It looks like Warner Bros. will remove the barrier to keep Godzilla vs. Kong on their HBO Max release plans, as a settlement with Legendary is near. As previously reported, Legendary Entertainment was not happy with Warner’s announcement that their full 2021 roster – including Legendary’s Dune and Godzilla vs. Kong – will be released day and day in theaters and on HBO Max, the latter being the case for 31 days. Godzilla vs. Kong in particular, it was a problem because Warner Bros. reportedly blocked a Netflix offer in November for the kaiju smashup that reportedly exceeded $ 225 million.
These situations are set to be resolved according to Deadline, who reports that the two sides are on the verge of reaching a deal that will keep the film on Warner Bros. current strategy. A regulation on Dune is still being worked out between the two parties.
The site adds that WarnerMedia has had “countless discussions” with agents to ensure talent is paid properly after the switch to the HBO Max / theater hybrid schedule. The studio moves in with Patty Jenkins, Kristen Wiig and Gal Gadot to Wonder Woman 1984 based on how the film would do in a break-even situation, and these are negotiations currently underway with the cast of Dune although director Denis Villeneuve still wants the film to be kept in theaters as well.
Godzilla vs. Kong is currently slated for a May 21 release, while Dune is scheduled for October 1.