Godzilla Vs Kong On the best way to Netflix or HBO max

In the wake of giant blockbusters like Mulan and Wonder Woman 1984 Debut streaming instead of waiting for the mass exhibition to be safe again, Godzilla Vs. Kong could take a similar path. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the big-budget monster-verse crossover extravaganza is very likely to take a bow to a streaming service – and two of the biggest have the money to play around and see who’s winning.

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The film is produced by Legendary Pictures and distributed by Warner Bros., which would give the impression that, like its WB brothers Wonder Woman, it would debut on HBO Max in 1984, right? Maybe not. According to sources, Netflix slumped on Legendary with an offer of more than $ 200 million for its streaming debut. An offer that would give Legendary nice cash flow (especially given that it bears most of the financial burden of an unreleased blockbuster movie) and Netflix a nice slice of international cultural relevance. That offer allegedly prompted the powers of HBO Max to scramble and come up with a counter offer of their own in order to keep everything in the WB family. However, a Warner Bros. spokesperson commented, “We plan to release Godzilla vs. Kong in theaters next year as planned.”

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The theatrical release date is currently May 21, 2021, but a lot can happen between now and then, especially when the pandemic problems of packing into a theater are as prevalent as they are today. If I had to guess who will win between Netflix and HBO Max, my money is on the big red N, especially considering how much money they have left during the pandemic (despite wild cancellations), how much HBO Max and WB are right now got confused and stalled with theirs principle and Wonder Woman 1984 botch, and how desperate Legendary has to be to generate a return on this property (i.e. they want the fastest deal Netflix wants to offer). Plus: Netflix wants as many big budget blockbusters as they can get, especially given the lucrative cash available in international markets like China that Netflix doesn’t have a presence in. Perhaps Netflix may have limited theatrical releases in safe countries as part of their offer to just expand their footprint to the size of a giant kaiju.

The film, the fourth in the contemporary legendary monster verse (after) Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island, and Godzilla: King of the Monsters), is directed by Adam Wingard (You’re next) and has actors like Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall and Kyle Chandler.

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