Last week came word that Legendary Pictures was shifting its upcoming “Kong: Skull Island” project over from Universal to Warner Bros. Pictures.
The aim of the move is to essentially create a cinematic universe that would bridge last year’s “Godzilla” reboot and the new film in a way that we’d eventually get to see King Kong and Godzilla take on or even ally with each other despite the obvious size differential.
A new story at THR about the transition however shows that there may have been some collateral damage in the process. The trade corroborates an earlier report that Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming “Pacific Rim” sequel at Legendary has been delayed a few months, but adds that in fact production has “halted indefinitely”.
This means that an August 4th 2017 is likely out, and has already started speculation the project may have been scrapped altogether. It is held up in the piece as an example of a reported rift beginning to form between Legendary and Universal despite the latter’s record-breaking box-office year.
The site also says that the script for “Kong: Skull Island” is getting some referential changes to include the monster-hunting organization Monarch from last year’s “Godzilla”. This will then lead to the direct to “Godzilla” sequel and then the “King Kong vs. Godzilla” project.