‘Godzilla 2’ Loses Gareth Edwards as Director

By May 13, 2016

When the news first came that Gareth Edwards would be going from 2014’s Godzilla to directing Rogue One – A Star Wars Story for Disney and Lucasfilm, many fans of the newly rebooted monster franchise were concerned that Edwards wouldn’t be directing the already planned Godzilla sequel, after having already put his heavy visual stamp on the 2014 film.

It wasn’t long before the follow-up news came that Edwards would still be directing the sequel, though it might take a little longer for it to hit theatres than some fans might have liked. Following the sequel’s changed release date earlier this week though, it looks like Godzilla 2 may have just hit a major roadblock.

Deadline is reporting that Edwards has officially left as director on Godzilla 2, with the report stating that Edwards wants to pursue his own, long in the works smaller projects following Godzilla and Rogue One, than moving on to another large tentpole project. The split between the filmmaker and the studio was apparently an amicable one though, with the two parties agreeing to his departure before the new 2019 release date was set.

Legendary and Warner Bros. are currently working to replace Edwards on the project, while simultaneously continuing to develop 2020’s Godzilla vs Kong.

Despite the film’s divisive nature, and no matter how you felt about it, Edwards managed to bring the Godzilla character back into the mainstream successfully in a big way with the 2014 reboot (a film that I still legitimately enjoy and appreciate). With the epic, gorgeous visual style of the film as well, it wasn’t hard to see why Lucasfilm was so quick to snatch Edwards up as one of their Star Wars spin-off directors.

This wouldn’t be the first time that a director has chosen to take a break from the blockbuster genre either, but seeing how the studio chooses to replace him could majorly change the direction of their monster film franchises moving forwards. So now the real question is – who would you want to see take over at the helm?

Godzilla 2 is still set to hit theatres on March 22nd, 2019.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • Student of Alchemy

    Since I wasn’t a fan of his 2014 Godzilla (and his choice to follow the most boring of his potential protagonists), I’m not sad to see him leave. It’s never a good sign for a film to switch director’s mid-production, but depending on who replaces him, it may turn into a net positive.