Warner Bros. Pictures has released a new trailer and release date for Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire. The clip includes some new material alongside previously seen visuals of the titular monsters. The film will hit theaters in the United States on March 29 before it makes its way to Japan on April 26.
Godzilla and Kong take on the roles of protagonists in Godzilla x Kong, a departure from Godzilla Minus One and Kong: Skull Island.
The one-minute trailer for Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire showcases the intense action that will be in store, with the enormous monsters wreaking havoc across the planet. Their battle takes them from remote picturesque locations to the middle of human civilization. Even the Roman Colosseum isn’t safe from the chaos.
According to the official synopsis, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire continues after the showdown between Godzilla and Kong. It promises to take viewers on a new cinematic journey, pitting the titular creatures against a new threat hidden within our world. The film will also explore the origin of these Titans and the mysteries of Skull Island and beyond.
Directed by Adam Wingard from a script by Terry Rossio, Simon Barrett, and Jeremy Slater, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire serves as a sequel to 2021’s Godzilla vs. Kong. As the seventh installment and fifth film in the MonsterVerse, it stands as the 38th entry in the overall Godzilla franchise, the 13th film in the King Kong series, and the fifth Godzilla film entirely produced by an American film studio.
The decision to create Godzilla x Kong was motivated by the commercial success of its predecessor, Godzilla vs. Kong. The film boasts a star-studded cast, including Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Dan Stevens, Kaylee Hottle, Alex Ferns, and Fala Chen, with Hall, Henry, and Hottle reprising their respective roles from the previous installment.
The Reason For The Pink Glow
Godzilla x Kong director Adam Wingard recently explained his decision to give Godzilla a pinkish glow. The filmmaker believes the aesthetic creates a nostalgic time capsule of the 80s reminiscent of the action figures of the decade. It also serves as a way for him to leave a creative mark on the franchise. “They’re toys, basically. I’m an adult being able to play with hundreds of millions of dollars,” Wingard said.
Godzilla and Kong take on the roles of protagonists in Godzilla x Kong, a departure from Godzilla Minus One and Kong: Skull Island. Fans also noticed that the characters appeared more battle-worn compared to previous installments. Wingard explained that this new look is crucial to the ongoing narrative, tracing back to the 2014 Godzilla film.
Additionally, he expressed his desire to fully unleash his creativity by presenting a unique Godzilla design of his own. “Very specifically in the last film, I wanted Godzilla to have a continuity, to look the way that he had in King of the Monsters and the 2014 Godzilla,” Wingard said. Since he didn’t get a chance to do his version of Godzilla, the filmmaker was able to try different things in Godzilla x Kong.
The film will also explore the origin of these Titans and the mysteries of Skull Island and beyond.
Godzilla and Kong have left an indelible mark on the film industry long before Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire. Godzilla, created in 1954 as a symbol of nuclear devastation, evolved through the Showa, Heisei, and Millennium eras in Japanese cinema. From a destructive force to a more heroic figure, Godzilla’s narrative explored societal and political themes. The 2016 release of Shin Godzilla presented a grotesque and monstrous incarnation, emphasizing contemporary issues.
Kong debuted in the 1933 classic King Kong, showcasing groundbreaking stop-motion animation. Remakes in 1976 and 2005 expanded on Kong’s tale, deepening the relationship between the giant ape and Ann Darrow. Toho’s 1962 film, King Kong vs. Godzilla, marked an early crossover between the two iconic monsters. Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire will see the pair share the screen one more time.