Batman vs The Joker – Freddy vs. Jason – the Roadrunner vs. the Coyote. We’ve seen it all. And yet, 2021 marks the year where two other legendary foes will be facing off for the first time. Prepare yourself for the battle between Godzilla and King Kong.
Directed by Adam Wingard and created by a partnership between Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, Godzilla vs. Kong will come to theaters and HBO Max this March.
“Legends collide in Godzilla vs. Kong as these mythic adversaries meet in a spectacular battle for the ages, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance,” states today’s press release for the movie. “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.”
Both of these critters have seen a lot during their lifetimes. Kong is a lot older having appeared in his first movie in 1933. He still looks pretty spry for his age. Although younger (Godzilla started making movies in 1954) the green thing has faced more enimies over the years having appeared in 36 films to date.
The new movie stars Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Julian Dennison with Kyle Chandler (who appeared in Godzilla: King of the Monsters) and Demián Bichir. The screenplay is written by Max Borenstein (who worked on both King of the Monsters and Kong: Skull Island) and Eric Pearson (known for his work on Thor: Ragnarok) with a story by Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) and Michael Dougherty & Zach Shields (who also worked on Godzilla: King of the Monsters).
It hardly seems like a fair fight though. The movie trailer features a cute little girl who is Kong’s friend and everything seems to point to how good the great ape is and how horrid Godzilla is. He’s pretty spikey too. There’s no cuddling up to him.
Godzilla vs. Kong will be released nationwide in 2D and 3D in select theaters and IMAX on March 26, 2021 and will be available in the U.S. on HBO Max for 31 days from theatrical release. It is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of creature violence/destruction and brief language.
(Main image: Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures)
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