The project was announced in October 2015 when Legendary announced plans for a shared cinematic universe between Godzilla and King Kong. The film's writers room was assembled in March 2017, and Wingard was announced as the director in May 2017. Principal photography began in November 2018 in Hawaii, Australia and Hong Kong, and wrapped in April 2019.
After being delayed from a November 2020 release date due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Godzilla vs. Kong was theatrically released internationally on March 24, 2021, and in the United States on March 31, simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max. The film received generally positive reviews from critics, with praise for its visual effects and action sequences, but with criticism towards the writing of the human characters. It has grossed $123 million worldwide, making it the fourth highest-grossing film of 2021.