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    Crews film a scene of "Godzilla vs. Kong" at Lanai Lookout on Thursday.


    Film crews work along Kalanianaole Highway at Lanai Lookout, a popular spot for sightseers.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Entertainment continue to film the sequel to their monster movies throughout Hawaii this week through at least December.

Production crews began filming “Godzilla vs. Kong”on Oahu Monday, and have already worked at various sites, including the USS Missouri, Manoa Falls and downtown Honolulu. They have also set up camp at Lanai Lookout along Kalanianaole Highway, and the parking lot remains closed until Nov. 21, according to the state Department of Transportation.

“We’re using the jungle, using the city, obviously using the streets,” said film unit publicist Deborah Simmrin. “It has kind of a vast landscape. Everything’s going well. We love being here.”

Local crews and extras have been hired for the film, and they will be looking for more extras down the line, Simmrin said.

From Nov. 19 to 20, the left lanes of the H-3 Freeway at Harano Tunnel will also be closed — from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Honolulu/Halawa-bound direction, and from 5 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Kaneohe/Kailua-bound direction, state transportation officials said.

State officials referred to the film as “Apex,” and signs have been spotted around Oahu.

In 2013, Warner Bros. and Legendary also used Waikiki as the backdrop for the “Godzilla” movie, complete with foam cutouts to resemble broken concrete walls, a downed helicopter and 225 extras.

Warner Bros./Legendary hailed “Godzilla” as a global success, followed by “Kong: Skull Island” in 2017 and is planning for the release of the highly anticipated “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” next year. Film producers describe “Godzilla vs. Kong” as an action-adventure pitting the fearsome Godzilla against the mighty King Kong, with humanity caught in the balance.

Filming is taking place in Hawaii and Australia.

“Godzilla vs. Kong” is directed by Adam Wingard (“The Guest”) and stars Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, and Rebecca Hall. The film is scheduled for release on May 22, 2020.

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