture is currently on the drawing board, but we may not see any progress for a very long time.
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