Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ “King Kong” prequel “Kong: Skull Island” is moving from Universal to Warner Bros., an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.
The film is expected to hit theaters on March 10, 2017, while the plot remains under wraps though the story will be set in the mysterious, dangerous island home of the great ape as a team of explorers arrives.
In 2013, Universal and Legendary Entertainment entered a five-year film partnership, ending the production company’s eight-year association with Warner Bros., where it has helped finance and produce such films as “The Dark Knight,” “The Hangover” and “Man of Steel.”
Sources indicate that with Legendary moving back to Warner Bros. for this film, the studio hopes to create a new cinematic big-monster universe with “Kong” crossing over into future “Godzilla” films.
Warner Bros. successfully rebooted that franchise last year with Gareth Edwards‘ “Godzilla,” which grossed $200 million domestically.