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One of the most thrilling moments in the last five years of San Diego Comic-Con history came during the 2012 Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures presentation. At the end of a panel about Pacific Rim, the lights went low, director Gareth Edwards stepped out on stage, and it was revealed that a new Godzilla movie was officially in the works. Fast forward to today, we have now gotten to see what Edwards could do with the property, and it turned out to be a gigantic hit. Just a couple days after the film was released in May, Godzilla 2 was announced as being in development - and it turns out that we might get some big news about the sequel next week.
The Wrap is reporting that Legendary Pictures has some very big plans for their presentation at San Diego Comic-Con this year, and adds that part of those plans may be some special announcements re: Godzilla 2. No further information is given about what the studio has in store, but it's worth noting that the only thing we know about the movie is that Gareth Edwards is signed on to direct (whether or not that will interfere with his big Star Wars plans remains to be seen). Basically, anything we hear about the film will be considered news, so keep your ears perked. The panel is scheduled for Saturday July 26th from 12:25pm to 1:10pm.
Godzilla 2 is obviously a question mark for the Legendary Pictures presentation, but The Wrap has at the very least confirmed the presence of two titles, both of which happen to be categorized as horror movies. The first is the archaeology-themed thriller As Above, So Below, which will be out in August, and the second is Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak, which is scheduled for release in October. Director John Erick Dowdle and his brother/co-writer Drew Dowdle will be on hand to answer questions about the former, while the latter will be represented by del Toro - who will also be on hand for The Strain panel Sunday, July 27th. There's no mention if any members of the geek-beloved Crimson Peak cast - which includes Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam - will be on hand.
Because it will be at least a few years before Legendary will have Godzilla 2 in theaters, it makes a ton of sense that they would want to keep the franchise fresh in people's memories with San Diego Comic-Con appearances. The last movie was an absolute smash hit, making $198 million domestically and $490 million worldwide on a $160 million budget, and it would be dumb for the studio to squander any lingering buzz. Cinema Blend will have a team on the ground covering the event and present at the Legendary Pictures presentation, so stay tuned in the coming weeks for more!