In addition to postponing the premiere of seeing Dune: Part Twothe Warner Bros. and Legendary studios have also postponed the release of other of their high-profile productions: Godzilla x Kong: The New Empirethe fifth and most recent installment of the MonsterVerse.
The change is part of a ripple effect on the WB schedule. By postponing Dune 2this took the date previously scheduled for Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire, so the study set him a new release date for the MonsterVerse sequel: April 12, 2024 (via Deadline).
That date was previously reserved for the animated film. Lord of the Rings: The War of Rohirrim of New Line and WB, which was postponed to December 13, 2024.
The outlet reports that WB is not expected to make changes to its December 2023 release schedule. Wonka (December 15), Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (December 20) and The Color Purple (December 25th). These three productions are expected to keep their release dates.
Other high-profile productions such as The Marvels from Disney and Marvel Studios, currently with a premiere set for November 10, 2023, will be postponed. Even Deadline speculates that it could be brought forward to November 3 (the date vacated by Dune 2) in an attempt to take advantage of the IMAX theaters that have now become available.
filming of Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire was made in Australia under the direction of filmmaker Adam Wingardwho is back behind the lens after directing the predecessor, Godzilla vs Kong (2021).
The cast has the turn of Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry y Kaylee Hottleretaking the roles played in GvKand welcomes new members to the saga like Dan Stevens (The Guest, Gaslit, The Rental), Speak Chen (Irma Vep, Shang-Chi) y Rachel House.
This will be a direct sequel to GvK. The climax of the latter suggests that there is a lot of material yet to be explored, such as the case of seeing Kong in Hollow Earth.
“This latest entry in the Monsterverse franchise follows the explosive showdown of Godzilla vs. Kong with an all-new cinematic adventure, pitting the almighty Kong and the fearsome Godzilla against a colossal, undiscovered threat lurking within our world, challenging their very existence – and ours. The epic new film will delve into the stories of these titans, their origins, and the mysteries of Skull Island and beyond, while uncovering the mythical battle that helped forge these extraordinary beings and bound them to humanity forever.”
The script was written by Simon Barrett (You’re Next, The Guest).
The MonsterVerse is made up of Godzilla (2014), Kong: Skull Island (2017), Godzilla: The King of the Monsters (2019), y Godzilla vs Kong (2020). The MonsterVerse has proven to be a commercial success for the studios. So far, his four films have accumulated a total of $1.946 million dollars in the global box office.