Godzilla Sequel Underway at Warner Bros.
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 05.18.2014
This will surprise absolutely no one after its kaiju-sized opening weekend, but Warner Bros. and Legendary are already working on a sequel to Godzilla. Deadline has confirmed that a follow-up film to the movie is in the works, with Gareth Edwards likely to return as director.
The site notes that Edwards has previously said he "would use the same kind of restraint he did for this one" in terms of the monster itself, coming from his experience watching Spielberg films where the creatures weren't revealed until later in the pictures. Edwards previously directed Monsters which gave him the experience with giant monsters before taking on the King of Monsters himself.
At this point, as we previously noted, the film has grossed $93.2 million domestically and $196.2 million worldwide. If it holds up well (and it will be facing tough competition as X-Men: Days of Future Past opens this coming weekend) it will have a very solid shot at $250 million-plus domestically and $700 million-plus worldwide. Even with inflation factored in that would put it well ahead of the 1998 Roland Emmerich film, which had only $30 million less of a budget.