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Warner Bros. & Legendary Pictures are already developing a Godzilla sequel

May. 19, 2014by:

So who's shocked a sequel to Gareth Edwards' GODZILLA is already in the works? Deadline has learned Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are developing a sequel to their hit movie. GODZILLA's opening weekend numbers were very impressive, and really it was only a matter of time before a sequel was announced.

Although Gareth Edwards has talked about what he'd like to do with a GODZILLA sequel and I'm guessing he will return, it's not clear if the director will definitely be back to helm the next movie. If he does, expect the sequel to have the same slow reveal as the first movie.

Are you ready for more kaiju action, and what would you like to see in the sequel, besides more interesting human characters? Do you want Gareth Edwards to return for the next GODZILLA flick, or do you think a different director should be behind the camera? Sound off below!

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6:56PM on 05/22/2014
I would love to see David Stratherian, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins and the Navy re-fitted into a Kaiju branch of the military that trains and preps for attacks and assists with relief efforts for the afflicted areas. Foreign governments instead begin a Mecha Godzilla program to attack the beast if he ever returns, not understanding that without something to fight, he'll stay to himself at the bottom of the ocean. Mecha is programmed to use the sonics to challenge Zilla to a fight and instead
I would love to see David Stratherian, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins and the Navy re-fitted into a Kaiju branch of the military that trains and preps for attacks and assists with relief efforts for the afflicted areas. Foreign governments instead begin a Mecha Godzilla program to attack the beast if he ever returns, not understanding that without something to fight, he'll stay to himself at the bottom of the ocean. Mecha is programmed to use the sonics to challenge Zilla to a fight and instead attracts new monsters, maybe Rodan or Ghidorah or something else from space, and Godzilla returns to defeat all three after the Mecha malfunctions and adds to the attack. I would want the point to be that if people stop fucking with Godzilla they can live in peace.
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8:55PM on 05/20/2014

I'm happy but cautious

As long as you give me four times the action, I'll be down. I liked the new movie but was too boring in the middle. And don't pull that Godzilla cock tease crap again
As long as you give me four times the action, I'll be down. I liked the new movie but was too boring in the middle. And don't pull that Godzilla cock tease crap again
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2:12PM on 05/20/2014
More of the Zilla action
Less of the "I miss you" or "come save me" subplot
Absolutely no "Kid Characters" that need to summon him or help out in anything
No character scenes at the end of them waving 'bye-bye' to Zilla (or stupid comments)
No Matthew Broderick
Put Godzilla on a freaking diet
More of the Zilla action
Less of the "I miss you" or "come save me" subplot
Absolutely no "Kid Characters" that need to summon him or help out in anything
No character scenes at the end of them waving 'bye-bye' to Zilla (or stupid comments)
No Matthew Broderick
Put Godzilla on a freaking diet
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8:45PM on 05/19/2014

What I would like in a sequel.....

- More Gorija time.
- Rodan
- Seattle should be the city. How cool would it be for Rodan to speared down with the space needle?
- Louder roars. Can we resurrect Sensoround?
- Battle with the Cloverfield monster.
- Make it a buddy picture, maybe Mrs. Godzilla, a Mon-Rom-Com.
- More Gorija time.
- Rodan
- Seattle should be the city. How cool would it be for Rodan to speared down with the space needle?
- Louder roars. Can we resurrect Sensoround?
- Battle with the Cloverfield monster.
- Make it a buddy picture, maybe Mrs. Godzilla, a Mon-Rom-Com.
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10:30PM on 05/19/2014
I'd rather see Mrs Godzilla than resurrecting any of the Toho catalog of monsters. Seriously, there isn't an interesting one in the bunch other than Ghidora, and he doesn't have any arms. Time for some new blood.....and things that would make a CGI fight look cool!
I'd rather see Mrs Godzilla than resurrecting any of the Toho catalog of monsters. Seriously, there isn't an interesting one in the bunch other than Ghidora, and he doesn't have any arms. Time for some new blood.....and things that would make a CGI fight look cool!
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7:15PM on 05/19/2014

What I want in a sequel?

