Will the epic clash of the titans find itself banished to HBO Max or Netflix?
We should have known. We should have guessed.
After last week’s decision from Warner Bros. to open ‘Wonder Woman 1984‘ at the theatres and HBO MAX on Christmas day in the United States, all eyes were focussed on what film would be next. Although no official announcement has been made, it is being reported that the studio is considering sending their big monster smackdown ‘Godzilla vs. Kong‘ to streaming alongside a theatrical release. The film has been delayed several times previously, twice due to the pandemic but was expected to be released across the world in multiplexes on May 21st, 2021. It is also being quoted that Netflix offered to pay $200million for the film, an offer Warner Bros. refused as they have plans to release the film on HBO Max themselves.
Legendary Pictures have so far not issued any statement on the reports but a spokesperson for Warner Bros has said “We plan to release ‘Godzilla vs. Kong‘ theatrically next year as scheduled”. That doesn’t exclude the possibility that the film will follow Wonder Woman 1984‘s example and launch simultaneously in theatres and streaming with a monthly restriction placed on the streaming element. This is possibly the way Warners is planning to go. As for the rest of the world, who don’t have access to HBO MAX, it will probably open in theatres as planned, the same as ‘WW84‘. The superhero sequel will be closely monitored to see how it performs. If Warner Bros.’s experimental approach works, then it is feasible to forecast that ‘Godzilla vs. Kong‘ will follow the same pattern.
Time will invariably tell and we still have no official announcement from the studio but, to be honest, Warners need to make their decision now and get their release plans set in stone. It will quite possibly be a lot safer to go back to the movies by May next year but there is no guarantee that this will be the case. But no matter what they decide, I’m ready to see the two greatest titans of them all go toe to toe and rip the world apart.
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Entertainment/Books and Literature Correspondent for The Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Entertainment/Books and Literature Correspondent for The Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter where he uses the force frequently!