Godzilla: King of the Monsters director Michael Dougherty has confirmed that the sequel has finished production, only days after he dropped the first on-set image of its monstrous leading man online. In two tweets - which can be seen below - the filmmaker acknowledges what is presumed to be the end of principal photography, and thanks his cast and crew.
Following the worldwide success of Gareth Edwards' Godzilla, the creator of Trick r' Treat and Krampus was announced as the sequel's director in January of this year. Since then, the film has collected a very strong cast of actors, including; Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, and the returning Sally Hawkins and Ken Watanabe. The shooting of the movie has since been veiled in strict secrecy, with only a couple of photos showing some suburban destruction having been leaked from the set. Dougherty himself has shared only some enigmatic shots of a possibly important prop, and viral promos teased the arrival of classic Kaiju Mothra.
However, within the last day Dougherty has posted two tweets that confirm that principal photography has now completed on the epic Monsterverse sequel. The first one shows a work desk (presumably his) and the simple statement "Last day". There are some possible Easter eggs and hints present, as well as a Halloween pumpkin. Check it out:
— Mike Dougherty (@Mike_Dougherty) September 26, 2017
He then followed this up, with another shot from the set, showing some stylized Kaiju images and a wall-mounted statement. He also adds the heartfelt message: "That's a wrap. Thank you to my amazing cast and crew."
— Mike Dougherty (@Mike_Dougherty) September 27, 2017
As we've still got well over a year until the movie is released, this no doubt refers to the principal location and set filming. In such a SFX-heavy film, there is bound to be a wealth of effects and CG work that is still in progress or has yet to start. The lack of on-set monster photos would seem to indicate as much, even with the huge amount of secrecy. The sequel is also due to be released in 3D and IMAX versions, which will also create extra post-production work. There will also no doubt be the additional re-shoots and further material that will arise. On top of all that, the sequel's March 2019 release date still seems like a long way off.
From what we know so far, the Godzilla sequel will concentrate on the efforts of covert Government agency Monarch, as they deal with the reality of more gigantic monsters rising from the depths of the Earth. This will mean that they will have to protect humanity from not-only the well-intentioned city-crushing antics of the mighty Godzilla, but also Mothra and Rodan, and Godzilla's ultimate nemesisL the three-headed King Ghidorah. We know this will lead to a series of epic monster battles and will set the stage for 2020's much-anticipated Godzilla vs. Kong, in the process. With principal photography now done, we can look forward to more details being gradually released for Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
Source: Mike Dougherty
- Godzilla vs. Kong (2020) release date: May 22, 2020
- Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) release date: May 31, 2019