- A well-written story
- Character development
- More Godzilla screentime
- A well-written story
- Character development
- More Godzilla screentime
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4:39PM on 05/19/2014
im shocked shocked i say they are making a sequel i mean it made a shitload of money how dare they ok enough sarcasm
im shocked shocked i say they are making a sequel i mean it made a shitload of money how dare they ok enough sarcasm
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1:21PM on 05/19/2014
It needed just a bit more...just a wee bit more of Godzilly and Cranston.
It needed just a bit more...just a wee bit more of Godzilly and Cranston.
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2:14PM on 05/19/2014
Think it would have been better if Cranston had stayed in the foreground.
Think it would have been better if Cranston had stayed in the foreground.
6:30PM on 05/19/2014
Cranston was definitely the high point of the actors. I never watched Breaking Bad, but he is very powerful on screen.
Cranston was definitely the high point of the actors. I never watched Breaking Bad, but he is very powerful on screen.
12:44PM on 05/19/2014
Gareth Edwards should certainly come back. The problem with Godzilla was that it had way too many writer. Even though they aren't credited on IMDB, David Goyer & Frank Darabont each did script doctoring on it, among others. The script just ended up being very unfocused. The one character who had the best dramatic motivation to push the story forward was killed in the first act.
Gareth Edwards should certainly come back. The problem with Godzilla was that it had way too many writer. Even though they aren't credited on IMDB, David Goyer & Frank Darabont each did script doctoring on it, among others. The script just ended up being very unfocused. The one character who had the best dramatic motivation to push the story forward was killed in the first act.
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8:30PM on 05/19/2014
"Unfocused." That pretty much sums up my feelings on the film. My money was well spent at the IMAX 3D showing, and there's a lot to like in the film, but it's a bit of a mess. I might be out of touch with the public, but it seems like the movie is getting a pass, and I'm surprised it is. It's just one of those frustrating movies that isn't bad, but you can see so much potential on screen for the movie to have been so much better if more time and care had been given to it
"Unfocused." That pretty much sums up my feelings on the film. My money was well spent at the IMAX 3D showing, and there's a lot to like in the film, but it's a bit of a mess. I might be out of touch with the public, but it seems like the movie is getting a pass, and I'm surprised it is. It's just one of those frustrating movies that isn't bad, but you can see so much potential on screen for the movie to have been so much better if more time and care had been given to it
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11:22AM on 05/19/2014

"...expect the sequel to have the same slow reveal as the first movie."

If you think simply having Edwards back inherently means the movie will be structured the same with the same slow reveal, you don't understand the dramatic purpose of the slow reveal and aren't qualified to even talk movies.
If you think simply having Edwards back inherently means the movie will be structured the same with the same slow reveal, you don't understand the dramatic purpose of the slow reveal and aren't qualified to even talk movies.
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4:57PM on 05/19/2014
Agreed. I thought the approach & execution of that in the film was fantastic & necessary. This is an introduction to a modern Godzilla. Now it's time to show what's he's all about with future movies
Agreed. I thought the approach & execution of that in the film was fantastic & necessary. This is an introduction to a modern Godzilla. Now it's time to show what's he's all about with future movies
6:34PM on 05/19/2014
I've read that Edwards himself said if he did a sequel there would be another slow reveal, but I don't know if he'd stick with that after the criticisms following this. It would be better (assuming there are multiple monsters) to have a series of short fights that end without resolution (either due to human interference, the monster fleeing, or Godzilla actually being run off), then have him return at the end to fight with more vigor (maybe the humans feed him additional radiation to return
I've read that Edwards himself said if he did a sequel there would be another slow reveal, but I don't know if he'd stick with that after the criticisms following this. It would be better (assuming there are multiple monsters) to have a series of short fights that end without resolution (either due to human interference, the monster fleeing, or Godzilla actually being run off), then have him return at the end to fight with more vigor (maybe the humans feed him additional radiation to return him to full strength?).

But another movie where we don't see Godzilla until the 2nd half would be a bad idea unless he came up with a great script and actors who could make the movie really good until the monsters appear.
7:01PM on 05/19/2014
So you got you master degree in understanding the slow revealing in movies. Hmmm! I see ! Mind blasting!
So you got you master degree in understanding the slow revealing in movies. Hmmm! I see ! Mind blasting!
11:07AM on 05/19/2014

