I thought Godzilla was a pretty solid summer blockbuster (our reviewer liked it a lot more than I did), but I was pleased to learn that the giant lizard will be battling classic monsters like Mothra and Rodan in the upcoming sequels because that presumably means that less time will be spent on the human characters, who were by far the worst aspect of this summer’s film. But how about that sequel? When will we actually get to see the King of The Monsters rise from his watery home once again?
Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have announced that Godzilla 2 will hit theaters on June 8th, 2018. Four years is a long time to wait, but there’s a good reason for the delay. The studio liked what director Gareth Edwards did with the first film, so they’ve hired him to come back for the second one. The only issue? Edwards has also been hired to direct a Star Wars spin-off film slated for a 2016 release, which pretty much necessitates a long gap between Godzilla movies.
Legendary also has a King Kong prequel called Skull Island in the works, and one can only assume that film will get rolling before Godzilla 2. But will the two titans actually meet on screen once again? It’s complicated, because while Legendary is producing both Godzilla and Skull Island, there are two different studios distributing the films. Warner Bros. distributed Godzilla, and Universal is distributing Skull Island. Legendary had a distribution deal with WB for years, but that’s since fallen apart and they’ve moved to Universal, but that causes a big headache for properties that involve both studios. There’s bound to be a lot of legal back-and-forth about who has the rights to what and how much money everyone will be able to make off of all of this stuff, so a meeting between King Kong and Godzilla may not be as simple as everyone hopes.
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