Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Directed by Michael Dougherty
Produced by Thomas Tull, Brian Rogers, Mary Parent, Alex Garcia
Written by Michael Dougherty,
Zach Shields[1]
Music by To be announced
Distributor Warner Bros.
TohoJP
Rating To be announced
Budget To be announced
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Running Time To be announced

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

Description

"The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance."[3]

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.[4] 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."[5]

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.[6]

On July 26, 2014, the official Legendary Twitter announced that Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah would be appearing in the sequel.[7]

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."[8]

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, Shin Godzilla, 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."[9]

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.[10]

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.[11]

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.[12] Only three days later, it was reported that Gareth Edwards had left the film in order to pursue other projects.[13]

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.[14]

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 the Monsters, while the Pacific Rim sequel's official title is Pacific Rim: Uprising.[15]

On January 23rd, 2017, Variety reported that writer Michael Dougherty would also direct the film.[16] Four days later, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown would star in the film.[17] Variety reported on February 21st that Kyle Chandler had officially joined the cast and would be playing the father of Millie Bobby Brown's character. In the same article, Variety mentioned that of the previous film's stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, and Ken Watanabe, only Watanabe was expected to reprise his role.[18] On February 27, Variety reported that Vera Farmiga would also be starring in the film, and would be playing the mother of Millie Bobby Brown's character.[19] On March 27, Variety reported that Straight Outta Compton star O'Shea Jackson Jr. was in negotiations to join the film's cast.[20]

Issue #1036 of Production Weekly, published on March 30, 2017, revealed that the film's working title would be Fathom.[21]

On April 18, Deadline reported that Aisha Hinds had joined the film's cast. The article also stated that both O'Shea Jackson Jr. and Ken Watanabe were part of the cast as well.[22] On May 1, Deadline reported that Hamilton star Anthony Ramos had joined the film's cast, and would be playing a character named Cpl. Mendoza.[23] On May 18, Deadline reported that Charles Dance had joined the film's cast, and that Sally Hawkins would also be returning to reprise her role as Vivienne Graham from Godzilla.[24]

On May 20, 2017, director Michael Dougherty confirmed via Twitter that creature effects artist Tom Woodruff Jr. would be designing the monsters for the film.[25] On May 23, 2017, Dougherty confirmed via Twitter that practical monster effects would be used in the film.[26] The next day, Dougherty announced on Twitter that Randy Havens had joined the film's cast.[27] On May 31, Variety confirmed that Thomas Middleditch had joined the cast.[28] On June 2, Variety reported that Bradley Whitford had joined the film's cast.[29]

On June 8, 2017, The Tracking Board reported that Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi had joined the cast of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and would be playing a prominent member of Monarch.[30] On July 10, 2017, Deadline reported that The Walking Dead star Elizabeth Ludlow had joined the film's cast.[31]

On June 21, a Monarch timeline video was uploaded to the Kong: Skull Island Twitter account.[32] Another one was uploaded on June 25.[33] Another one, revealing that Monarch set up a base around Isla de Mona in 1991, was uploaded on July 5.[34]

On July 12, another timeline video was uploaded.[35] Three of the entries on the timeline appear to hint at the discoveries of Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah, with a year and brief description given for each.

1991; ISLA DE MONA - A covert Monarch team establishes a quarantine zone around the island's dormant volcano, under the guise of 'environmental research'. Over the coming years, what began as a small scientific outpost will expand to become a full containment facility around the mouth of the volcano.
2009; TEMPLE OF THE MOTH - Mythographic studies of Chinese temples leads Monarch to the high-altitude jungles of the Yunnan province. Dr. Emma Russell and her team follow a mysterious bio-acoustic signature to a previously undiscovered megalithic temple, within which lies a gigantic cocoon. A quickening heartbeat is detected inside.
2016; MONSTER ZERO - When Monarch discover an extraordinary superspecies sealed beneath the Antarctic ice sheet, Dr. Vivienne Graham leads the effort to build a covert containment and research facility around the dormant creature. Her classified field notes contain a mysterious footnote: "The devil has three heads."

Staff

Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.

Cast

Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.

