|“||The world never belonged to us. It belonged to them. The question is, how long 'till they take it back? Kong is not the only king.||„|
|Godzilla: King of the Monsters|
March 22, 2019
Godzilla: King of the Monsters, also known by the working title of "Fathom", is an upcoming 2019 American science fiction monster film produced by Legendary Pictures, and the third entry in the MonsterVerse, following the 2017 MonsterVerse film, Kong: Skull Island. It will be released to American theaters on March 22, 2019.
The film is being directed by Michael Dougherty, produced by Thomas Tull, Brian Rogers, Mary Parent, and Alex Garcia, and written by Max Borenstein, Michael Dougherty, and Zach Shields. The film continues where the 2014 film left off, and introduces Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah to the MonsterVerse.
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.
Staff role on the left, staff member's name on the right.
- Directed by Michael Dougherty
- Written by Max Borenstein, Michael Dougherty, and Zach Shields
- Produced by Thomas Tull, Brian Rogers, Mary Parent, and Alex Garcia
- Executive Producing by Barry H. Waldman, Zach Shields, Yoshimitsu Banno, and Kenji Okuhira
Actor's name on the left, character played on the right.
- Vera Farmiga as
- Ken Watanabe as Ishiro Serizawa
- Sally Hawkins as Vivienne Graham
- Kyle Chandler as
- Millie Bobby Brown as
- Bradley Whitford as Dr. Stanton
- Thomas Middleditch as
- Charles Dance as
- O'Shea Jackson Jr. as
- Aisha Hinds as
- Zhang Ziyi as
- Anthony Ramos as Corporal Martinez
- Randell Havens as
- Elizabeth Ludlow as
Gareth Edwards stated that he wanted Godzilla to work as a standalone film with a definitive ending, and opposed suggestions that the ending should leave the film open for a sequel. While Edwards wasn't against the possibility of future sequels, his main concern was delivering a satisfying experience with the current film; "I want a story that begins and ends, and you leave on a high. That's all we cared about when we were making this; just this film. If this film is good, the others can come, but let’s just pay attention to this and not get sidetracked by other things."
On May 18, 2014, after Godzilla's successful opening weekend, a sequel was officially given the green light from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures. Edwards was confirmed to be directing the sequel but it was unknown if any of the previous cast would be returning. In a previous interview with Gareth Edwards, he said that if the film were to have a sequel that he would like to do a Destroy All Monsters-like film.
A piece of "Classified Monarch Footage," a teaser for Godzilla 2, was shown at Comic-Con 2014. According to eye-witnesses, it looked like it was put together in the 1960s, with audio of John F. Kennedy talking about threats and dangers. Text comes on the screen saying that there was one more secret: "There were others." A pterodactyl-like shadow and "CODENAME: RODAN." An extreme close-up of a giant moth creature and "CODENAME: MOTHRA." Then a silhouette and quick cuts around a dragon-like shape figure and "CODENAME: GHIDORAH." Finally, "THREAT ASSESSMENT: CONFLICT INEVITABLE," followed by "LET THEM FIGHT.
On Thursday, August 14, 2014, a release date of June 8, 2018 was set for Godzilla 2. The four-year gap between Godzilla and Godzilla 2 was due in part to Gareth Edwards directing the film Star Wars: Rogue One and as a result being unavailable to begin work on Godzilla 2 until 2016.
On December 8, 2014, Toho announced production of a new Japanese Godzilla film for 2016. Then, on August 18, 2016 Toho announced production of a another Japanese Godzilla film for 2017. Despite being released between Legendary's Godzilla films, the new films, Shin Godzilla and the 2017 anime Godzilla film will not be connected to Legendary's series, and will have no effect on the production of Godzilla 2.
On July 9, 2015, Legendary Pictures' spokesperson at Comic-Con, Barnaby Legg, told Dread Central that Legendary was aware of fans' complaints about Godzilla's lack of screentime in the 2014 film, and that the sequel would give fans "exactly what you're hoping for."
In an interview with Collider conducted in early August 2015, writer Max Borenstein revealed that he is currently writing the script for the film, and promised that the sequel would do "bigger and even better things" than the first film. Borenstein also expressed his excitement for the film, and enthusiasm for working with Gareth Edwards once again.
On October 14, 2015, Legendary Pictures officially announced production of a remake of King Kong vs. Godzilla titled Godzilla vs. Kong set for release in 2020. The film will follow both Godzilla 2 and Legendary's Kong: Skull Island.
On May 10, 2016, an article revealed that the release dates of both Godzilla 2 and Godzilla vs. Kong had been changed to March 22, 2019 and May 29, 2020 respectively. Only three days later, it was reported that Gareth Edwards had left the film in order to pursue other projects.
