SDCC ’14: Legendary Teases SKULL ISLAND, GODZILLA 2 and More!
Comic-Con: Legendary Entertainment presented in Hall H today its future film line-up with some added surprises, franchise announcements and special guests. In addition to GODZILLA director Gareth Edwards’ video thank you message to the fans at Comic-Con, where the re-imagination of GODZILLA was first introduced in 2012, Legendary CEO Thomas Tull presented what is to come for the iconic monster and the cinematic universe that Legendary is creating. Joining Godzilla in future franchise installments will be several other classic monsters from Toho Co., Limited, including three of the most popular monsters from the Godzilla universe: Rodan, Mothra, and the formidable King Ghidorah. During the panel it was also announced that filmmaker Edwards will direct the sequel to GODZILLA after he finishes his installment in the expanded STAR WARS franchise.
Today in Hall H, Legendary also revealed it will be making a feature film based on the famed Skull Island, the cinematic origins of another classic beast, King Kong. Previous works have touched on the island, but staying and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions. The film will be released on November 4, 2016.
Rounding out the appearances for Legendary in Hall H today iconic filmmaker Michael Mann made his first trip to Comic-Con showcasing his latest thriller BLACKHAT. In addition to screening footage, Mann brought to the stage his lead actor, the mighty Chris Hemsworth. BLACKHAT will be released on January 16, 2015. Comic-Con favorite, the multi-hyphenate Guillermo del Toro, brought a sneak peek of his upcoming gothic horror film, CRIMSON PEAK, in theaters October 16, 2015; and director Duncan Jones took the stage to showcase footage from the recently wrapped production of WARCRAFT based upon one of the most popular video games of all time. Jones showed footage as a follow-up to the mood-setting piece introduced at last year’s convention. WARCRAFT will be released on March 11, 2016.
Legendary also gave fans a look at an extended trailer for its upcoming horror film AS ABOVE/SO BELOW, which arrives in North American theaters on August 29, 2014 via Universal Pictures, Legendary’s distribution partner across its film slate. Future GODZILLA installments will, however, be distributed by Warner Bros., Legendary’s partner on the first film in that revitalized franchise.