  • Vera Farmiga   as  
  • Ken Watanabe   as   Dr. Ishiro Serizawa
  • Sally Hawkins   as   Dr. Vivienne Graham
  • Kyle Chandler   as  
  • Millie Bobby Brown   as  
  • Bradley Whitford   as   Dr. Stanton[36][additional citation needed]
  • Thomas Middleditch   as  
  • Charles Dance   as  
  • O'Shea Jackson Jr.   as  
  • Aisha Hinds   as  
  • Zhang Ziyi   as  
  • Anthony Ramos   as   Cpl. Mendoza
  • Randy Havens   as  
  • Jonathan Howard   as   Asher[37][additional citation needed]
  • Elizabeth Ludlow   as  

Production

Principal photography on Godzilla: King of the Monsters began on June 19, 2017, at Blackhall Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.[38]

Gallery

Main article: Godzilla: King of the Monsters/Gallery.

Videos

Set Footage

A bear crawls around a Godzilla: King of the Monsters set, presumably in Blackhall Studios

References

This is a list of references for Godzilla: King of the Monsters. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Michael Dougherty and Zach Shields to Write ‘Godzilla 2’ for Legendary (EXCLUSIVE) - Variety
  2. 2.0 2.1 [1]
  3. Business Wire - Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ MonsterVerse Kicks into Gear as the Next Godzilla Feature Gets Underway
  4. 'Godzilla' Sequel In The Works
  5. Collider.com Gareth Edwards interview
  6. Godzilla Director Game For Destroy All Monsters-type Sequel
  7. It's the news you've been waiting for. Monarch confirm Godzilla is not alone. Rodan! Mothra! King Ghidorah! #LegendarySDCC #SDCC - Twitter
  8. GODZILLA 2 Announced at Comic-Con; Will Feature Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah
  9. #SDCC15: Godzilla Sequel Promises to Deliver More Godzilla! - Dread Central
  10. Godzilla 2: Expect a "Bigger" and "Better" Sequel from Screenwriter Max Borenstein - Collider
  11. Legendary and Warner Bros. Pictures Announce Cinematic Franchise Uniting Godzilla, King Kong and Other Iconic Giant Monsters - Legendary
  12. 'Godzilla 2,' 'Godzilla vs. Kong' Stomp Out New Release Dates - The Wrap
  13. Director Gareth Edwards Exits 'Godzilla 2' - Deadline
  14. Wanda Unveils Plans for $8 Billion 'Movie Metropolis,' Reveals Details About Film Incentives
  15. Godzilla sequel and Pacific Rim sequel titles revealed - SuperHeroHype
  16. ‘Godzilla 2’ Finds Director in Michael Dougherty
  17. 'Stranger Things' Breakout Millie Bobby Brown Set to Star in 'Godzilla' Sequel (Exclusive)
  18. Kyle Chandler to Co-Star as Millie Bobby Brown’s Dad in ‘Godzilla’ Sequel (EXCLUSIVE)
  19. Vera Farmiga to Star as Millie Bobby Brown’s Mom in ‘Godzilla’ Sequel - Variety
  20. ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Star O’Shea Jackson Jr. Eyes ‘Godzilla’ Sequel (EXCLUSIVE) - Variety
  21. Production Weekly – Issue 1036 – Thursday, March 30, 2017 / 165 listings – 38 pages
  22. ‘Underground’s Aisha Hinds Boards ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters’ - Deadline
  23. Anthony Ramos Books ‘A Star Is Born’ & ‘Godzilla’ Sequel- Deadline
  24. Charles Dance & Sally Hawkins Join ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters’ | Deadline
  25. ZDoughterytwitter.png
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  27. Dougherty Twitter 3.JPG
  28. ‘Silicon Valley’ Star Thomas Middleditch Joins ‘Godzilla’ Sequel (EXCLUSIVE) - Variety
  29. Bradley Whitford Joins ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ - Variety
  30. ZHANG ZIYI JOINS “GODZILLA” SEQUEL AND LEGENDARY’S MONSTERVERSE AS KEY MONARCH FIGURE - The Tracking Board
  31. 'Godzilla Sequel Adds Elizabeth Ludlow - Deadline
  32. Every great organization has a beginning. Follow the timeline to learn about the history of Monarch. #KongSkullIsland
  33. 1973: Monarch launches its first expedition to the mythical “Skull Island.” #KongSkullIsland
  34. 1991: A covert Monarch team establishes a quarantine zone around a dormant volcano in Isle de Mona. #KongSkullIsland
  35. https://www.facebook.com/KongSkullIsland/videos/496867573984996/
  36. Bradley Whitford on IMDb
  37. Jonathan Howard on IMDb
  38. Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' MonsterVerse Kicks Into Gear as the Next Godzilla Feature Gets Underway

