Earlier this week we reported that Legendary and Warner Bros.’ Godzilla 2 is going to be postponed by over half a year. Initially, the sequel was planned for a 2018 release, but was shunted back to March 22nd, 2019 instead.
That’s a five year gap from Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla reboot, which received generally positive reviews and had box office success. Earning $93.2 million for the entire weekend, making it the fifth highest opening weekend in 2014.
Following the success of Godzilla, Edwards was likely to direct the sequel, but promptly signed on to do Disney’s long-awaited first Star Wars spinoff, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. A teaser trailer was released in April on Good Morning America.
Deadline now reports that Edwards has officially decided to step away from Godzilla 2 in order to pursue smaller-scaled projects rather than do back-to-back tentpole-size pictures. Legendary and Warner Bros are looking for a to replace Edwards as they also work on Godzilla Vs Kong, which has been set for release on May 20, 2020. Max Borenstein, the writer who wrote the screenplay for 2014’s Godzilla has returned to pen the sequel.
Legendary acquired rights to additional classic characters from Toho’s Godzilla universe including Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah. So kaiju fans should expect to experience another monstrous battle in the very near future.