Return of the King – A Look At Godzilla’s Future In Film

Thanks to the success of 2014’s Godzilla, a new generation of moviegoers were shown why the giant lizard is the King of the Monsters. The cerebral adventure remake was an international box office smash and scored a 74% on Rotten Tomatoes. Legendary Studios announced a sequel for 2018, but many more releases surrounding Godzilla have been announced, or at least hinted at.

The success of Gareth Edwards’ version spurred Godzilla’s birthplace, Toho Studios, to get the band back together and make a new Godzilla film of their own. Tentatively titled Shin Godzilla (New Godzilla) the new movie will be released next year. To top it off, the  announcement it would be directed by Hideaki Anno – known for the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion – has fans of Japanese cinema even more fired up.

The internet is abuzz with other rumors of Godzilla making crossovers into other film series. The first involves Pacific Rim, where writer/director Guillermo Del Toro stated, “I would love to see a Jaeger and Godzilla duke it out.” Perhaps one of Godzilla’s old adversaries with a new design – maybe King Ghidorah or Space Godzilla – could make an appearance. The possibility of the crossover hinges on the success of Pacific Rim‘s first sequel, Maelstrom.

The second and most recent rumor involves Godzilla crossing over into another franchise, facing off against an old foe. Depending on the success of King Kong: Skull Island, Legendary could remake King Kong vs. Godzilla, which would be a fun ride for anyone who enjoys the characters, and grew up having fun with the campy Japanese version from 1962. Legendary sounds incredibly eager to make this happen.

The news surrounding Godzilla keeps growing, seemingly by the day. Unfortunately, many future film appearances hinge on initials films being successful. This means that fans will have to support these other properties to ensure that we see more of The King will be on the horizon.

Anthony Wendel
Anthony Wendel
Anthony is a geek through and through who still looks forward to new releases, sneak peeks, Giant Monsters, and robots of all shapes and sizes. He loves animation of all shapes and sizes. He has a distinct apprehension for trolling and clips shows. His books, The Handbook for Surviving A Giant Monster Attack and Santa Claus Conquers Manos: The Hands of Fate are available on Amazon.