Fans of the Japanese kaiju flick Shin Godzilla will have to wait a while to see a sequel to that particular version of the iconic beast.
Legendary Entertainment currently has a deal with Toho (the Japanese production company behind Shin Godzilla) that gives Legendary the exclusive rights to make Godzilla films between now and the year 2020.
During a Q&A at G-Fest XXIV, the annual convention that celebrates the franchise, Shin Gozilla co-director Shinji Higuchi revealed that the deal would prohibit Toho from making a sequel for at least another few years:
“A lot of people have questions. ‘When is the next Japanese Godzilla movie coming out?’ They cannot make it until after 2020.”
The American-based Legendary Entertainment is currently hard at work to continue bringing more installments of their cinematic “MonsterVerse” to the big screen. Garerth Edwards’ Godzilla kicked things off in 2014, with this year’s Kong: Skull Island from director Jordan Vogt-Roberts helping to expand the MonsterVerse saga.
Next up, Legendary plans to release Godzilla: King of the Monsters in 2019, followed by a Godzilla vs. Kong crossover in 2020.
Are you excited for Legendary has in store for the Godzilla franchise, or are you bummed that Toho won’t be able to carry on with their version until after 2020? Let us know what you think in the comments section!
Here’s the official synopsis for Legendary’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters:
The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species – thought to be mere myths – rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.
The film is set to star Vera Farmiga, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Thomas Middleditch, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Zhang Ziyi, and Charles Dance.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters hits theaters on March 22, 2019.
‘Godzilla’ Kaiju That Need To Be In The MonsterVerse
With both 2014’s Godzilla and this year’s Kong: Skull Island managing to outperform expectations, the MonsterVerse from Legendary Pictures and Warner Brothers is off to a good start. That being said, there’s room for growth amongst the roster of kaiju – thus far, only five classic kaiju have been confirmed to exist in the MonsterVerse: Godzilla, King Kong, Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah, and of those, we’ve only seen two of them in action. Should the series continue to succeed, the setting’s going to need more than original monsters like the M.U.T.O. and the Skullcrawlers – it will need to pull in some fan-favorite monsters from the classic creature features to keep things interesting. Here are ten of Toho’s best kaiju that would make fine additions to the MonsterVerse, with explanations of who they are and why they need to be a part of the setting.