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Hollywood's Godzilla 2 Loses Director Gareth Edwards

posted on 2016-05-13 21:45 EDT
"Amicable" split as he pursues personal projects after 2014's Godzilla, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Director Gareth Edwards has left the production of Legendary and Warner Bros' Godzilla sequel film. The news source Deadline describes the split as "amicable," as Edwards aims to pursue smaller personal projects after helming 2014's Godzilla film and this year's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The sequel's staff is still working off a script by the 2014 film's Max Borenstein. Edwards and Legendary already agreed to the change in directors before Legendary delayed the film from June 8, 2018 to March 22, 2019.

Warner Bros. is also producing the Kong: Skull Island film alongside Legendary Pictures, which moved the prequel movie project from Universal Studios to Warner Bros. last September to allow for the possibility of the Godzilla vs. Kong crossover film with Godzilla. That crossover will open on May 29, 2020. Warner Bros. retains the right to participate in the Godzilla sequels.

Legendary licensed the Godzilla film rights, and produced Gareth Edwards' 2014 Godzilla film. The 2014 film opened in the United States in May 2014, and earned over US$500 million worldwide.

Chinese company Dalian Wanda Group recently acquired a majority stake in Legendary Entertainment in January.

Source: Deadline


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