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Toa Hydros

2 months ago
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Any word on the plot?
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Astounding Beyond Belief

2 months ago
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Godzilla, Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah are in it. That's probably all we're getting until filming starts.
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MosuFan2004

one month ago
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Monarch discovered King Ghidorah beneath the Antarctic ice. That's all we currently know.
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Deathrock9

one month ago
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And Mothra was discovered in a cocoon or something inside a temple somewhere.
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S332749589ocdsb

one month ago
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And Rodan is discovered in a volcano.
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The King of the Monsters

3 months ago
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I'm intrigued by the possibility that Charles Dance could be playing a much older James Conrad. I'm also really glad to see Sally Hawkins back, and hope the film gives some much-needed development to both her and Ken Watanabe's characters.
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Spinocroc123

3 months ago
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I could see that.
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SkullIsland

4 months ago
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There a casting call for Godzilla 2


http://www.l...asting-call/
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Kaiju4EVER

5 months ago
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I'm so excited for this movie!
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Deathrock9

5 months ago
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It's kind of cool that we're getting kaiju films every year now.

2014
Godzilla

2016
Shin Godzilla

2017
Kong: Skull Island
Godzilla Anime Movie

2018
Pacific Rim: Uprising

2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters

2020
Godzilla vs. Kong
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SkullIsland

4 months ago
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Don't forget colossal
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MosuFan2004

5 months ago
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I live for this movie. I want to see Mothra come back so freakin' much!!! Can't wait to see how LegendaryMosuImago looks.
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Deathrock9

5 months ago
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I'm currently living for Godzilla vs. Kong.
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The King of the Monsters

5 months ago
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Good to see Kyle Chandler, whom I fondly remember as Bruce Baxter in the 2005 King Kong, being cast in the film. I'm also relieved that Ken Watanabe will be likely returning as Ishiro Serizawa, a character that I feel has a lot of potential and is probably the best choice to return out of the previous film's characters.
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Ryanhussain14

6 months ago
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I low-key want this movie to fix or explain the continuity discrepancies caused by Awakening with 2014.
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Spinocroc123

6 months ago
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I'm not so sure Legendary really minded about that comic anyway.
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The King of the Monsters

5 months ago
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If anything, it will either completely ignore that comic or completely wipe it away from canon.
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SkullIsland

4 months ago
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You could read my theory in the forums
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Deathrock9

7 months ago
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PLOT TWIST: This film is an adaptation of the Godzilla: Monster of Monsters NES Creepypasta but with a slightly different title.
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Spinocroc123

8 months ago
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Yay! a new title!
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Toolen

9 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

9 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

9 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

9 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

9 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

8 months 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

11 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

11 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

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

9 months ago
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That was already confirmed to be untrue:

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

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

11 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

7 months ago
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For me Rodan, King Ghidorah, Rodan and Godzilla are enough if not too many.
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Les

5 months ago
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Never. Too.

Many.
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SkullIsland

5 months ago
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They need to throw in skeleturtle and Gojirin then it will be bound to get an Oscar and 100% on rotten tomatoes. Not to mention a broadway musical.
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KaijuPotato

2 months ago
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If it were up to me i would replace Mothra with Anguirus cause he deserves to be in Godzilla movies more than Mothra. And just as a bonus i would add Varan cause he hasn't been in a film in nearly 50 years.
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Spinocroc123

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

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

11 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

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

7 months ago
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I doubt that Emmerich is going to be the main villain in this film.
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Spinocroc123

6 months ago
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lol dugong