Warner Bros Pictures has moved its Godzilla sequel back by nine months to a presummer 2019 slot and dated the giant lizard’s battle against King Kong for 14 months later, Deadline reports.
Godzilla 2, director Gareth Edwards‘ follow-up to his 2014 film starring Bryan Cranston, has been pushed to March 22, 2019; it had been slated for the previous June 8. And the Godzilla vs Kong throwdown will open in the summer sweet spot of May 29, 2020.
Godzilla 2 had been slated for an epic battle against the next Transformers behemoth that weekend, but now it will face off against Paramount’s Amusement Park, starring Matthew Broderick and Jennifer Garner. They both arrive two weeks after Disney’s Captain Marvel. Godzilla vs Kong has that next-decade date to itself.
Kong: Skull Island, the King Kong prequel that resets the universe, is currently in post for release on March 10, 2017. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, it stars Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson.
Meanwhile, TOHO’s latest in the Japanese Godzilla franchise, Godzilla: Resurgence, opens internationally on July 29th.