Writer Max Borenstein has been giving his thoughts about Legendary’s forthcoming 2018 Godzilla sequel. He has confirmed that he is returning to write the script and promises fans that the second film will be “bigger and better” than the original.
Borenstein confirmed the news to Collider.
“I’m doing it, I’m writing it now, and it’s really going to be great. I don’t want to go off book and tell you anything that I’m not allowed to tell you. The response to the first film was really exciting, but now that that world is established, we can do bigger and even better things. We’re really stoked.”
Borenstein, who is currently working on the Minority Report TV adaptation, will once again be collaborating on the script with Gareth Edwards (Monsters, End Day), but Edwards will be allowed time to work on Star Wars: Rogue One. Edwards will also be returning for directorial duties. No casting decisions have been confirmed yet.
Cinema Blend reported that classic monsters Rodan, Mothra and Ghidorah are rumoured to appear in the movie, ushering in secret information from the “Project Monarch” files. This was hinted at by Edwards himself when he showed files of all three monsters at San Diego Comic Con. Details are yet to be confirmed as Borenstein is still working on the script, but fans can expect this movie to be bigger in every way.
The franchise hit a huge stumbling block in 1998 when Roland Emmerich released his version of Godzilla, which was received poorly by critics and viewers alike. Thus, whoever continued the story of Japan’s favourite monster was taking a gamble with reigniting the franchise. Warner Bros. sunk $160 million into its reboot and funded a lucrative, expansive advertisement campaign for the film. It paid off when the filmed grossed $524 million worldwide. In light of this, a sequel has been greenlit.
As reported by The Inquisitr, the success of the film isn’t lost on Toho, the original creators of Godzilla, who have announced their own Godzilla film with a tentative release date of 2016.
The franchise has massive cultural influence in Japan and around the world. Godzilla has appeared in comic books, video games, TV shows, music, books, and thirty-six movies (29 for Toho, 6 for various American film production companies), all of which vary in tone, political theme and internal mythology.
The yet unnamed Godzilla sequel is currently scheduled for a June 8, 2018 release.
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