‘Godzilla 2′ Gets a 2018 Release Date

Published 9 months ago by , Updated August 14th, 2014 at 2:33 pm,

Godzilla 2014 Movie Spoilers Godzilla 2 Gets a 2018 Release Date

Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. have confirmed that filmmaker Garth Edwards will return to direct the followup to his critically/financially successful Godzilla (which released in theaters earlier this year). However, before that, he is going to call the shots on the first Star Wars spinoff movie from Disney and Lucasfilm, for a 2016 launch in mind. As such, Godzilla 2 will be arriving later than other sequels to 2014 blockbusters that’ve been announced so far (the most recent example being Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2).

The Godzilla sequel (which is currently without an official title) now has a concrete release date: June 8th, 2018. WB also recently claimed March and July 2018 release dates for two new DC universe movies; in addition, the studio’s reserved a May date for an animated feature (reported to be a LEGO Movie franchise installment) and a November date for what may be the sequel to the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find them (which opens in Fall 2016), that same year.

Edwards’ Godzilla reboot (read our review) has grossed over half a billion dollars worldwide in theaters to date. Its financial success is, no doubt, in part responsible for Universal’s decision to green light fellow Kaiju-based sequel Pacific Rim 2 and to Legendary’s decision to move forward with development on the Skull Island project (an origins movie about King Kong and the eponymous island of extraordinary giant creatures), which is set to arrive in 2016. It’s a good time to be a fan of giant monster movies.

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Nothing has been confirmed yet, with regards to the plot of the next Godzilla film. However, back at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con, Edwards offered us the following insight on how the movie Destroy All Monsters could be a major source of inspiration for the sequel. (As you can see, he even predicted that his answer would be brought up again, in the future.)

“With the exception of the 1954 original, I would say my second favorite film is Destroy All Monsters. I just love the idea of a monster island. Having a world with these creatures in it. I find that fascinating and would like to treat that realistically. I wouldn’t want to limit it to one other foe, I think it’s more fun to – this question will come back to haunt me if we ever do a sequel – but I think multiple creatures make better movies in terms of the image of Gojira.”

Again, nothing is set in stone yet, but at the 2014 Comic-Con Edwards presented a Godzilla 2 teaser that alluded to the inclusion of such Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms (or MUTOs) as Rodan, Mothra, and Ghidorah in the sequelSkull Island will be the first modern blockbuster to explore the concept of a fantastical island populated by enormous creatures, but Edwards’ Godzilla sequel could prove to be a more emotionally and logically-grounded take (yet just as impressive, spectacle-wise).

Godzilla 2 arrives in theaters on June 8th, 2018.

Source: Legendary Pictures/WB

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  1. *marks down on calendar*

    That’s 2018 sorted out, then. Can’t wait to see it. King freakin’ Ghidorah!

  2. Hey, its not King Kong v Godzilla Dawn of Cashgrabbing.
    That would have been stupid.
    So happy its Godzilla 2!

    • I like what you did there.

      • Well thank you. Godzilla would win though.

        • King Kong would use his detective skills to find out Godzilla’s weakness.

  3. Yes! Yes! Yes! we want to see all of Godzillas Monsters and Allies Ghidorah, Mothra, Rodan, Mega Godzilla, Giant Jaguar 😉 and King Kong Vs Godzilla in Sckull Island lol

  4. That date’s way too far away! But if it helps making it compelling and it prevents a pure cashgrab sequel I’m all for it.

  5. Four years away. FOUR! What the heck!? FOUR YEARS AWAY! FOOOOOUUUURRRRR!? WHY. I want to see him use his atomic breath! It gave me CHILLS. GAAHHHHHHHH

    • Because Gareth Edwards will direct again and he hast to make a Star Wars movie first. 😉

  6. Godzilla 2?! I’ll be there, first in line, popcorn in hand, for that one for sure!
    Gimmee some Skull Island, too!

  7. I did not see the majority of the people who went to see Godzilla satisfied with the movie so, I wouldn’t call it a critical success. Godzilla was an average movie leaning toward mediocre.

    • Well if you look at sites like rotten tomatoes IMDB and so on… you would notice there are a good amount of people who really liked it how ever the lesser few who didnt like it seem to be more vocal about it. So I would understand why your confused.

