Legendary kicked off its San Diego Comic-Con Hall H panel in a monster-sized way by confirming they will be making a sequel to Godzilla, and revealing three of the monsters that will appear in Godzilla 2: Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah.
After introducing a video message from director Gareth Edwards, CEO of Legendary Pictures Thomas Tull showed a teaser featuring stock historical footage reminiscent of Godzilla‘s opening credits sequence. The footage was overlaid with a voice-over from JFK and ended with a title-card that read: “There is still one secret that remains hidden… There are others.”. There was a brief shot of the monsters’ silhouettes, along with retro government footage of meetings and backroom-politics, accompanied by a calling for emergency disaster control, and a final closing card that reads: “Conflict: Inevitable. Let them fight.”
Godzilla, which has taken in about $500 million worldwide since May, has lead to director Gareth Edwards landing a new Star Wars film that will be released in 2016. Before tackling Godzilla 2, Edwards said thank you to fans in a prerecorded message and that he needed “a break” and will instead do a “smaller sci-fi” film in the meantime. Well, I guess a smaller sci-fi film is the kind of break Edwards needs before doing a… bigger sci-fi film.
Whether the three Kaijus will appear in the sequel is up in the air. The film is still in the early stages of development, but the footage was shown as a sample of what Edwards and Tull would like to do in the next movie, including the addition of three of Godzilla’s most famous monsters. Tull went on to say later on in the presentation “that’s what we want to do, yes… Toho has been very good to us. Now we have more monsters to play with, and we’re excited about it.” Edwards would have to complete his “small sci-fi” film as well as the new Star Wars film before beginning production but it looks like the gears are already in motion.
If you’re familiar with Godzilla’s lore, the monsters Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah all played adversaries to Godzilla. Eventually Rodan and Mothra became companions who would aid Godzilla in battling far-flung space invaders or other Kaijus like Ghidorah. The inclusion of not one, not two, but three monsters from Godzilla’s storied roster of kaijus will be an impressive sight to behold indeed.
Here’s hoping we’ll see all three of these high-flying Kaijus battle the ‘King Of The Monsters’ sometime in the next few years.
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Images: Warner Bros, Legendary Pictures, Toho Co, Ltd.