Shortly after Warner Bros. moved up the film’s theatrical release two months earlier than planned from May 21 to March 26, the studio pushed back its domestic release by another week. Now, “Godzilla vs. Kong” will hit theaters and streaming service HBO Max simultaneously on March 31. The monster mash-up will be released internationally, where HBO Max is not available, ahead of North America on March 26.
As part of the date announcement, Warner Bros. has put James Wan’s horror film “Evil” back on the schedule, setting the thriller for Sept. 10.
The latest “Godzilla vs. Kong” postponement came in response to news that MGM is moving the James Bond sequel “No Time to Die” from April 2 to Oct. 8. Sony’s “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway,” also set for April 2, has been pushed back to June. With most films pushed back to early 2021, “Godzilla vs. Kong” will open Wednesday ahead of Universal’s action thriller “Nobody,” starring Bob Odenkirk.
Legendary Entertainment, the production company behind “Godzilla vs. Kong,” recently reconciled with Warner Bros. after the studio threatened legal action for sending all of its 2021 films to streaming service HBO Max on the same day they hit theaters. Legendary was frustrated that Warner Bros, its frequent collaboration partner, had previously blocked Netflix’s $250 million monster movie bid. The two companies have apparently ironed out their frustrations and agreed on a release strategy that satisfies both sides.
Adam Wingard directed “Godzilla vs. Kong,” the fourth installment in Legendary’s monster universe following “Godzilla,” “Kong: Skull Island” and “Godzilla: King of the Monsters.” Eric Pearson and Max Borenstein penned the script. The upcoming crossover – starring Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall and Brian Tyree Henry – pits the otherworldly giants against each other in an epic battle.