On October 20, 2016, after a few months after the loss of Gareth Edwards, an article revealed that Michael Dougherty and Zach Shields (the writers of Krampus) would be writing the script for Godzilla 2.
On December 14, 2016, the official title of the film was revealed. The film's title was announced to be Godzilla: King of the Monsters, however, it is not related to the 1956 film bearing a similar title. 
On January 8, 2017, it was reported that Godzilla: King of Monsters will film in Atlanta, Georgia as well. On January 17, 2017, it was reported that Thomas Tull (who founded Legendary Entertainment) resigned from the company but will remain as producer for Legendary's Godzilla and King Kong film series, which was revealed to be officially titled "MonsterVerse". On January 23, 2017, Michael Dougherty was officially confirmed as the director for the sequel.
It was revealed that Aisha Hinds had joined the cast on April 18, 2017.
On May 26, 2017, Randell Havens had joined the cast of the film.
On May 31, 2017, Thomas Middleditch had joined the cast of the film.
On June 2, director Michael Dougherty tweeted out that Godzilla "is evolution in the flesh" in response to a user asking if the classic monster would receive a redesign for the sequel. That same day, it was reported that Bradley Whitford had joined the cast of the film.
On June 8, 2017, Zhang Ziyi is cast in a significant figure within the covert Monarch organization established in Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, and she’ll no doubt appear in further entries in this cinematic universe.
On June 18, Collider engaged in an interview with Sally Hawkins about returning for the sequel. Hawkins expressed how it was nice to be asked back to play a part in the film, and spoke on how Dougherty seems smart and excited about the film. She also spoke on how she didn't know if she'd make the final cut for the film.
June 19 marked the date of the beginning of principle photography. With that came a press release for the film which provided a new synopsis for the film, as well as an updated cast list, which officially confirms Ken Watanabe's presence in the film. Principle photography is to take place primarily in Atlanta, Georgia.
It was also on this day that the film's working title of Fathom was revealed, as per director Michael Dougherty's Twitter.
On June 26, the director released a call sheet for the film on his Twitter, revealing the names and statuses of the various kaiju. Godzilla, King Ghidorah and Rodan are listed with an "R", referring to "rehearsal", meaning the monster will be working on the set, but not filmed in this case. Mothra is listed with an "SW", referring to "start work", which means it's the character's first day of work.
On July 3, 2017, some images from the film's production were leaked onto the internet. According to bystanders of the shoot, there were sound effects for the monsters playing, and overturned cars and flames were present as well. The shoot occurred in and around Inman Village Parkway in Atlanta.
July 8 provided more leaked images of the film's production. In this case, however, a temple set was revealed and photographed. A video was posted as well, however, it was blocked shortly after by Warner Bros. Entertainment on the grounds of copyright infringement.
- The almost five-year period between the release date of Godzilla in 2014 and this film is the second-longest gap between the release of the first and second films in a new series of Godzilla films, after the five-year gap between the releases of The Return of Godzilla and Godzilla vs. Biollante to start the Heisei series.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 @Mike_Dougherty (June 19, 2017). "We knew the world would not be the same..." @GodzillaMovie @Legendary @wbpictures #day01 Twitter. Retrieved June 30, 2017
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Chitwood, Adam (June 19, 2017). ‘Godzilla 2’ Synopsis and Full Cast Revealed as Filming Gets Underway Collider. Retrieved June 19, 2017
- ↑ Busch, Anita (May 18, 2014). ‘Godzilla’ Sequel In The Works At Warner Bros. & Legendary Deadline. Retrieved June 5, 2017
- ↑ Nemiroff, Perri (March 12, 2014). Gareth Edwards Talks GODZILLA, Godzilla’s Origins, Making Him a Character with Layers, Hints at Additional Monsters, And More Collider. Retrieved June 5, 2017