      I do know the highly vocal ones who complain that Godzilla is only in it for 20 minutes and the fact it’s not a dumb eye candy destruction porn like transformers instantly makes there points invalid by saying so. There are countless of monster movies that gave there monsters equal amount of screen time or even less and those became classics. I can name 4 with out even thinking… Alien… Jurassic park… Jaws… Godzilla (the original)So why is this any different? Are you really that spoiled by the brain dead transformers movies? They used the less is more style on godzilla. and it was awesome. Your opinion is instantly invalid if you hate the movie due to his screen time. If you hate the movie due to the humans in the movie… I can respect that.

      • Well said, bio.

      • I hated it for the humans in the movie. I didn’t go to see a movie about some army kid trying to get home to his family. If they would’ve kept the story around the father, or Godzilla, I think I might have enjoyed it.

      • That’s exactly right.

        For me Godzilla was a very good move leaning toward greatness. I loved that they approached it realistically and from the human point of view. Only teasing Godzilla throughout the movie and only giving us a good view during the excellent showdown was perfect. Instead of getting numbed by continuous mayhem I was looking forward to every time he showed up and the payoff in the end was great. Even if Godzilla wasn’t on screen much there was still plenty of action before that with the MUTOs. Seriously, they couldn’t have managed the pacing and the doses of monster action more perfectly.

        The only gripe is that they could have given Brody a little bit more personality, but I still liked that they played it like a straight disaster movie instead of goofing around. Can’t wait for the Blu-ray to come out next month. I will watch the **** out of that movie, just like I did for decades with its brother in spirit: Jaws.

        • No it didn’t, see I’m glad there are some sensible people who have had due film watching experience to know, that Godzilla was a puffed up, hyped, and tried to be all of those things mentioned in this thread, and it wasn’t any of them, or even close, you really expect people to watch all that ridiculousness after seeing a trailer that has built up expectation of an entirely different film? admit it, they got you with the trailer on this one, tried to act like it was something its not, fail fail fail and more fail, thats why no one liked it, it tried to be serious, get you emotionally invested, on board, and what do they do? something completely opposite of what they conveyed in the trailer, because for all those good intentions, that is not what the film was, mediocre and still less than,
          don’t kid yourselves, pacific rim still, remarkably able to hold up better, simply because they failed to give what they said they had in the trailer,
          because it was never there.

      • Great post. Agree 100%.

  8. Glad we have an official date. The four year wait, not so much.

  9. hopefully this doesn’t suffer from the same fate that 300 2 and sin city 2 have and will experience. Meaning that too much time has past since the original was released

    • Dude its 4 years not 9 like Sin City, the Dark Knight movies came out about years 4 years from eachother.

  10. Whelp, hope i dont die.

  11. I do however think that four years is too far for a sequel nowadays, a big problem with star trek into darkness was it wasnt epic and therefore wasnt worth the wait and it had lost momentum.
    For a godzilla film i do think this is too long, maybe get a new director and have edwards as producer/consultant and have it come by the most, 2017.

    It will however avoid the huge slab of blockbuster coming in 2015/16

  12. Hmmmm. Godzilla NOW with someone else directing or Gareth in 4 years.

    As much as it sucks I’ll wait for Edwards, the man know his kaiju. 2014 was classic Godzilla brought bang up to date.

  13. hope is not boring like the 1st.

  14. I loved Godzilla(2014),it is one of my favorite movies of this year and is now,IMO a “new classic” in the sci-fi movie genre(along side Pacific Rim) for the 21st century. Thank you Legendary Pictures for bringing back the giant monster genre back in such a HUGE way(pun intended)and making us fans very happy every step of the way. Keep up the great work and take all the time you need to make Pacific Rim 2 and Godzilla 2 as epic and awesome as humanly possible.

  15. In Godzilla 2 I want to see Mechagodzilla.I’m surprised nobody mentioned that,Mechagodzilla would be awesome in the Godzilla sequel,Mechagodzilla was great to watch in the older Godzilla movies.I can just imagine how he would look nowadays with all the CGI and movie technology.It would be totally spectacular to bring back Mechagodzilla.That’s who needs to be in the sequel to battle Godzilla,not to mention how well of a plot it can have in the movie.Who all agrees with me,really it sounds great.GODZILLA vs. MECHAGODZILLA.