Sorry Godzilla fans but we will have to wait another long 8 months to see Godzilla battle King Kong again on the big screen…
According to Deadline, Warner Brothers have decided to push back the Godzilla vs. Kong release date to November 20th, 2020, nearly 8 months past it’s originally projected release date.
After the under-performance of the second film this past summer, Godzilla: King of the Monsters at $110.5M stateside, $385.9M, Warner Bros. Studios boss Toby Emmerich mentioned at Produced By this past summer, that the threequel “might come out later in the year, so we can deliver an A+ movie”.
On its previous date, there was no direct competition. However, Pixar’s Onward was coming out the week prior and the following week sees the release of A Quiet Place 2. Given what happened to Godzilla: King of the Monsters, that seems like stiff competition, even though this is a blockbuster that seemingly has a lot going for it. The movie will see the Godzilla we were first introduced to in 2014 duking it out against the King Kong we met in 2017’s Kong: Skull Island. And there is a chance we may even see MechaGodzilla. The new November 2020 date sees direct competition in the form of the sci-fi flick Samaritan and the romantic comedy Happiest Season.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters was positioned by Warner Bros. as a massive, early summer blockbuster. It doubled-down on the monster action, compared to its predecessor, by bringing in other classic Toho monsters such as King Ghidorah, Rodan and Mothra. However, critics didn’t respond to what Michael Dougherty (Krampus) had to offer the franchise, as the movie was met with many poor reviews, currently boasting a 41 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. Even though the audience rating is much better, currently sitting at 83 percent, word of mouth failed to catch on and the sequel topped out at $385 million worldwide at the box office, which is rough considering its $170 million budget.
Adam Wingard (Blair Witch) is at the helm for Godzilla vs. Kong. The cast includes Millie Bobby Brown, Julian Dennison, Brian Tyree Henry, Demian Bichir, Alexander Skarsgard, Eisa Gonzalez, Kyle Chandler, Jessica Henwick, Rebecca Hall and Lance Reddick. It’s unclear if Warner Bros. will use the extra time to fit in some reshoots, or if they simply feel the November release date offers them a better shot at box office success.