The next Godzilla, which we’ve simply been calling Godzilla 2, and the sequel to Pacific Rim, previously known as Pacific Rim: Maelstrom, have both been given shiny new official titles by Legendary Pictures.
The studio has revealed that the sequel to director Gareth Edwards’ (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) 2014 Godzilla reboot will be called Godzilla: King of Monsters—inspired by Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the title of the 1956 U.S. release of Japan’s original Godzilla—while the sequel to director Guillermo del Toro‘s (Pan’s Labyrinth) own 2013 monster movie Pacific Rim will now be called Pacific Rim: Uprising.
A little less interesting than the titles themselves is how they were revealed. Instead of specifically announcing them, Legendary instead simply mentioned them in a press release announcing a few new production executive hires to the company who will now be working on, and in some cases overseeing, these two projects and others.
Pacific Rim: Uprising is scheduled for release first, currently dated for February 23, 2018. The sequel is filming right now, and is being directed by Steven S. DeKnight (Daredevil, Spartacus: Blood and Sand), replacing del Toro, who remains a producer on the film. It stars John Boyega, Cailee Spaeny, Scott Eastwood, Jing Tian, Levi Meaden, Adria Arjona, Shyrley Rodriguez, Mackenyu, and more.
Godzilla: King of Monsters isn’t scheduled for release until over a year after that on March 22, 2019. The screenplay for that movie is currently being worked on by Krampus writers Michael Dougherty and Zach Shields. The movie is part of Legendary’s developing shared monster universe, which began with the 2014 Godzilla reboot and continues with Kong: Skull Island releasing in March of 2017. This is all leading up to a planned showdown between the two legendary monsters in 2020 titled Godzilla vs. King Kong.
Dougherty, who also directed Krampus and Trick ‘r Treat, is said to be a possible choice for director as well. That would be great and all…unless it means we have to wait until after 2019 for Trick ‘r Treat 2, which would make me very, very sad. We have been patiently waiting for over three years now since it was announced, after all.
[Source: via ComingSoon]