- ↑ Julian, Mark (July 25, 2013). GODZILLA Director Game For 'DESTROY ALL MONSTERS' Type Sequel Comic Book Movie. Retrieved June 5, 2017
- ↑ @Legendary (July 26, 2014). It's the news you've been waiting for. Monarch confirm Godzilla is not alone. Rodan! Mothra! King Ghidorah! #LegendarySDCC #SDCC Twitter. Retrieved June 5, 2017
- ↑ @Legendary (July 26, 2014). Joining #Godzilla in future franchise installments will be several other classic monsters from Toho Co. #LegendarySDCC #SDCC Twitter. Retrieved June 5, 2017
- ↑ Goldberg, Matt (July 26, 2014). GODZILLA 2 Announced at Comic-Con; Will Feature Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah Collider. Retrieved June 5, 2017
- ↑ Barton, Steve (July 9, 2015). #SDCC15: Godzilla Sequel Promises to Deliver More Godzilla! Dreadcentral. Retrieved June 5, 2017
- ↑ Trumbore, Dave (August 10, 2015). GODZILLA 2: Expect a “Bigger” and “Better” Sequel from Screenwriter Max Borenstein Collider. Retrieved June 5, 2017
- ↑ (October 14, 2015). LEGENDARY AND WARNER BROS. PICTURES ANNOUNCE CINEMATIC FRANCHISE UNITING GODZILLA, KING KONG AND OTHER ICONIC GIANT MONSTERS Legendary. Retrieved June 5, 2017
- ↑ Geier, Thom (May 10, 2016). ‘Godzilla 2,’ ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Stomp Out New Release Dates The Wrap. Retrieved June 5, 2017
- ↑ Fleming Jr, Mike (May 13, 2016). Director Gareth Edwards Exits ‘Godzilla 2’ Deadline. Retrieved June 5, 2017
- ↑ Kroll, Justin (October 20, 2016). Michael Dougherty and Zach Shields to Write ‘Godzilla 2’ for Legendary (EXCLUSIVE) Variety. Retrieved June 5, 2017
- ↑ (December 24, 2016). ‘GODZILLA 2’ GETS AN OFFICIAL TITLE AS ‘PACIFIC RIM 2’ UNDERGOES NAME CHANGE Screenrant. Retrieved June 5, 2017
- ↑ @BizAtlanta (January 8, 2017). Blackhall Studios lands contract to film #Godzilla2! #atl #film #business #news Twitter. Retrieved June 5, 2017
- ↑ Ford, Rebecca (January 17, 2017). Thomas Tull to Exit Legendary Entertainment (Exclusive) Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 5, 2017
- ↑ Kroll, Justin (January 23, 2017). ‘Godzilla 2’ Finds Director in Michael Dougherty Variety. Retrieved June 5, 2017
- ↑ Kit, Borys (January 27, 2017). 'Stranger Things' Breakout Millie Bobby Brown Set to Star in 'Godzilla' Sequel (Exclusive) Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 5, 2017
- ↑ Giroux, Jack (February 21st, 2017). Kyle Chandler Joins ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ Slashfilm. Retrieved June 5, 2017
- ↑ Kit, Borys (February 27, 2017). Vera Farmiga to Play Millie Bobby Brown's Mother in 'Godzilla' Sequel Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 5, 2017
- ↑ Kroll, Justin (March 27, 2017). ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Star O’Shea Jackson Jr. Eyes ‘Godzilla’ Sequel (EXCLUSIVE) Variety. Retrieved June 5, 2017
- ↑ Welch, Alex (April 18, 2017). Godzilla 2 Casts Underground Star Aisha Hinds Screenrant. Retrieved June 5, 2017
- ↑ N'Duka, Amanda (May 1, 2017). Anthony Ramos Books ‘A Star Is Born’ & ‘Godzilla’ Sequel Deadline. Retrieved June 5, 2017
- ↑ N'Duka, Amanda (May 18, 2017). ‘Game Of Thrones’ Alum Charles Dance Joins ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters’ Deadline. Retrieved June 5, 2017
- ↑ Chatterjee, Pramit (May 26, 2017). From Inter-dimensional Demogorgon To Kick-Ass Kaiju: 'Stranger Things' Star Randall Havens Joins 'Godzilla 2' Moviepilot. Retrieved June 4, 2017
- ↑ Brew, Simon (June 1, 2017). Godzilla 2 adds Silicon Valley star Thomas Middleditch Den of Geek. Retrieved June 4, 2017
- ↑ Dougherty, Michael (June 2, 2017). He is evolution in the flesh, so... Twitter. Retrieved June 3, 2017
- ↑ Kennedy, Michael (June 2, 2017). Godzilla 2 Cast Adds Bradley Whitford Screenrant. Retrieved June 4, 2017
- ↑ Sneider, Jeff (June 8, 2017). ZHANG ZIYI JOINS “GODZILLA” SEQUEL AND LEGENDARY’S MONSTERVERSE AS KEY MONARCH FIGURE Tracking Board. Retrieved June 8, 2017
- ↑ Radish, Christina (June 15, 2017). Sally Hawkins on Portraying a Folk Artist in ‘Maudie’ & Returning for ‘Godzilla 2′ Collider. Retrieved June 18, 2017
- ↑ @Mike_Dougherty (June 26, 2017). Call sheet. Day 6. @GodzillaMovie Twitter. Retrieved June 30, 2017
- ↑ (June 29, 2017). Millie Bobby Brown talks Godzilla 2 & Monsters Converge Godzilla Movies. Retrieved June 30, 2017
- ↑ Gormaru Island (July 3, 2017). GODZILLA II Night Filming from the scheduled Inman Village ParkWay shoot that happened two days ago Facebook. Retrieved July 3, 2017
