Are you ready for more giant monster news? With the upcoming releases of movies like Pacific Rim 2 and Colossal, it can be easy to forget the original rampaging, sky scraper-toppling monster -- that’s right, we’re talking about Godzilla.
Godzilla 2 -- the sequel to the 2014 movie starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston -- has had some change-ups going on behind the scenes. At first, it looked like Michael Dougherty and Zach Shields would only write Godzilla 2, but now Dougherty has been announced as the film’s director as well, taking over the role from Gareth Edwards, who directed the first movie as well as the hit film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The split has been described as "amicable" by Deadline, saying that Edwards had his own projects he’d like to pursue.
Dougherty’s previous films fall into the horror genre, including the cult film Trick r Treat and the Christmas horror/comedy Krampus, which was also co-written by Shields. Alex Garcia will be overseeing the project for Legendary Studios. In addition to the new director, there are also big plans for Godzilla in the works, as back in October 2015 is was announced that Godzilla and King Kong would cross paths in a future film. Legendary will be developing both franchises which will be distributed by Warner Bros. The deal involved Legendary giving over their distribution rights to Warner Bros. in order to create what they call an ecosystem of giant superspecies. Basically, you can expect more giant monster brawls in the years ahead as this new universe is developed.
Godzilla 2 is currently scheduled for a March 22, 2019, with Godzilla vs. Kong set for May 29, 2020.
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