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.
Rating To be announced
Budget To be announced
Box Office To be added
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]


"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]


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."

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.[36] 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.[37]


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


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

  • Vera Farmiga   as   Dr. Emma Russell[38]
  • Ken Watanabe   as   Dr. Ishiro Serizawa
  • Sally Hawkins   as   Dr. Vivienne Graham
  • Kyle Chandler   as   Mark Russell[38]
  • Millie Bobby Brown   as   Madison Russell[38]
  • Bradley Whitford   as   Dr. Stanton[39][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[40][additional citation needed]
  • Elizabeth Ludlow   as   Griffin
  • Jason Liles   as   King Ghidorah (motion capture, middle head)[36]
  • Alan Maxson   as   King Ghidorah (motion capture, side head)[37]
  • Richard Dorton   as   King Ghidorah (motion capture, side head)[37]


Principal photography on Godzilla: King of the Monsters began on June 19, 2017, at Blackhall Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.[41]


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



A bear crawls around a Godzilla: King of the Monsters set, presumably in Blackhall Studios
Producer Alex Garcia announces that the film will shoot in Mexico City
Crowd scene in Mexico City


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
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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
  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. 36.0 36.1 TheWrap - ‘Rampage’ Breakout Star Jason Liles Joins ‘Godzilla: King of Monsters’ (Exclusive)
  37. 37.0 37.1 37.2 https://www.empireonline.com/movies/rampage-2/rampage-jason-liles-playing-king-ghidorah-godzilla-king-monsters/ Rampage's Jason Liles Playing King Ghidorah In Godzilla: King Of Monsters - Empire]
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 Project Casting - MAJOR Feature Film is Now Casting a TON of Roles in Atlanta
  39. Bradley Whitford on IMDb
  40. Jonathan Howard on IMDb
  41. Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' MonsterVerse Kicks Into Gear as the Next Godzilla Feature Gets Underway

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