Apparently Godzilla hasn’t perfected speed swimming as Warner Brothers and Legendary have set a June 8, 2018 release date for the monster-sequel Godzilla 2, roughly four years from now.
Gareth Edwards returns to direct, and his commitment to helm the first Star Wars spin-off film due in 2016 is the reason we have to wait nearly 1,400 days for the King of Monster’s return and not two or three years at the most.
Godzilla was an early summer box office surprise and one of several films this year that blew out opening weekend estimates by a wide margin, the other three notables being Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It opened to the tune of $93.2 million and has gone on to earn over $507 million at the global box office.
Legendary made the first Godzilla 2 splash at Comic-Con last month by announcing legendary kaiju villains Mothra, Ghidorah and Rodan would all appear in the sequel. Work on the story is likely well underway and the monster designs could be in the can and ready to go by the time Edwards wraps up Star Wars.
Next up for Godzilla is a trip to Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on September 16 where it should smash up some impressive sales numbers.