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A 'Godzilla' Sequel Is Happening

I may or may not have been one of those people applauding and cheering during Godzilla when I saw the film during its opening weekend, so I'm definitely eager to see the big guy back on the big screen again soon. Good thing Godzilla opened to $93.2 million, enough to get Legendary Pictures to already put a sequel into the works.

Deadline confirmed on Sunday that Legendary is developing a Godzilla sequel. No word yet whether director Gareth Edwards will be back yet or when the sequel will hit theaters. If Legendary is smart (and it seems like they made all the right choices so far with Godzilla) they'll bring Edwards back for another installment.

From Deadline:

Edwards has talked about what he would do with a sequel, saying he would use the same kind of restraint that he did for this one. He learned well from watching Spielberg films as the monster was only talked about for the first part of this film. And, of course, there were those reaction shots that added to the suspense. Edwards was given the chance by Legendary’s Thomas Tull who put faith in him to pull this off, having previously done Monsters which only grossed $2.6M in total. Tull has played coy in the media on the subject of a sequel, waiting for Godzilla‘s monster opening to confirm sequel plans. As Dan Fellman (WBros. head of domestic distribution) pointed out, they made more in one night (probably one late night run at 7 PM) than Edwards’ movie did in its entire run. Legendary’s Jon Jashni developed this along with Brian Rogers and Mary Parent. Max Borenstein scripted from a story by David Callaham. Alex Garcia at Legendary was instrumental in the development of this film working, closely with both the director and writer.

It'll be interesting to see how Godzilla performs against X-Men: Days of Future Past next weekend. As long as Godzilla doesn't get destroyed by the latest X-Men movie, its box office potential should remain strong.
A 'Godzilla' Sequel Is Happening Reviewed by Bill Kuchman on 5/18/2014 Rating: 5

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