No Word Yet on Who Might Replace Edwards As Godzilla 2 Director
Writer / director Gareth Edwards, best known for directing the 2014 American reboot of Godzilla and being picked to helm this December’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, has stepped down from directing a second Godzilla movie. Godzilla 2 was recently pushed back from a June 2018 released date to March 2019 one, a move many thought was being done to give Edwards time to finish his work on Rogue One and have enough time to prepare for the Godzilla sequel, but now appears to be a move to give the studios time to find a replacement director. According to a report from Deadline, Edwards, Legendary Entertainment, and Warner Brothers parting of ways was amicable.
So, what was the reason Edwards wanted to step down? Apparently, he has his own personal projects he’s interested in pursuing and didn’t want to keep pushing them off to direct another blockbuster. Legendary and Warner Brothers have begun shopping for a new director, and there’s no word yet who might replace Edwards. And though they do have some time before the March 22, 2019, release date for Godzilla 2, they can’t take forever, as plans for Godzilla are moving forward at a brisk pace.
First up, Kong: Skull Island (directed by Jodan Vogt-Roberts from a screenplay co-written by a team including Godzilla scribe Max Borenstein) is smashing its way into cinemas on March 2017, followed by Godzilla 2 (also being written by Max Borenstein) in 2019, before the two titans throw down on May 20, 2020, for Godzilla vs. Kong.
Edwards decision to take a break from busting blocks to pursue more personal stories is a path many younger directors are now following. Colin Trevorrow, after stepping up to the big time with Jurassic World, will be pursuing a smaller drama called The Book Of Henry, before returning to the big leagues to take on directing Star Wars Episode IX in 2019, after Rian Johnson delivers Episode VIII in 2017. And after Duncan Jones wraps up all his work on big-budget video game adaptation Warcraft, he plans to pursue a smaller budget, personal sci-fi movie called Mute, which is reportedly a sequel to 2009’s Moon.
So, with Edwards moving on from Godzilla 2, who do you think would be a good choice to take his place?