Upcoming Godzilla vs Kong film may go directly to streaming
Netflix and WarnerMedia are reportedly both incredibly keen to acquire the film.
Godzilla vs Kong could be the latest blockbuster to be headed straight to streaming.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, it’s the subject of a fierce bidding war between Netflix and WarnerMedia who would like it to debut on their own streaming platform HBO Max.
Production company Legendary have declined to comment while a spokesperson from WarnerBros. only said “we plan to release Godzilla vs. Kong theatrically next year as scheduled."
COVID-19 has caused a significant number of films, including Marvel’s Black Widow, Dune, No Time to Die, Top Gun: Maverick and A Quiet Place II, to be delayed until 2021.
With so many major films set for next year, there’s a fear that Godzilla vs. Kong could get overshadowed by the competition. Releasing it on a streaming service however guarantees a pay day for Legendary.
It could also potentially go the way of delayed superhero sequel Wonder Woman: 1984 which will hit HBO Max the same day as it’s released in cinemas worldwide.
Netflix isn’t available in China, a country where these films have traditionally done very well, while HBO Max is currently a US-only streaming service. This type of dual release would ensure it’s accessible to as many fans as possible.
Directed by Adam Wingard, best known for the excellent slasher You’re Next, Godzilla vs Kong sees the titular two monsters clash “in a spectacular battle for the ages.”
On the human side, it stars Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Kyle Chandler and Julian Dennison.
Godzilla and its sequel King of the Monsters are both available to stream on NOW TV.