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Godzilla vs Kong Might Skip Theatrical Release, Hit Streaming Service Instead

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BY November 27, 2020

With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic causing theater closures and low ticket sales around the globe, it’s no wonder studios are starting to panic. Releasing something anywhere is a huge risk right now. So, it makes sense that streaming services are having the last laugh, as numbers are breaking records on a regular basis. Films like Mulan and Soul already jumped ship and went straight to Disney+, but what about the dozens of other planned theatrical releases? Well, Godzilla vs Kong might be the next release to end up online.

Godzilla vs Kong Might Release On A Streamer Instead

We all know about Godzilla, and we have all marveled at King Kong. But what happens when these two greats go up against each other? Godzilla vs Kong is the highly anticipated sequel to Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Kong: Skull Island, where the film will heighten the tension within the MonsterVerse. The film initially planned for a May 2020 release, but after various pushbacks, its current theatrical plan is for May 21, 2021. Who thinks that will happen? Not us.

The Legendary Pictures film has Warner Bros. Pictures as their worldwide distributor. So, when Netflix made a reported $200 million bid for the film, WarnerMedia decided to block it. Rumors are now swirling stating that the film will head straight to HBO Max, avoiding theaters altogether. Statements have come from Warner Bros spokespeople claiming that the theatrical release is still going to go as planned, but we aren’t so certain.

HBO Max's Movie Lineup Image Credit: HBO Max

With the latest announcement of Wonder Woman 1984 heading to HBO Max, we have a feeling that this will work as an experiment for the streaming service. If the film does well, then they have no reason not to go for it when it comes to the Godzilla vs Kong release!

Readers, what do you think? Should HBO Max release Godzilla vs Kong on the streaming platform, or head to theaters instead? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Featured image (Godzilla: King of Monsters) via Warner Bros. Pictures.


Meghan Hale is a graduate student living right outside of Toronto, Canada. She has always been the go-to gal for talking about anything film related and has a frustratingly long list of movie trivia up her sleeve. She is currently working on her first screenplay, as well as a horror novel, with the goal of publishing it while Stephen King is still around to read it.

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