Director Gareth Edwards, who had previously helmed the 2014 blockbuster Godzilla has officially left the director’s chair for the upcoming sequel, Godzilla 2. Edwards and Legendary originally planned to put the production for the sequel on hold, to accommodate Edwards’ work with the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but it looks like the parting of ways between the two was an amicable one, Deadline reports.
Edwards claims to have smaller projects in development that he wants to pursue, which compared to the big blockbusters like Godzilla and Rogue One would give him a bit of a palette cleanser to stretch his directorial capabilities to different stories. Edwards previously directed the independent film, Monsters, which played a big part into Warner Bros. and Legendary giving him the keys to direct the first American Godzilla film since the disastrous Roland Emmerich film in 1998.
The sequel was pushed back nine months from it’s original June 8, 2018 release. Warner Bros. and Legendary are planning on setting up a giant monster brawl between the two behemoths in Godzilla and King Kong, with Kong: Skull Island set to be released March 10, 2017. The crossover Godzilla vs. King Kong is set to storm into theaters on May 29, 2020.
You can see Gareth Edwards’ latest project, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in theaters on December 16, 2016. As of right now, Godzilla 2 is set for a March 22, 2019 release.