Legendary Pictures chief Thomas Tull discusses Godzilla 2...including new additions to the series at San Diego Comic-Con panel on Saturday.
On Saturday, July 26, Legendary Pictures confirmed Godzilla 2 at San Diego Comic-Con…and added a few bits of important information about the sequel.
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Variety's reporting that monster kaijus Mothra, Rodan and Ghidorah will pop up to destroy Tokyo again. At the same time, The Hollywood Reporter provides even more coverage of the news. In typical old school, special effects style trailer, the names of the three popular creatures pop up on screen with grainy, classic footage.
So who are Mothra, Rodan, and Ghidorah?
Well, Mothra's a gigantic moth with a love of destruction. Thanks to the fairies and bright colors, Mothra's the most associated monster for the Godzilla movies, but not the only one.
Rodan's a mutated pteranodon frenemy of the not-so-jolly green monster. With chest spikes, a forward slam will hurt for a more than a minute--even Godzilla feels that.
And of course, there's the three-headed dragon King Ghidorah that manages to destroy cities and fight Godzilla with no arms, huge wings, and two tails.
No wonder Godzilla's pissed off. Frenemies can be the worst.
Hypable points out the sinister trailer proclaimed, "Let them fight," as a callback to the monsters and Ken Watanabe's character in this year's Godzilla. For a movie without a script, there’s a lot of foreshadowing here.
And the returning Godzilla’s path of annihilation’ll be helmed by Gareth Edwards again. Legendary Pictures chief Thomas Tull announced Godzilla 2 is slated to premiere just before Christmas in 2016. That gives a little over two years to get the second film in the series just right. Unlike the 1998 version that no one ever really talks about.
Hopefully keeping the visually stunning cinematography in a style reminiscent of Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim. On high-def, the monsters pop to life and help transition stop-motion Godzilla to computer generated seamlessly.
The movie's Dec. 16, 2016, premiere is happening because Edwards needs to finish the latest Star Wars spin-off for Disney and Lucasfilm first—which is filming in London at the moment.
Edwards good-naturedly joked about Star Wars and Godzilla sci-fi fans. Saying he needed "a break" from the unending criticism by devout Godzilla followers, the director mentioned working on a "a small sci-fi movie.”
Toho Co. LTD, Godzilla's I.P. owners, easily gave permission for a sequel to Legendary Pictures after the runaway success of the monster film. And it's not easy to please that team of lawyers.
Boxoffice Mojo shows the film made $199,317,206 domestically and $292,000,000 internationally. With a $160,000,000 budget, Godzilla's already grossed a $331,317,206 profit after a little over nine weeks. Just wait until it premieres in Japan. Definitely a guaranteed moneymaker.
Godzilla first made waves at Comic-Con in 2012 and doesn't look to be stopping any time soon. After all, there’s two more San Diego Comic-Cons to obliterate first!