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- ↑ D'Nuka, Amanda (July 10, 2017). ‘Godzilla: King Of The Monsters’ Adds Elizabeth Ludlow; Kevin Chapman Cast In ‘Slender Man’ Deadline. Retrieved July 12, 2017
|Showa era||Godzilla • Godzilla Raids Again • King Kong vs. Godzilla • Mothra vs. Godzilla • Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster • Invasion of Astro-Monster • Ebirah, Horror of the Deep • Son of Godzilla • Destroy All Monsters • All Monsters Attack • Godzilla vs. Hedorah • Godzilla vs. Gigan • Godzilla vs. Megalon • Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla • Terror of Mechagodzilla|
|Heisei era||The Return of Godzilla • Godzilla vs. Biollante • Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah • Godzilla vs. Mothra • Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II • Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla • Godzilla vs. Destoroyah|
|Millennium series||Godzilla 2000: Millennium • Godzilla vs. Megaguirus • Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack • Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla • Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. • Godzilla: Final Wars|
|TriStar Pictures||Godzilla (1998 film)|
|MonsterVerse||Godzilla • Godzilla: King of the Monsters • Godzilla vs. Kong|
|Toho reboot series||Shin Godzilla • Godzilla: Monster Planet|
|King Kong films|
|Showa era||King Kong (1933) • Son of Kong • King Kong vs. Godzilla • King Kong Escapes|
|Paramount film||King Kong (1976)|
|Universal film||King Kong (2005)|
|MonsterVerse||Kong: Skull Island • Godzilla vs. Kong|
|Heisei era||Rebirth of Mothra • Rebirth of Mothra II • Rebirth of Mothra III|
|Showa era||Gamera (1965) • Gamera vs. Barugon • Gamera vs. Gyaos • Gamera vs. Viras • Gamera vs. Guiron • Gamera vs. Jiger • Gamera vs. Zigra • Gamera: Super Monster|
|Heisei era||Gamera: Guardian of the Universe • Gamera 2: Attack of Legion • Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris • Gamera: The Brave|
|Reboot film||Gamera (Upcoming film)|
|Showa era||Japanese King Kong • King Kong Appears in Edo • The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms • Rodan • The Mysterians • Varan • Warning from Space • H-Man • The Birth of Japan • Gorath • Kujira Gami • Atragon • Matango • Dogora • Frankenstein vs. Baragon • War of the Gargantuas • Daimajin • Return of Daimajin • Wrath of Daimajin • The X From Outer Space • Gappa • Space Amoeba • Daigoro vs. Goliath • Submersion of Japan • Prophecies of Nostradamus • The Last Dinosaur • The War in Space • Bye-Bye Jupiter • Pulgasari|
|Heisei era||Yamato Takeru|
|American films||Cloverfield • Pacific Rim • Pacific Rim: Uprising • 10 Cloverfield Lane|
|Miscellaneous||Go! Godman • The Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit • Attack on Titan|
|Cancelled or scrapped films|
|Showa era||Bride of Godzilla • The Volcano Monsters • King Kong vs. Prometheus • Frankenstein vs. The Human Vapor • Giant Horde Beast Nezura • Gamera The Giant Monster vs. The Ice Men From Outer Space • Batman vs. Godzilla • Operation Robinson Crusoe: King Kong vs. Ebirah • Giant Monster Gigant • Giant Squid Monster Arkitius • Giant Monster Momonra • Reigon: Devil of the Seabed • Godzilla vs. Hedorah sequel • Jet Jaguar vs. Megalon • U.S.-Japan Collaboration: Godzilla • All Monsters Attack Directive • Godzilla vs. Redmoon • Godzilla vs. the Space Monsters: Earth Defense Directive • The Return of King Ghidorah • Mechanical Monster Garugan • Gamera vs. Garasharp • The Legend of King Kong • Devil-Manta • A Space Godzilla • Godzilla vs. Asuka Fortress|
|Heisei era||The Return of Godzilla (original draft) • Mothra vs. Bagan • Untitled animated Godzilla film • Godzilla vs. King Kong • Godzilla vs. Mechani-Kong • The Return of King Ghidorah • Godzilla vs. Gigamoth • Godzilla vs. MechaMothra • Godzilla vs. Berserk • Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II (Early draft) • Gamera vs. Phoenix • Godzilla vs. AstroGodzilla • Godzilla vs. Ghost Godzilla • Godzilla vs. Barubaroi|
|Millennium series||Godzilla X Varan, Baragon and Anguirus: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack • Godzilla vs. Gamera|
|American films||Godzilla: King of the Monsters 3-D • Godzilla (1994 film) • Godzilla Reborn • Godzilla 3D to the MAX|
|TriStar Pictures||Godzilla 2|
|MonsterVerse||Godzilla (June 2012 screenplay)|