After a decent wait since Gareth Edwards revived Godzilla to American audiences in 2014, hype is understandably starting to build for the next entry in the saga of “Big G.” The sequel to Legendary’s Godzilla is titled Godzilla: King of the Monsters and had been scheduled for a March 22, 2019 release date, but new information suggests that release date has been changed to a far more competitive May 31, 2019. As Bloody Disgusting points out, that puts it in the same release window as this summer’s first spate of blockbusters, including the likes of Deadpool 2, Solo and the original Jurassic World.
What this suggests is studio and producer confidence, and that could be a very good thing for Godzilla fans. If common Hollywood knowledge is to be believed, the producers presumably think that Godzilla: King of the Monsters has a shot at being a true blockbuster, and possibly even bigger than the first film’s $529 million worldwide gross.
The film is certainly positioned to up the stakes in terms of kaiju action. Unlike the first Godzilla, which actually hid its creatures through a good chunk of the runtime, Godzilla: King of the Monsters sounds like more of a classic monster mash in the vein of old-school Godzilla flicks like Destroy All Monsters. Several classic Godzilla friends and foes are said to be making appearances, including Mothra, Rodan, and the greatest Godzilla enemy of them all, the three-headed golden dragon known as King Ghidorah. There’s a reason why Ghidorah ended up as the #1 pick in our ranking of every Godzilla series kaiju, and it seems like star O’Shea Jackson Jr. is well aware of this. As of late, he’s been telling fans that they’ll “never forget” the confrontation between Big G and King G.
“In the last scene between Godzilla and King Ghidorah, I promise you, you will never forget it, in your life,” the actor said recently. “As a nerd, I am foaming at the mouth to get in the editing room… Godzilla will be the number 1 movie. The way that [Godzilla] and Ghidorah fight… man… Kong better bring some shit.”
Jackson of course refers to the scheduled next film in the series after King of the Monsters, which is Godzilla vs. Kong. This film would fuse the current Godzilla series to the new Legendary Kong series that began with Kong: Skull Island, although there are many questions that will need to be answered about how the (relatively) smaller Kong could possibly put up a fight with Big G. That task will fall to director Adam Wingard in his first big-budget feature, hoping he can capture some of the verve of indie efforts You’re Next and The Guest.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters, meanwhile, is directed by Michael Dougherty, whose Trick ‘r Treat is a movie we’ve called the ultimate Halloween night film in the past. As hype continues to build, let’s hope the monsters of the Godzilla universe are ready for a momentous curtain call.