Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)
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- Do not confuse with Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956) or any other media bearing the same title.
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 May 31, 2019.
"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."
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. 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."
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.
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."
On Thursday, August 14, 2014, a release date of June 8, 2018 was set for Godzilla 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."
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.
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.
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. Only three days later, it was reported that Gareth Edwards had left the film in order to pursue other projects.
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.
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.
On January 23rd, 2017, Variety reported that writer Michael Dougherty would also direct the film. Four days later, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown would star in the film. 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. 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. On March 27, Variety reported that Straight Outta Compton star O'Shea Jackson Jr. was in negotiations to join the film's cast.
Issue #1036 of Production Weekly, published on March 30, 2017, revealed that the film's working title would be Fathom.
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. 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. 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.
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. On May 23, 2017, Dougherty confirmed via Twitter that practical monster effects would be used in the film. The next day, Dougherty announced on Twitter that Randy Havens had joined the film's cast. On May 31, Variety confirmed that Thomas Middleditch had joined the cast. On June 2, Variety reported that Bradley Whitford had joined the film's cast.
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. On July 10, 2017, Deadline reported that The Walking Dead star Elizabeth Ludlow had joined the film's cast.
On June 21, a Monarch timeline video was uploaded to the Kong: Skull Island Twitter account. Another one was uploaded on June 25. Another one, revealing that Monarch set up a base around Isla de Mona in 1991, was uploaded on July 5.
On July 12, another timeline video was uploaded. 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."
On April 26, TheWrap reported that Jason Liles, who had recently portrayed the giant gorilla George through motion capture in the film Rampage, would be acting as one of King Ghidorah's motion capture actors in the film. The same day, Empire explained that Liles would specifically be portraying King Ghidorah's middle head, with Alan Maxson and Richard Dorton playing the other two heads and additional motion capture actors performing as the monster's body. On May 23, 2018, the movie's release date was pushed back to May 31, 2019.
On July 7, Michael Dougherty confirmed that Godzilla: King of the Monsters would be featured in Warner Bros.' Hall H panel at San Diego Comic Con. Vera Farmiga offered some details about her character Dr. Emma Russell in a July 10 interview with Metro US: "I play a paleobiologist. She has figured out a way to communicate with the creatures and potentially control them using their bioacoustics on a sonar level. So she is like a DJ for the monsters.” Entertainment Weekly published a first-look article on the film on July 13, including two stills, one showing Dr. Emma Russel and her daughter Madison in an icy chamber and another depicting Godzilla firing his atomic breath into the sky, and some basic plot details from Dougherty. Dougherty revealed that the story would take place five years after Godzilla. Godzilla has not appeared since battling the M.U.T.O.s in San Francisco, but the prospect of his return and the potential emergence of other giant monsters has filled the world with terror. When Dr. Russell and her daughter Madison are kidnapped by a "mysterious organization" seeking to control the monsters, and her ex-husband Mark, along with Drs. Ishiro Serizawa and Vivienne Graham, try to rescue them. He also described the still of Godzilla firing his atomic breath into the sky as a "call to arms."
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Michael Dougherty
- Written by Max Borenstein, Michael Dougherty, and Zach Shields
- Produced by Thomas Tull, Brian Rogers, Mary Parent, Alex Garcia
- Executive Producing by Barry H. Waldman, Zach Shields, Yoshimitsu Banno, Kenji Okuhira
- Cinematography by Emmanuel Lubezki
- Edited by Roger Barton
- Production Design by Scott Chambliss
- Assistant Directing by Cliff Lanning and Thomas Robinson Harper
- Visual Effects Supervised by Guillaume Rocheron
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Vera Farmiga as Dr. Emma Russell
- Ken Watanabe as Dr. Ishiro Serizawa
- Sally Hawkins as Dr. Vivienne Graham
- Kyle Chandler as Mark Russell
- Millie Bobby Brown as Madison Russell
- Bradley Whitford as Dr. Stanton[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[additional citation needed]
- Elizabeth Ludlow as Griffin
- Jason Liles as King Ghidorah (motion capture, middle head)
- Alan Maxson as King Ghidorah (motion capture, right head)
- Richard Dorton as King Ghidorah (motion capture, left head)
Principal photography on Godzilla: King of the Monsters began on June 19, 2017, at Blackhall Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.
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