Eight Writers Join Forces to Tell the Story of Godzilla vs. King Kong

Posted 2017/03/13 5971 0

Terry Rossio, known for his work on the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movies, will head the crack creature crew.


Kong: Skull Island is opening in theaters today, but Legendary Entertainment is setting its sights on a bigger prize: the eventual clash of King Kong and Godzilla. To that end, the studio has announced the assemblage of a writers room that will author the story beats of Kong vs. Godzilla, under the direction of Pirates of the Caribbean screenwriter Terry Rossio.

Rossio is a veteran screenplay writer best known for his work on The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. He's also worked on the scripts for films like Shrek, Aladdin, Small Soldiers, and he's even got a story credit on that terrible Matthew Broderick Godzilla movie. The rest of Rossio's writing cohorts includes:

Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne, who co-wrote Star Trek Beyond and who are working on Star Trek 4;

Lindsey Beer, who is currently adapting The Kingkiller Chronicles for Lionsgate;

Cat Vasko, currently penning Warner Bros.'s adaptation of period circus love story, Queen of the Air;

T.S. Nowlin, the writer of the Maze Runner movies who already worked for Legendary on its Pacific Rim sequel;

Jack Paglen, a writer and actor, known for Transcendence (2014), Alien: Covenant (2017) and Roadside Picnic (2017).

And J. Michael Straczynski, the comic book writer and creator of 1990s sci-fi show Babylon 5 whose recent credits include World War Z and co-creating Netflix show Sense8 with the Wachowskis.

The eight writers will be figuring out the best way to approach the film as well as breaking down the beats of the story. Once the heavy lifting has been none, a writer will then be chosen to tackle the script.

Godzilla, released in 2014, was the first entry, and Skull Island, during its development, was retrofitted to fold into an overall story. Legendary is now in the casting stages of a sequel to Godzilla, titled Godzilla: King of the Monsters, with Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga and Millie Bobby Brown so far on the roll call. That movie has a March 22, 2019, release date. Godzilla vs. Kong is eyeing May 29, 2020.