The 2014 American Godzilla reboot was a frustrating experience for a lot of fans. Just as the action started to get good, director Gareth Edwards would turn his camera away, saving the big monster brawl for the epic climax. Godzilla 2 won't be taking the same route. The big lizard has already been introduced, and this sequel promises to bring in even more iconic Kaiju from the original Japanese series. Collider recently caught up with the movie's writer, Max Borenstein, who doesn't think any fans will be disappointed this time around.
Max Borenstein was at TCA to promote his new Fox sci-fi drama Minority Report. But he didn't mind taking a few moments to discuss his upcoming work on Godzilla 2. He didn't want to reveal any plot details, as he is knee-deep in the midst of writing the sequel script. But he showed a lot of enthusiasm for the upcoming monster movie. He clearly enjoyed working with director Gareth Edwards on the first Godzilla, as they collaborated on the screenplay. Gareth Edwards is currently shooting Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One in England, but as soon as that wraps, he's diving head-first into Godzilla 2.
Godzilla 2 already has a set release date of June 8, 2018. It is once again being produced by Legendary Pictures. And at Comic-Con 2014, it was revealed that iconic Japanese Kaiju Rodan, Mothra and Ghidorah are all being included in the action. At this point in time, Max Borenstein isn't ready to discuss how these giant creatures are being introduced into the story, or what they will be doing. He did have this to say, however, when asked if he was for sure coming in to write the sequel.
I'm doing it. I'm writing it now, and it's really going to be great. I don't want to go off book and tell you anything that I'm not allowed to tell you. The response to the first film was really exciting, but now that that world is established, we can do bigger and even better things. We're really stoked."
So, just how much 'bigger' and 'better' will it be? We're not sure, but the inclusion of three new monsters means it's going to be out of control, with a climax that promises all will be involved. The relatively difficult nature of setting up the narrative was accomplished in 2014's Godzilla, so the writer and director will really be allowed to play within this world. They will be able to expend the breadth of what we last saw on screen, and it can't help but be a more exciting movie. About re-collaborating with Gareth Edwards, Max Borenstein had this to say.
"He's making Star Wars right now, so he's a little preoccupied, but yeah. Gareth is amazing. It's exciting to get to work with him again. One of the fun things about that experience is the same fun that it's been on [Minority Report], where you really get to have your fingers in the pie."
Are you excited to see what Gareth Edwards and Max Borenstein are able to do with Godzilla 2? Or does it already sound like there are too many monsters in the kitchen? And what about a King Kong crossover with Kong: Skull Island? Is that the next step in this shared Legendary Universe? We'll have to wait and see!