Updated: Mar 21
Following the announcement of the Monsterverse TV show “Hourglass”, you would expect more follow reports about the show. Instead, we got a rather interesting report from Australian newspaper service Courier-Mail that a new Monsterverse movie is in the works and beginning to film in Queensland, Australia.
The article reads, “In a $120 million boost for Queensland’s film industry, Legendary Entertainment has confirmed a Godzilla vs Kong sequel will be filmed in the Gold Coast.
The production was secured through a $16 million investment of Federal Government funding and a further $6.3 million from the State Government. It is the conclusion to lengthy negotiations to lock in the deal with Legendary Entertainment, after the production got caught up in a State and Federal stoush over disclosing their funding incentives.
Producer Eric McLeod said the team were excited to be returning to Queensland for the third time.
The untitled Godzilla vs Kong sequel is expected to inject more than $119 million into the Australian economy, employ more than 500 Australian cast and crew, and more than 750 Australian extras.
Filming dates are yet to be announced."
In short, Legendary Entertainment was given government funds to make a new Monsterverse movie in the hopes that Australia's economy will get a large boost. With no further details about the movie and who is directing or casted into the movie nor any other sources such as Variety and The Hollywood Reporter reporting on this announcement, it shows that Courier-Mail made the announcement right after the deal was made.
UPDATE: This morning, more news sources such as Variety and The Hollywood Reporter have picked up this story. Yesterday, Australia’s Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has confirmed on her Twitter that production of the new film will begin in Queensland Australia. One interesting new detail that is reported is that cameras will begin rolling later this year. That has to mean that this new movie has been in pre-production ever since Godzilla vs Kong first released. Again, there is no exact date for when production will begin, but it sounds like they will be starting very soon. In other words, this is now officially confirmed.
To say that this is an official announcement would be an understatement as not even Legendary Entertainment themselves has even announced this project. For now, we can rule this as rumor until more details of the new film emerges or until it is officially announced by Legendary.
Eric McLeod was the producer for Godzilla vs Kong as well as 47 Ronin, Unstoppable, Tropic Thunder, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Austin Powers: Goldmember, and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me. For most of his career, he has been executive producer including Black Adam, Skyscraper, Pacific Rim: Uprising, Kong: Skull Island, Blackhat, Horror Filmed: The Poe Experiment, The Lone Ranger, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.
Just to note, when they say "Godzilla vs Kong sequel" they could just mean the next Monsterverse movie in general. Much like how "Hourglass" takes place after Godzilla (2014) and the anime Skull Island will take place way before Kong: Skull Island. It is just the next installment for the series. There is no implication (yet) that Kong and Godzilla will meet up again for a rematch.
One thing people have pointed out is that this could be another Kong movie since one of the filming locations for both Kong: Skull Island and Godzilla vs Kong was in Queensland, Australia. Maybe, we get to explore the Hollow Earth in this next movie since that is where Kong lives now.
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