An interesting new report from Deadline suggests that two legendary monster movie properties may be gearing up for an epic onscreen showdown.

According to the trade, former Universal property "Kong: Skull Island" has recently switched studios and moved to Warner Bros. While that in and of itself isn't all that interesting -- in-development films can change studios at any time, especially before the cameras roll -- what makes the move significant is that Warner Bros. is the current studio behind the "Godzilla" franchise. Could this mean that a King Kong vs. Godzilla flick is on the horizon?

Deadline's report emphatically suggests so, stating that the switch was made specifically to "unite the property with [production company] Legendary's other giant franchise, 'Godzilla.'" And furthermore, Deadline says, that makes way for "the 'Godzilla' sequel that is in the works [to] be followed by a movie that pits the giant ape versus the giant fire breathing reptile."

Considering how high interest in both creatures is right now -- both properties were long-dormant in Hollywood before the announcement of "Skull Island," and 2014's "Godzilla" subsequently roared new life into that franchise -- this move makes sense. There's no set timeline on this just yet, and "Godzilla 2" isn't due to hit theaters until at least 2018, so we'll have to wait a while before this is confirmed.

But the possibility is intriguing and exciting, and immediately brings to mind the classic "Godzilla" flicks of the 1960s, when the titular beast battled a host of other giant creatures like Mothra (who is slated to appear in "Godzilla 2"). Kong is certainly more iconic, though, and this could be a truly spectacular battle. Keep your fingers crossed, and stay tuned.

[via: Deadline]

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