3 Things:

1. Improve the pace of the film. Don't leave everything for the last half hour of the film, and don't cut from major action sequences for table talk that slows the film down.
2. Have kaiju action either in Tokyo, or New York City to increase the carnage.
3. Don't allow us to see the events through the military's perspective. Instead just follow some normal civilians trying to survive. I hate it when characters are conveniently placed everywhere the kaiju are (i.e. Japan, Hawaii, train
1. Improve the pace of the film. Don't leave everything for the last half hour of the film, and don't cut from major action sequences for table talk that slows the film down.
2. Have kaiju action either in Tokyo, or New York City to increase the carnage.
3. Don't allow us to see the events through the military's perspective. Instead just follow some normal civilians trying to survive. I hate it when characters are conveniently placed everywhere the kaiju are (i.e. Japan, Hawaii, train tracks, and San Francisco).
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10:33AM on 05/19/2014
Okay but can we have no Aaron Taylor-Johnson this time? Okay maybe that's not fair. As most reviewers said, the script didn't give the actors much to do. It's the only film I've seen him in. Maybe he's better elsewhere?
Okay but can we have no Aaron Taylor-Johnson this time? Okay maybe that's not fair. As most reviewers said, the script didn't give the actors much to do. It's the only film I've seen him in. Maybe he's better elsewhere?
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8:36PM on 05/19/2014
Yea I feel you but I don't think that's fair. He's good in kick ass and a couple other films. Elizabeth Olsen is great in some movies, but they and even Straithem (spelling?) are not given much. But I don't think he should come back, not so much bc of his performance, but bc I'd rather watch a regular civilian than another hero who also has to save the day with godzilla
Yea I feel you but I don't think that's fair. He's good in kick ass and a couple other films. Elizabeth Olsen is great in some movies, but they and even Straithem (spelling?) are not given much. But I don't think he should come back, not so much bc of his performance, but bc I'd rather watch a regular civilian than another hero who also has to save the day with godzilla
1:51AM on 05/20/2014
You're right I forgot about Kick Ass. Call myself a movie fan (shame) lol. Definitely better in that.
You're right I forgot about Kick Ass. Call myself a movie fan (shame) lol. Definitely better in that.
9:58AM on 05/19/2014
More Godzilla screen time!
More Godzilla screen time!
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9:54AM on 05/19/2014
King Ghidorah! Maybe they can give him arms in a new design.
King Ghidorah! Maybe they can give him arms in a new design.
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9:13AM on 05/19/2014
I saw Godzilla yesterday with my kids. I have to say that i liked it. I see a lot of mixed reviews, some people I know didn't like it. Without getting spoilery, this is what I liked about it (and what won me over) it was the sense of real fear terror and chaos felt by the humans by the problem of giant monsters. That felt real to me, and won me over. Godzilla looked great, there was some very memorable and different scenes, cinematography, a lush color palette. They didn't try to overdo
I saw Godzilla yesterday with my kids. I have to say that i liked it. I see a lot of mixed reviews, some people I know didn't like it. Without getting spoilery, this is what I liked about it (and what won me over) it was the sense of real fear terror and chaos felt by the humans by the problem of giant monsters. That felt real to me, and won me over. Godzilla looked great, there was some very memorable and different scenes, cinematography, a lush color palette. They didn't try to overdo the script. One complaint I saw in other reviews was the 'one dimensional characters". Yeah this is a giant monster movie, a Godzilla movie. There really is only one note that matters. You don't need complex characters and script. I felt it was effective. I felt it was the best Godzilla movie since the first Godzilla movie. A sequel would need to be different though. I would hate if they just did the same story over again.
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9:07AM on 05/19/2014
Like they didn't planed it already, just waiting for the release to be sure (remember Green Lantern ? They almost had a release date for the sequel, then the movie flopped...).
And since we won't have a Pacific Rim sequel (also owned by Warner, conveniently)...
Like they didn't planed it already, just waiting for the release to be sure (remember Green Lantern ? They almost had a release date for the sequel, then the movie flopped...).
And since we won't have a Pacific Rim sequel (also owned by Warner, conveniently)...
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9:04AM on 05/19/2014
For those interested in Edwards comments on potential sequel
"With the exception of the 1954 original, I would say my second favorite film is Destroy All Monsters. I just love the idea of a monster island. Having a world with these creatures in it. I find that fascinating and would like to treat that realistically. I wouldnt want to limit it to one other foe, I think its more fun to this question will come back to haunt me if we ever do a sequel but I think multiple creatures make better
For those interested in Edwards comments on potential sequel
"With the exception of the 1954 original, I would say my second favorite film is Destroy All Monsters. I just love the idea of a monster island. Having a world with these creatures in it. I find that fascinating and would like to treat that realistically. I wouldnt want to limit it to one other foe, I think its more fun to this question will come back to haunt me if we ever do a sequel but I think multiple creatures make better movies in terms of the image of Gojira.
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10:39AM on 05/19/2014
Okay but lets also write some characters that we can invest in eg Jurassic Park.
Okay but lets also write some characters that we can invest in eg Jurassic Park.
6:36PM on 05/19/2014
We were invested in Cranston. I also enjoyed Watanabe, although he could have used a little more fleshing-out as to how he came to his beliefs about nature and Godzilla.

