Godzilla has been a pop culture icon for decades, but when it comes to fully American productions centered around the monster, there have only been two undertakings. The first, in 1998, did not fare well either critically or commercially, thus eliminating any plans to spawn a series. Fortunately, the 2014 reboot was better received, ranking at 74% on Rotten Tomatoes and collecting nearly $530 million worldwide. With a performance like that, it's understandable that shortly after the movie's release, a sequel was ordered: Godzilla 2, officially titled Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Godzilla has led multiple movies in Japan, but this marks the first time in the United States that the giant reptile's adventures will continue past one movie.
We're still a ways from seeing Godzilla: King of the Monsters (which is shooting in Atlanta, Georgia) on the big screen, but there's a fair amount of information to chew on concerning the sequel in the meantime. That's why we've created this handy guide so you can browse through what's been announced about the blockbuster, from when it's coming out to who's working on it both on and off camera to how it will connect to a grander shared universe filled with other giant and powerful monsters.
What Is The Godzilla 2 Release Date?
Thankfully for Godzilla fans, the scheduling changes for Godzilla: King of the Monsters haven't been too drastic. It was originally supposed to come out on June 8, 2018, but after Legendary Entertainment moved production of Kong: Skull Island from Universal to Warner Bros., the giant ape was deemed to be the priority. Godzilla: King of the Monsters was subsequently moved to March 22, 2019. It's currently the only movie slated for that opening weekend, but that will most certainly change. As far as overall March competition goes, How To Train Your Dragon 3 and Captain Marvel are opening ahead of it, while a yet-to-be-revealed live action Disney fairy tale movie will open a week later. In recent years, March has become a more friendly month for releasing blockbusters, and 2019 will continue that trend.
What Is The Godzilla 2 Rating?
Godzilla: King of the Monsters doesn't have an official rating from the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) yet. However, it will presumably receive the same as Godzilla did: PG-13. The 2014 blockbuster was rated that way for "intense sequences of destruction, mayhem and creature violence." It's practically guaranteed that Godzilla: King of the Monsters will feature the same elements, but this is also a movie that can also be enjoyed by younger fans...but not too young. PG-13 is right in the sweet spot. Plus, that's what fellow MonsterVerse (more on that later) entry Kong: Skull Island has been rated, too.
Who Is The Godzilla 2 Director?
Gareth Edwards' directing credits include End Day and Monster, but Godzilla was the blockbuster that earned him widespread recognition. The original plan was for him to return for Godzilla: King of the Monsters after helming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. However, in May 2016, it was announced that Edwards would no longer direct the sequel, as he wanted to step back from overseeing big productions and focus on smaller-scale projects. It wasn't until January 2017 that his replacement was hired: Michael Dougherty, the man who directed Trick 'r Treat and Krampus. But that isn't the only way he's involved in the sequel...