Legendary’s MonsterVerse hasn’t exactly been the smash hit producers were hoping for. The films released so far have received mixed-to-negative reviews, and the most recent entry – Godzilla: King of the Monsters – was a box office disappointment. With all this in mind, the future of the franchise seemed to be up in the air. Now, word has come down that the next film in the series, Godzilla vs. Kong, has been pushed back. Originally set for a March 2020 premiere, the Godzilla vs. Kong release date has moved to November 2020.
There have been rumors about this ever since Godzilla: King of the Monsters underperformed, and now it’s official: Godzilla vs. Kong has been pushed back. The feature was due out on March 13, 2020, but will now open eight months later on November 20, 2020. There have even been a few rumblings that Warner Bros. might dump the movie onto their upcoming streaming service, HBO Max. There’s still a chance that might happen, but as of now, the next MonsterVerse title will arrive in theaters a full year from now, per The Wrap.
The MonsterVerse kicked-off with 2014’s Godzilla, a movie that received some positive reviews and ended up being a box office success. That was followed by Kong: Skull Island in 2017. The reviews for Kong were mixed, although some were taken with the movie’s style. It, too, was a hit at the box office. But by now it was becoming clear that the MonsterVerse wasn’t having as much impact as everyone was hoping. Things only got more dire with this year’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters. That film was the most negatively-received entry yet, and the first in the series to be considered a box office disappointment. It took in $385.9 million globally, and reportedly would’ve needed to earn $550–600 million to just break-even.
So what now? A huge push like this suggests reshoots might be in order, and perhaps there’s still hope of saving Godzilla vs. Kong. At the very least, the time jump will firmly distance Godzilla vs. Kong from King of the Monsters. Godzilla vs. Kong comes from director Adam Wingard, and features a cast that includes Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Jessica Henwick, Julian Dennison, Kyle Chandler, and Demián Bichir.
There’s a new-ish Japanese trailer for Godzilla vs. Kong, and while it’s at times nearly identical to the domestic trailer we saw a few weeks ago, it does feature a new shot of Godzilla slapping Kong right in the face. So if that’s what you’re looking for in a movie like this, you can breathe a sigh of relief and get ready to sit back and watch some slappin’. Watch the Godzilla vs. Kong Japanese trailer below.
If you were hoping for a brand new Godzilla vs. Kong trailer loaded with previously unseen footage, you are in the wrong place. I’m sorry. Please exit through the door over there. But if you wanted to see a slightly different version of a trailer that was already released, welcome! Today is your day. The Japanese trailer above is incredibly similar to the domestic trailer that dropped last month. Some of the footage is re-arranged so it doesn’t unfold in exactly the same way, but it’s still footage you’ve likely seen before. And yes, that means you’ll once again get to hear Kyle Chandler say, “Godzilla is out there and he’s hurting people, and we don’t know why!” There is one big difference, though: a moment where Godzilla literally slaps Kong across the face. Rude, Godzilla. Very rude.
In Godzilla vs. Kong, “mythic adversaries meet in a spectacular battle for the ages, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Kong and his protectors undertake a perilous journey to find his true home, and with them is Jia, a young orphaned girl with whom he has formed a unique and powerful bond. But they unexpectedly find themselves in the path of an enraged Godzilla, cutting a swath of destruction across the globe. The epic clash between the two titans—instigated by unseen forces—is only the beginning of the mystery that lies deep within the core of the Earth.”
The cast includes Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Julian Dennison, with Kyle Chandler and Demián Bichir. Adam Wingard directs. Look for Godzilla vs. Kong in theaters and on HBO Max on March 31, 2021.
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