It was a foregone conclusion once the recently-rebooted Godzilla proved to be a commercial hit that Legendary Pictures would be looking to make a sequel. During the company’s Comic-Con 2014 panel, director Gareth Edwards was on hand to confirm that he would be returning for Godzilla 2, while footage teased the possible return of iconic monsters: Mothra, Rodan, and Ghidorah.
Edwards was actually not present for the panel, but appeared in the form of a pre-recorded video from San Francisco, with the director claiming he was helping rebuild the city after the titular monster laid it to waste. Given the shockingly positive response to the first footage shown at Comic-Con, Edwards, explained, he had to once again offer thanks and confirmation that he would return for the sequel.
But first, he would be in need of some time off from the pressure of established franchises and pressure from fans (with the first Star Wars spin-off his next project). Legendary President Thomas Tull had previously gone on record stating that the studio wished Edwards the best, and would wait for him to be available before moving forward on the sequel. They’re not giving him entirely free reign it seems, as the monsters Edwards hoped to include in the sequel were ‘bleeped’ out for those in attendance.
Fortunately, the crowd was then shown a sizzle reel using the same aged newsreel video from Godzilla‘s opening credits. Spliced into the footage was a claim that “one secret remains hidden,” before unclear images of Rodan, Mothra, and Ghidorah were all shown with their respective “codenames.” The final directive to “Let Them Fight” drew a roar from the crowds, even if the footage was meant to do little more than promise what may be coming in the future.
It will be years before Edwards can turn his attention away from Star Wars and back to the Godzilla series, but when discussing the possibility of future films back in July 2013, he made his wishes clear:
“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.”
What do you think about dropping Godzilla into a fight with an entire island full of prehistoric monsters? Does it seem like too much too soon, or would you want to see the likes of Mothra, Rodan, and Ghidorah re-imagined as early as possible? Edwards has had success balancing multiple monsters with his aptly-titled Monsters, but only time will tell.
We’ll keep you up to date on Godzilla 2, but expect to be waiting until Edwards’ schedule opens up post-Star Wars.
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