The problem was that too many people didn't identify with Johnson. I thought he was fine, but when so many people didn't care for him, that is obviously a problem for the film makers and the studio.
We were invested in Cranston. I also enjoyed Watanabe, although he could have used a little more fleshing-out as to how he came to his beliefs about nature and Godzilla.

The problem was that too many people didn't identify with Johnson. I thought he was fine, but when so many people didn't care for him, that is obviously a problem for the film makers and the studio.
8:40PM on 05/19/2014
I think that would be better. And really flesh out the character of Godzilla, bc honestly his character was weak. Why does he care about the Mutos if they aren't bothering him? How can he track them? I want to know why he is a hero/anti-hero. I think it would be awesome if they could send him there and do a movie with basically no dialogue but show how he's "heroic"
I think that would be better. And really flesh out the character of Godzilla, bc honestly his character was weak. Why does he care about the Mutos if they aren't bothering him? How can he track them? I want to know why he is a hero/anti-hero. I think it would be awesome if they could send him there and do a movie with basically no dialogue but show how he's "heroic"
10:36PM on 05/19/2014
You know, they touched on it with him intercepting the MUTO calls, but I agree that they never really did explain why he felt the need to risk his life in attacking. Perhaps he's just at the top of the food chain and saw them as a threat, perhaps they would see him as a potential host for their eggs (as they did with the fossil in the beginning of the movie). But the movie just went with Watanabe's wild guess that Godzilla was "nature's way of balancing itself."

That's pretty shaky
You know, they touched on it with him intercepting the MUTO calls, but I agree that they never really did explain why he felt the need to risk his life in attacking. Perhaps he's just at the top of the food chain and saw them as a threat, perhaps they would see him as a potential host for their eggs (as they did with the fossil in the beginning of the movie). But the movie just went with Watanabe's wild guess that Godzilla was "nature's way of balancing itself."

That's pretty shaky reasoning to bet the fate of the world on.
8:43AM on 05/19/2014
Mecha Godzilla! Oh wait, Asylum might use that one.
Mecha Godzilla! Oh wait, Asylum might use that one.
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8:37AM on 05/19/2014
Great news!

Edwards did a great job with the first and If Edwards does come back to helm the sequel, I would hope he uses a different style and/or method this time around. The slow reveal was cool for the first, origins film of Godzilla, but I would like to see a different, exciting approach for the sequel so the first two films don't feel TOO similar to one another.
Great news!

Edwards did a great job with the first and If Edwards does come back to helm the sequel, I would hope he uses a different style and/or method this time around. The slow reveal was cool for the first, origins film of Godzilla, but I would like to see a different, exciting approach for the sequel so the first two films don't feel TOO similar to one another.
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8:36AM on 05/19/2014
I'm surprised...in that they are just now developing it. I guess they didn't know exactly how it would do with the last USA godzilla, or zilla. My money was not waisted at the 3d IMAX, with that said, the movie has a lot of problems. I'd watch the sequel, but I hope they figure out a better story, and mainly focus (Godzilla, or the human mission). The movie wasn't as good as Cloverfield IMO
I'm surprised...in that they are just now developing it. I guess they didn't know exactly how it would do with the last USA godzilla, or zilla. My money was not waisted at the 3d IMAX, with that said, the movie has a lot of problems. I'd watch the sequel, but I hope they figure out a better story, and mainly focus (Godzilla, or the human mission). The movie wasn't as good as Cloverfield IMO
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10:36AM on 05/19/2014
Agree on all counts.
Agree on all counts.
1:59PM on 05/19/2014
Cloverfield? Seriously? I loved the movie and all, but that movie was SAVAGED for the ridiculous running commentary and a guy who kept pointing his handheld camera, even when he was being attacked or just about to fall off a building. It was could have been called Yuppie Douchebag Adventure instead.
Cloverfield? Seriously? I loved the movie and all, but that movie was SAVAGED for the ridiculous running commentary and a guy who kept pointing his handheld camera, even when he was being attacked or just about to fall off a building. It was could have been called Yuppie Douchebag Adventure instead.
8:52PM on 05/19/2014
I really loved Cloverfield. And I don't have a problem with found footage movies. They don't attract me more than non-found footage, and there's prolly more bad than good ones, but when they do it right I really enjoy them (chronicle, paranormal activity 1 and parts of the others, first half of district 9). It's a unique way to go at genres, or can be. Idk what you thought of godzilla, but if you really liked it your argument isn't really fair. Yea it's silly that someone would document the
I really loved Cloverfield. And I don't have a problem with found footage movies. They don't attract me more than non-found footage, and there's prolly more bad than good ones, but when they do it right I really enjoy them (chronicle, paranormal activity 1 and parts of the others, first half of district 9). It's a unique way to go at genres, or can be. Idk what you thought of godzilla, but if you really liked it your argument isn't really fair. Yea it's silly that someone would document the entire thing - why would someone even think of that - but I could suspend my belief for it as well as how conveniently the story follows Johnson in Godzilla. But I liked that CF followed regular people in their mission or journey that ran into the monster and the army, but didn't follow them. The focused story was better for me, than the multiple stories in Godzilla that weren't polished very well. I'd rather watch the story of the 1st American Godzilla, either make godzilla the main character, or a couple humans. I think the marketing really made me like CF a lot as well - I still remember the trailer and the Statue of Liberty and just the date, as well as all the puzzlish interactive websites. CF and TDK really set the bar as far as that goes. But like I say, I enjoyed Godzilla. U didn't like CF at all? What else didn't u like ab it? Do u like any found footage movies?
8:23AM on 05/19/2014

