Legendary Pictures stunned fans at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con with some epic announcements! The studio proudly announced that we will see the return of King Kong, and monster geeks can also expect “Godzilla” to make his return for a sequel. Wow, two ginormous city destroyers will be back to entertain fan boys, maybe one day we will see a crossover with King Kong taking on Godzilla…we are allowed to dream right? In the 1962’s “King Kong vs. Godzilla“ we get to see the Kaijus slog it out, perhaps we should send “Pacific Rim” director Guillermo del Toro a fan letter and ask him to team up with “Godzilla 2014” helmer Gareth Edwards to make our dreams come true!
The new King Kong movie is set to focus on the furry giant’s home “Skull Island”. It is also the home of several other species of creatures, mostly prehistoric and in some cases species that should have been extinct long before the rise of mammalian creatures such as gorillas, along with a primitive society of humans according to the first movie released back in the 1930’s. Skull Island’s origins are unknown, however Kong appears to be the only giant gorilla living on the island.
The press release reads:
“Previous works have touched on the island, but exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions. The film will be released on November 4, 2016.”
The “Skull Island” teaser takes a look at the dangerous home of “The King” with the opening scene focusing on a dark stormy ocean which leads to the visuals of a beautiful Island. The clip also featured a voice over leading to the final reveal:
“Long stretches of the world cut off forever, the earliest beginings of the world, when vegetation lined the earth. It came in the shape of an unrestful and noisy dream.”
Right at the end of the teaser Kong shows up with an intimidating roar!
Indiewire.com also notes that King Kong is in fact the mystery film slated for 2016 by Legendery productions, previously rumoured to be a Marvel project and possible superhero tentpole for Prince Namor the Sub-Mariner.
As for “Godzilla 2“, Edwards is expected to return behind the lens after he completes the “Star Wars” standalone film that was announced recently. The director delivered a message through a pre-recorded video at the Con, saying that he was unable to attended the event and that he needed a break from a big sci-fi franchise.
He then jokingly said:
“So I’m up here doing a small sci-fi movie,”
“Godzilla” geeks were also treated to an exclusive first screening of the sequel teaser. The clip featured a whole bunch of epic Monster showdowns. The lineup of monsters were also revealed in a presentation. Those additional monsters include Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah. The teaser also featured nuclear explosions with the voiceover of President John F. Kennedy:
“There is still one secret that remains hidden: There … Are … Others,”
Legendary also brought “Warcraft” and they teased fans with the long-gestating “Hellboy 3”. The crowd responded with excitement when Guillermo del Toro asked if they’d like to see the threequel. Legendary’s head Thomas Tull looked pleased by the overwhelming support, and said to the director, “When you’re done with ‘Pacific Rim 2‘, we’ll talk.”
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