King Kong Prequel Moves From Universal to Warner Bros.

Cast members include Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston and Corey Hawkins

Last Updated: September 10, 2015 @ 7:32 PM

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.

Cast members include Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston, Jason Mitchell and Corey Hawkins.

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.

Alex Garcia and Eric McLeod are executive producing, while Max Borenstein, John Gatins and Dan Gilroy wrote the script.

Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce with Mary Parent.