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Date: 9/11/2015 (Updated: 10/14/2015)
Author: Chris Mirjahangir
Source: http://www.deadline.com

Some interesting news hit today concerning the, currently untitled, King Kong film: Kong: Skull Island. This film was to be made by Legendary Pictures and Universal (who also hold the rights to King Kong), but is instead being made by Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros.

Mondo Godzilla StatueDeadline.com broke the news today. In their report they note this is being done by Legendary Pictures to get the character under the same studio as where they are producing their Godzilla films. While no OFFICIAL announcement has been made by Legendary Pictures or Warner Bros. confirming the story, that hasn't stopped multiple news outlets from stating that the long awaited rematch between King Kong and Godzilla is indeed on it's way.

The logic behind such a statement is that with Godzilla being at Warner Bros. and now King Kong over there as well, that a rematch is inevitable and IS going to happen. The Deadline report does not just allude to the prospect, but makes a bold claim that it will be the focus of the third Godzilla film. So it's easy to see why other sources followed suit.

While it's fun to speculate and fantasize about the rematch happening, keep in mind, again, that neither Legendary Pictures nor Warner Bros have issued any statement at this time. There are many parties involved here, including Legendary Pictures, Toho, Warner Bros and Universal (the Deadline article claims King Kong is in the public domain, but this is only the original novel and court battles have shown Universal to own most aspects of the character). Many parties that must agree for a project like this to eventually happen. This does not discount the report, but merely places the Godzilla portion of it in the rumor category for the time being.

Update (9/16/2015): Things are heating up on this original story. Although still in the rumor side of things as far as Godzilla is concerned, more information has begun to leak on the topic. The Hollywood Reporter has a somewhat of a "behind the scenes report" of the Legendary/Warner Bros./Universal involvement in the yet untitled Kong: Skull Island and as of yet not formally announced "King Kong vs. Godzilla" rematch.

The following might be considered a spoiler, so fair warning. That addressed: one of the key details that comes from the article is noting there are references to Monarch in the Kong: Skull Island script. Monarch would be the same organization that was featured in Godzilla (2014), having members such as doctors Ichiro Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) and Vivienne Graham (Sally Hawkins). This would be a clear connection between the two, leading to some connected universe building toward the much talked about possibility of a "King Kong vs. Godzilla" rematch. It would be interesting to see if Monarch would hold a role similar to SHIELD in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, being a recurring element across multiple film narratives.

Godzilla vs. Kong: Skull Island at Warner Bros.Update (10/14/2015): Legendary has confirmed the rumors via a press release that Kong: Skull Island moving to Warner Bros. was indeed the chess piece that led to an upcoming Godzilla vs. King Kong film. Furthermore, as previously reported, Monarch will be the glue that sticks the various films together.

The reason for the press release was to shine light that they are working toward a shared universe for the King of the Monsters. So far this series is stated to included:

Godzilla (2014)
Kong: Skull Island (2017)
Godzilla 2 (2018)
Godzilla vs. Kong (2020)

The release also confirms that Legendary has acquired the rights to use additional Toho kaiju beyond Godzilla. Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah were mentioned, but come as no surprise since they were touted at last year's Comic Con.

"Audiences really responded to Godzilla," said Thomas Tull, Legendary CEO. "Today, I'm excited to reveal that film was only the beginning of an epic new entertainment universe. As a lifelong fan of these characters, I've always wanted to see the ultimate showdown, and today we're pleased to be announcing that and more."

"Working with our partners at Legendary, we enjoyed tremendous creative and commercial success with `Godzilla,'" said Kevin Tsujihara, Warner Bros CEO. "It's great to be able to revisit these characters and help create a franchise with so many creative possibilities for filmmakers. Fans love these big, globally iconic films and it doesn't get any bigger than this."

Kong: Skull Island begins filming October 19th, 2015.