While Japan will be enjoying a Godzilla movie release this year, it looks like the rest of the world will have to wait. Yesterday Warner Bros. announced the sequel to 2014’s American Godzilla, produced by Legendary Pictures, would be pushed back to March 22, 2019. That’s less than a year from its original June 8th 2018 date, but now makes the movie more than three years out.
The same director (Gareth Edwards) and writers of the 2014 Godzilla will be coming along for the new movie. Its working title is currently Godzilla 2 and not some grandiose thing like the Japanese sequels usually are. In the past Godzilla 2 was Godzilla Raids Again in English and Counterattack of Godzilla in Japanese. It might make it kind of hard for a fan to get synched for a plain, old Godzilla 2, but at least there’s three years now to get warmed up to it.
While there is no word on the plot yet, Edwards has stated before that he wanted his film to be a standalone, but was open to the idea of sequels if done right.
“I want a story that begins and ends, and you leave on a high. That’s all we cared about when we were making this; just this film. If this film is good, the others can come, but let’s just pay attention to this and not get sidetracked by other things.” – Gareth Edwards, director
The release date news wasn’t all bad on the Godzilla front with WB, though. The date for highly anticipated monster clash Godzilla vs. Kong (as in The King) was given — March 29th 2020. This will be three years after next year’s Kong: Skull Island is released. Skull Island was revealed by the movie’s star Tom Hiddleston to be a fresh take on the giant ape.
“It’s not set in the ’30s. There’s no movie director with a map. There’s no out-of-work actress down on her luck. All of that stuff is respected, we’re just trying to do something new with the myth because Kong is an icon of movies.” – Tom Hiddleston, actor and the true Loki
Again there are no details for Godzilla vs. Kong. We can only assume this is not a remake of 1962’s Toho film Kingu Kongu Tai Gojira, which was quite frankly a jumbled mess by any measure. 50 years ago it was acceptable to have a guy in a apparently stoned gorilla suit fight a guy in a lizard suit. It’s something that stands the test of time.