“Kong: Skull Island” may have only just arrived in theaters, but Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. are already looking to the future of their MonsterVerse.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, they’ve already assembled a writers room for 2020’s “Godzilla vs. Kong,” the fourth — and possibly final — film in the shared cinematic universe that began in 2014 with “Godzilla.”
“Pirates of the Caribbean” veteran Terry Rossio will supervise, joined by writers Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne (“Star Trek Beyond” and “Star Trek 4”); Lindsey Beer (“The Kingkiller Chronicles”); Cat Vasko (“Queen of the Air”); T.S. Nowlin (“Maze Runner” and “Pacific Rim”); and Jack Paglen (“Trancendence” and “Alien: Covenant”). Rounding out the team will be comic book veteran and “Babylon 5” creator J. Michael Straczynski.
The writers room approach is traditionally used to organize the writing of episodic television series. The collaborative approach allows teams of writers to brainstorm story ideas, break them down into chunks, and lay the groundwork that will allow individual writers and smaller teams to then outline and write specific episodes. However, the approach has been adopted by Paramount Pictures and Hasbro for their expanding “Transformers” universe, and by Universal Pictures for its planned Universals Monsters shared cinematic universe, which will feature the Mummy, the Bride of Frankenstein, the Invisible Man and other classics.
In theaters today, “Kong: Skull Island” is on track for a $110 million to $135 million worldwide opening. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (“The Kings of Summer”), the King Kong origin story has garnered generally positive reviews, and has an 80 percent Fresh rating on Rotten tomatoes. The film stars stars Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly, Jason Mitchell and Toby Kebbell..
The sequel to 2014’s “Godzilla,” titled “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” is set for release on March 22, 2019. Directed by Michael Dougherty, the film so far stars Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler and Vera Farmiga. “Godzilla vs. Kong” is tentatively set to release on May 29, 2020.