News broke yesterday that Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Godzilla 2 has lost its director Gareth Edwards who had previously made the first installment. Deadline is reporting that Edwards has stepped down because he would rather work on smaller-scale projects after he finishes up Star Wars: Rogue One instead of two back to back grand films.
This makes sense for a director who has just stepped into the big Hollywood spotlight. His first film that got him recognized, and the key to Godzilla, was called Monsters and it is obviously not as large as of a film that he’s lined up to do now. Still, this is sad news because 2014’s Godzilla was spectacular, showing us the realism of humans dealing with The King of Monsters as he fights off extraterrestrial beings.
Recently this week we learned that the release dates for Godzilla 2 and Kong vs Godzilla have both been pushed to 2019 and 2020. No doubt Godzilla 2 will feature a new monster (Rodan, Mothra, or King Ghidorah from the reveal of last year’s Comic-Con), but also pave way for the set up of Kong vs Godzilla the following year. Maybe we can get a Monster Island theme in the mix?
Before we get another taste of our giant lizard friend, we will be introduced to the new King Kong in Kong: Skull Island releasing on March 10, 2017. Until then, both Legendary and Warner Bros. will have to find a new director to helm the next Godzilla movie.
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