Film once slated for May 2020, then November 2020 before COVID-19 held up Warner’s film slate
Director Adam Wingard and Legendary Pictures announced on Friday that Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Entertainment’s Godzilla vs. Kong film has been delayed from November 20, 2020 to May 21, 2021. The film was once slated to open on May 22, 2020. Wingard cited « all that is going on » as the reason, while The . Reporter noted the impact of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the production and release schedules of the entire Warner Bros. film slate.
The companies describe the film’s story:
In a time when monsters walk the Earth, humanity’s fight for its future sets Godzilla and Kong on a collision course that will see the two most powerful forces of nature on the planet collide in a spectacular battle for the ages. As Monarch embarks on a perilous mission into uncharted terrain and unearths clues to the Titans’ origins, a human conspiracy threatens to wipe the creatures, both good and bad, from the face of the earth forever.
Warner Bros. Pictures is planning to distribute the film worldwide outside Japan in 2D and 3D, as well as at IMAX theaters. Toho Co., LTD. will distribute the film in Japan.
Actor Shun Oguri (live-action Gintama, Gokusen, Hana Yori Dango) will make his . acting debut as an « important role » in the film. The confirmed cast also includes Julian Dennison (Deapool 2), Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta), Demian Bichir (The Nun), Eiza González (Baby Driver), Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies), Rebecca Hall (The Prestige, Iron Man 3), Jessica Henwick (Iron Fist), Kyle Chandler (The Wolf of Wall Street, Manchester by the Sea), and Lance Reddick (Bosch, John Wick). The . Reporter previously reported that Van Marten (Avengers: Infinity War) and Ziyi Zhang (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) are part of the cast.
Adam Wingard (Death Note, The Guest, You’re Next) is directing the film.
Legendary Entertainment set up a writer’s room led by Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean films) to write the new film’s script in March 2017. Other writers involved in the script include Patrick McKay, J.D. Payne (Star Trek Beyond), Lindsey Beer, Cat Vasko, T.S. Nowlin (Maze Runner), Jack Paglen (Transcendence), and J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5).
Legendary licensed the Godzilla film rights in 2010, and produced Gareth Edwards’ 2014 Godzilla film. The film opened in the United States in May 2014, and earned over US$500 million worldwide. The sequel, Godzilla: King of Monsters, opened on May 22, 2019.
Source: Legendary Pictures’ Twitter account, The . Reporter (Pamela McClintock)