‘Godzilla 2’ Begins Filming, Synopsis Revealed
The second installment of the most recent Godzilla franchise began filming on Monday in Atlanta, Georgia.
Coming off the success of 2014’s Godzilla, staring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston, the second untitled installment – although it was once referred to as Godzilla: King of Monsters – is planning for a March 2019 release. Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures, the two production companies behind the film, also made Kong: Skull Island.
The Godzilla sequel will be directed by Michael Dougherty, who recently worked as a writer on the Christmas themed horror film, Krampus.
Much like Kong, the new Godzilla boasts a star-studded cast including Oscar nominees Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Departed), Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai), and Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine). The film will also star Kyle Chandler (Manchester by the Sea), Bradley Whitford (Get Out), Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton), and Aisha Hinds (Star Trek: Into Darkness). Stranger Things‘ Millie Bobby Brown will also be featured in the film, the first of her young career.
Legendary Pictures also revealed the synopsis for the reptilian monster sequel in a press release.
“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,” the release read. “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.”
While Godzilla clashes with other monsters in the new film, it seems likely that Warner Bros. is working towards a massive, city-destroying fight between Godzilla and King Kong, the two monsters featured in their Monster-verse, in the future.