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Godzilla: King of Monsters is an upcoming 2019 American science fiction monster film produced by Legendary Pictures, and the second entry in the Legendary series of Godzilla films. It will be released to American theaters on March 22, 2019.[2]

Development

Gareth Edwards stated that he wanted Godzilla to work as a standalone film with a definitive ending, and opposed suggestions that the ending should leave the film open for a sequel.[3] While Edwards wasn't against the possibility of future sequels, his main concern was delivering a satisfying experience with the current film; "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."[4]

On May 18th, 2014, after Godzilla's successful opening weekend, a sequel was officially given the green light from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. Edwards was confirmed to be directing the sequel but it was unknown if any of the previous cast would be returning. In a previous interview with Gareth Edwards, he said that if the film were to have a sequel that he would like to do a Destroy All Monsters-like film.[5]

On July 26, 2014, the official Legendary Twitter announced that Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah would be appearing in the sequel.[6]

A piece of "Classified Monarch Footage," a teaser for Godzilla 2, was shown at Comic-Con 2014. According to eye-witnesses, it looked like it was put together in the 1960's, with audio of John F. Kennedy talking about threats and dangers. Text comes on the screen saying that there was one more secret: "There were others." A pterodactyl-like shadow and "CODENAME: RODAN." An extreme close-up of a giant moth creature and "CODENAME: MOTHRA." Then a silhouette and quick cuts around a dragon-like shape figure and "CODENAME: GHIDORAH." Finally, "THREAT ASSESSMENT: CONFLICT INEVITABLE," followed by "LET THEM FIGHT."[7]

On Thursday, August 14, 2014, a release date of June 8, 2018 was set for Godzilla 2.[2] The four-year gap between Godzilla and Godzilla 2 was due in part to Gareth Edwards directing the film Star Wars: Rogue One and as a result being unavailable to begin work on Godzilla 2 until 2016.

On December 8, 2014, Toho announced production of a new Japanese Godzilla film for 2016. Despite being released between Legendary's Godzilla films, the new Toho film, Godzilla: Resurgence, will be a standalone film not connected to Legendary's series, and will have no effect on the production of Godzilla 2.

On July 9, 2015, Legendary Pictures' spokesperson at Comic-Con, Barnaby Legg, told Dread Central that Legendary was aware of fans' complaints about Godzilla's lack of screentime in the 2014 film, and that the sequel would give fans "exactly what you're hoping for."[8]

In an interview with Collider conducted in early August 2015, writer Max Borenstein revealed that he is currently writing the script for the film, and promised that the sequel would do "bigger and even better things" than the first film. Borenstein also expressed his excitement for the film, and enthusiasm for working with Gareth Edwards once again.[9]

On October 14, 2015, Legendary Pictures officially announced production of a remake of King Kong vs. Godzilla titled Godzilla vs. Kong set for release in 2020. The film will follow both Godzilla 2 and Legendary's Kong: Skull Island.[10]

On May 10, 2016, an article revealed that the release dates of both Godzilla 2 and Godzilla vs. Kong had been changed to March 22, 2019 and May 29, 2020 respectively.[11] Only three days later, it was reported that Gareth Edwards had left the film in order to pursue other projects.[12]

On October 17, 2016, it was announced that Godzilla 2 will be shot at the Qingdao Movie Metropolis facility in China alongside Pacific Rim 2.[13]

On October 20, 2016, Variety reported that Michael Dougherty and Zach Shields, who had recently co-wrote Legendary's Christmas horror-comedy Krampus, would be stepping on as the new writers for Godzilla 2. In addition, sources indicated that Legendary was planning to set up a writer's room to further expand the Godzilla-Kong cinematic universe leading up to Godzilla vs. Kong in 2020.[1]

On December 14, 2016, in a press release announcing the hiring of new production executives, Legendary revealed the official titles for both Godzilla 2 and the Pacific Rim sequel. Godzilla 2's official title is Godzilla: King of Monsters, while the Pacific Rim sequel's official title is Pacific Rim: Uprising.[14]

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Spinocroc123

one month ago
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Yay! a new title!
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Toolen

2 months ago
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I don't know about the new writers. I'm a fan of Trick'r Treat, but I'm not sure if Michael Dougherty is the write writer for a Godzilla film. As for Zach Shields, I'm not particularly familiar with his work. What has he worked on besides Krampus?
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Titanollante

2 months ago
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Just a bunch of indie and short films and is currently working on a religious film. I have no clue how this guy got in here.
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The King of the Monsters

2 months ago
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Shields is probably just part of the package and comes with Dougherty. They both collaborated on Krampus, which was successful, so Legendary hired them both together. Dougherty has a much more established track record than Shields though.
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Toolen

2 months ago
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I just hope they come up with something that stays true to the spirit of the Godzilla franchise like the 2014 film was. Neither of these writers have much (if any) experience working on Kaiju films or the like. Is Dougherty even familiar with the old Godzilla films? I never took him for the type who would be interested in working on this kind of film.
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The King of the Monsters

2 months ago
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Dougherty has publicly stated that he grew up with the old Godzilla films. I think he was even considered to direct G14 before Edwards was chosen. I know a few years ago Dougherty was writing for a cancelled Disney movie called Calling All Robots, which would have been an animated tribute to the Showa Godzilla films.
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Toolen

one month ago
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Oh. Well, that's certainly encouraging. If he grew up watching the old Godzilla films, he probably has a good idea of what fans will be expecting.
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Spinocroc123

4 months ago
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So if they get a director by this year would that mean that this film might be released earlier than usual?
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The King of the Monsters

4 months ago
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The movie is coming out on March 22, 2019 regardless of when they name a new director.
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Asantalo

2 months ago
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But Michael Dougherty is directing the movie.
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GodzillaIsland7.2

2 months ago
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That was already confirmed to be untrue:

https://twit...562253041664
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Indominus Rex 2016

4 months ago
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Who else wants to se Anguirus in this movie?
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Deathrock9

4 months ago
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I would be they've already got 4 monsters in it which all need to have their own amount of screen time. I dunno if they could squeeze Anguirus in there or not. Plus they have to get the rights to the character first.
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Kaijuuuuuuuu1

22 days ago
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For me Rodan, King Ghidorah, Rodan and Godzilla are enough if not too many.
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Spinocroc123

4 months ago
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i hope emmerich doesn't come back.
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Deathrock9

4 months ago
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I doubt they'll bring in Emmerich as the new director.
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Toolen

4 months ago
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I seriously doubt they're stupid enough to hire Emmerich as director. They're trying to avoid similarities with the 1998 film.
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Magara M&E

2 months ago
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After 1998 Toho won't allow it
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MosuFan2004

9 days ago
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I doubt that Emmerich is going to be the main villain in this film.