Production is now officially underway on Godzilla 2 in Atlanta, as Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have released a press release touting the full cast, synopsis, and production details for the follow-up. While previous reports pegged the movie’s title as Godzilla: King of the Monsters, this press release goes out of its way to never actually refer to the film by any title, meaning that the name might be changing which to me would be a shame. The follow-up is described as “the next chapter” in WB and Legendary’s “cinematic MonsterVerse” which also includes the 2014 Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island, and the upcoming Godzilla Vs. Kong.
SYNOPSIS: 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.
We’ve heard talk for some time that the new film could be a semi-remake of the 1965 Ghidorah The Three-Headed Monster, in which Godzilla, Mothra and Rodan all have to set aside their differences to defend the Earth from Ghidorah. I guess this is now confirmed, though I think that the more recent Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack could also be a strong influence.
Michael Dougherty is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with his Krampus partner Zach Shields. Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins are reprising their roles from Godzilla alongside franchise newcomers Vera Farmiga, Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Thomas Middleditch, Charles Dance, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Aisha Hinds, and Zhang Ziyi. It hits cinemas March 22, 2019, and I can’t wait!