Earlier this week there was an announcement that the sequel to the 2014 American version of Godzilla would be pushed back to a March 22, 2019 release date. Deadline is reporting today that Gareth Edwards is no longer the director of Warner Bros.’ upcoming Godzilla sequel. According to the report, the split was amicable.
It’s hard to feel bad for Gareth since he’s directing the upcoming first Star Wars spinoff movie for Disney. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is coming out later this year so it was probably not what caused the exit, it was more to do with his own projects he wanted to pursue. Though it should be noted that Edwards has previously stated his desire for Godzilla was to leave it as a standalone movie, without sequels.
Max Borenstien, who helped write the first Godzilla movie in the series, still has his version of the script as the one being used for production. No word yet on what the story will involve, or if there are any other familiar giant monsters making the cut.
We know our giant lizard friend will be meeting our favorite giant ape, King Kong, in the upcoming Kong: Skull Island. When the rights for that film were purchased, some of the famous beasts from the Toho era of Godzilla films were brought along as well. Perhaps Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah, and other Saturday morning favorites could fight with the big guy. Maybe this time around it could be a female lizard for a rom-com sort of film. The next movie in the series could lead to him being a single dad to his son, Minilla, from the Japanese version then.
Who knows? Perhaps there will be no other guest monsters at all, this go around. Instead, fans may be treated to an artistic film that explores the feelings of Godzilla as he ponders his place in the world.
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