The recent offering from Legendary Entertainment Godzilla vs Kong has become the biggest blockbuster since last year, with films like Tenet and Wonder Woman 1984 to take the crown at a time when the theater industry is plagued with uncertainty. The success of GvK has also raised hope for the “MonsterVerse” cinematic universe that Legendary had developed.
In a recent interview with Deadline, Josh Grode, CEO of Legendary Entertainment confirmed that “we have some ideas for more movies [in the MonsterVerse], “while also confirming that Godzilla to Kong got green light based on public expectations.
“We then performed a lot of analyzes [Godzilla: King of the Monsters], and the public showed that they wanted to see these monsters go up there. This movie gives the audience what they want and we see the results of that. “
For a long time, it seemed like the MonsterVerse was facing the same shameful fate as the infamous Dark Universe that Universal Pictures had tried and failed to launch. The MonsterVerse Movies, from Godzilla, to Kong: Skull Island, to King of the monsters were mediocre successes at the box office while saddled with huge budgets. That was even an expectation GvK would be the franchise’s last hurray before the series called it a day.
But with the unexpected success of Godzilla to Kongthe MonsterVerse seems to be back on track. Adam Wingard, the director of GvK, stated in a previous interview that he would like to return to the franchise for sequels, exploring the “Hollow Earth” phenomenon plagued in previous films.
“I would absolutely love to go further. The clear starting point that we have reached, exploring Hollow Earth, I think there is a lot more to do there. This is a prehistory of Planet Earth, where all [Titans] Comes from. We store a mystery [Godzilla vs. Kong], things I want to see solved and explored and push to the next level. If I get the chance, I know what I’m going to do. It’s up to Warner Bros and Legendary if they’re hungry. “
In the MonsterVerse, the Hollow Earth refers to a series of gigantic, interconnected tunnels dug beneath the Earth long ago that Godzilla and his ilk use to quickly travel around the planet. A film exploring the origins of the Hollow Earth, and the super predators that roamed free at the time, would be an exciting new direction for the franchise to take.
For now, theater chains are making the most of having a rare blockbuster in their hands, and hoping GvK is the beginning of a return to normal for the film distribution industry.
Directed by Adam Wingard and written by Eric Pearson and Max Borenstein, Godzilla to Kong stars Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall and Brian Tyree Henry. The film is now playing in theaters and on HBO Max. The deadline brought us this news first.
Subjects: MonsterVerse, Godzilla Vs King Kong