Although 2014’s summer movie season was comparably soft when compared to more recent years, one surprise smash came in the form of May’s franchise reboot of Godzilla. Featuring stars like Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olson, and Bryan Cranston, Godzilla was produced on a $160 million budget and finished its theatrical run with a worldwide tally of $525 million. Unsurprisingly, producer Thomas Tull and Legendary Pictures have already begun work on the inevitable follow-up, and have just announced that a screenwriter has been hired.
As originally reported by Deadline, writer Max Borenstein will return from penning the first film to script the second, alongside returning director Gareth Edwards. Prior to the first Godzilla film, Borenstein has only one prior screenwriting credit, with new films to follow in the form of 2015’s Seventh Son, and 2016’s Skull Island (a King Kong origin story), both of which are also being produced by Tull and Legendary Pictures.
In GeekNation’s review of Godzilla, reviewer Matt Patches reacted very positively, concluding, “Godzilla ebbs and flows at the unknowable pace of Earthly chaos. Being out of control, being under the foot of Gojira, has never been so much fun.” For good or for ill, the new film largely set a positive standard that the sequel will both have to live up to and surpass, which is often no easy task. It should definitely prove a positive sign that the majority of the original film’s creative team are returning to try and make lightning strike twice, and fans the world over will be anxiously waiting to see if they can indeed pull it off.
The as-yet untitled Godzilla sequel will be released in theaters on June 8th, 2018.
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