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The King Kong pre­quel has jumped stu­dio sky­scrapers, clam­ber­ing from Uni­ver­sal Pic­tures to Warner Bros like some grunt­ing, tribesman- tram­pling, chest- thump­ing overex­tended gi­ant go­rilla metaphor. And for once that’s a po­ten­tially ex­cit­ing piece of be­hind- the- scenes Hol­ly­wood pol­i­tics. Warner Bros brought us Godzilla last year and word is the stu­dio’s al­ready prep­ping a big screen square- off be­tween the pre­his­toric beast and the uber- ape. It won’t be the first time that the pair have gone toe to toe, of course – Toho Stu­dios brought us the love­ably un­der­funded King Kong Vs Godzilla back in 1964. Don’t look for any su­per­sized lizards in Kong: Skull Is­land, though. We won’t see the screen- shak­ing smack­down un­til af­ter Godzilla 2. But the movie’s script is re­port­edly be­ing tweaked to in­clude Pro­ject Monarch, the mon­ster- hunt­ing op­er­a­tion seen in Godzilla. Thomas Mann and John Good­man join a cast that al­ready boasts Tom Hid­dle­ston, Brie Lar­son and Sa­muel L Jack­son. The Jor­dan Vogt- Roberts helmed movie is un­leashed on 10 March 2017.

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