What a piece of shit idea

Worst movie I've seen this year. The only positive thing is that a sequel couldn't be much worse.
Worst movie I've seen this year. The only positive thing is that a sequel couldn't be much worse.
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8:51AM on 05/19/2014
People who think Godzilla is horrible have no taste in film. Fact.
People who think Godzilla is horrible have no taste in film. Fact.
9:03AM on 05/19/2014
I loved the film, but I can understand why some people might not.
Different people have different tastes. Fact !
I loved the film, but I can understand why some people might not.
Different people have different tastes. Fact !
11:48AM on 05/19/2014
You must not have seen many movies this year.
You must not have seen many movies this year.
7:13PM on 05/19/2014
Phatmaster: are you serious???? I wanted to like this Godzilla, but with paper thin characters and a badly written story, I just couldn't.
I'm honestly interested WHY did you find it so good?
Phatmaster: are you serious???? I wanted to like this Godzilla, but with paper thin characters and a badly written story, I just couldn't.
I'm honestly interested WHY did you find it so good?
10:31PM on 05/19/2014
Worst movie of the year so far? Really?! We all know after everything is said and done with 2014 that Bay's Transformers 4 will inevitably be the biggest piece of shit released this year, so save the bottom slot for that movie instead.
Worst movie of the year so far? Really?! We all know after everything is said and done with 2014 that Bay's Transformers 4 will inevitably be the biggest piece of shit released this year, so save the bottom slot for that movie instead.
10:39PM on 05/19/2014
Andris, all you can do is compare genres. Comparing Godzilla's humans to the complete wastes of film seen in Pacific Rim and Cloverfield (and considering the much better scope and pacing of Godzilla), it was easily the best monster movie to date.

If you didn't like it, then you're simply not a fan of the genre. You couldn't possibly like any monster movie in history.
Andris, all you can do is compare genres. Comparing Godzilla's humans to the complete wastes of film seen in Pacific Rim and Cloverfield (and considering the much better scope and pacing of Godzilla), it was easily the best monster movie to date.

If you didn't like it, then you're simply not a fan of the genre. You couldn't possibly like any monster movie in history.
10:09AM on 05/20/2014
Des1: I liked Pacific Rim, beacuse of its brainless monster-robot fights, and I liked Cloverfield beacuse of the use of the found footage technique in this genre.
This Godzilla dosen't offer as much creature-time as in Pacific Rim, but promises more human drama instead. And it would be okay to me, as Jaws uses the same method and is still the best of the monster-movies. But unlike Jaws, I don't care about the people here, because none of them are memorable or interesting. Ford comes close,
Des1: I liked Pacific Rim, beacuse of its brainless monster-robot fights, and I liked Cloverfield beacuse of the use of the found footage technique in this genre.
This Godzilla dosen't offer as much creature-time as in Pacific Rim, but promises more human drama instead. And it would be okay to me, as Jaws uses the same method and is still the best of the monster-movies. But unlike Jaws, I don't care about the people here, because none of them are memorable or interesting. Ford comes close, but ultimately becomes the perfect solider and nothing more (not even perfect father, son, husband, etc). Pacific Rim had badly written, cliched characters but I don't think the characters here are any better.
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