In one of the odder stories this week, Kong: Skull Island is expected to move from Universal to Warner Bros. The reason: so Skull Island and Godzilla producer Legendary Entertainment can make King Kong vs. Godzilla.
Let me repeat that: King Kong vs. Godzilla.
When I was much, much younger, I use to say part of the problem with big budget cinema was its fear of making “versus” movies. This inevitably led to the silliest “versus” movie we could think of: “Twister vs. Gimme Shelter.” But it now seems the age of “versus” films is upon us. At least, that’s what is being negotiated at the moment. According to The Hollywood Reporter, negotiations are underway between Legendary, Warners and Universal.
“When it became clear that all roads led to an eventual crossover with a series of movies on these so-called super species, talks began to move Skull Island,” they write. “The dealmaking isn’t as complicated as one would think: Universal has no financial stake and was only to distribute the movie.” Which is interesting to me. I always assumed Universal owned the idea of King Kong since they held onto it so tightly, built theme park attractions around it and produced every iteration of it.
At the same time, King Kong vs. Godzilla is perhaps the most blockbustery movie that could ever exist. I mean, I know their last pairing in Toho’s King Kong vs. Godzilla isn’t all that great, but it’s the sort of absurd movie-making that should be happening more often.
So … how long until Stargate vs. Robocop?