Warner Bros. Pictures is moving around the release dates for two upcoming sequels. The studio has moved “Godzilla vs. Kong” ahead two months to March 13, 2020, and “Space Jam 2” is moving into the July 16, 2021 spot.
“Godzilla vs. Kong” is the next installment in the monster franchise, or it will be after “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” releases this May. Michael Dougherty directed “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” for Warner Bros. Pictures, the film stars Bradley Whitford, Millie Bobby Brown, and Vera Farmiga. Adam Wingard will direct “Godzilla vs. Kong,” which will feature Eiza González, Danai Gurira, Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, and Ziyi Zhang.
The first “Godzilla” film in the rebooted franchise had a $93M opening weekend back in 2014; the film went on to make over $200M domestically and over $529M worldwide. “Kong: Skull Island” released in 2017, opening with $61M before making $566M worldwide.
“Space Jam 2” will star LeBron James in the leading role, but the studio hasn’t confirmed the full cast. Terence Nance is expected to direct the movie for Warner Bros. Pictures. So far, the July 2021 schedule is pretty open, but it will fill up over the next year and a half. Disney has an untitled live-action film scheduled for that month, and Paramount Pictures is expected to release “Mission Impossible 7” sometime in July as well. It will be interesting to see which studios decided to challenge Warner Bros. Pictures and the big “Space Jam” sequel on opening weekend.
The original “Space Jam” debuted back in 1996. The film opened at number-one on the domestic charts with a $27M opening, just beating out Ron Howard’s “Ransom” starring Mel Gibson and Rene Russo. “Space Jam” made over $90M domestically and over $230M worldwide. Joe Pytka directed the film which starred Michael Jordan, Wayne Knight, Theresa Randle, Bill Murray, and a long list of N.B.A. player cameos and Looney Tunes characters.