After a tremendously successful opening, it should come as no surprise to horror fans that a sequel to Godzilla is already in the works. After making $103M internationally — the biggest opening of 2014 so far — and grossing $93M domestic stateside this weekend, the people behind the monster movie aren’t wasting any time in developing the franchise.
Legendary’s deal with Warner is over and they’ve moved on to working with Universal as distribution partners, but because “Godzilla” was released by WB, they have the rights moving forward. The marketing on this film was, we thought, excellent, with Legendary Pictures in-house team of Emily Castel, Barnaby Legg, Matthew Marolda and Peter Stone working closely with Warner Bros. It’s possible that announcing the sequel on Deadline today could be part of a bigger marketing strategy for the series.
Director Gareth Edwards has spoken previously, back in 2013, about the possibility of taking Godzilla further. Discussing a potential sequel in 2013, he told Screenrant that he would be inspired by 1968 movie, Destroy All Monsters: “With the exception of the 1954 original, I would say my second favorite film is Destroy All Monsters,” he said.
“I just love the idea of a monster island. Having a world with these creatures in it. I find that fascinating and would like to treat that realistically. I wouldn’t want to limit it to one other foe, I think it’s more fun to – this question will come back to haunt me if we ever do a sequel – but I think multiple creatures make better movies in terms of the image of Gojira.”
2014’s Godzilla movie did have a visual reference and Easter egg to Mothra, another popular TOHO kaiju movie icon. Mothra, though, would likely have to be another character that Legendary would have to license from TOHO. The antagonist creatures Godzilla faces in the movie, dubbed Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms (MUTO), were original creations; and thus, they did not require another separate license from TOHO. Because of the franchise’s complex licensing history, it’s unclear what direction the Godzilla sequel will, or could, take.