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New Titles For ‘Godzilla’ and ‘Pacific Rim’ Sequels


Two of Legendary Pictures’ monstrous sequels received enormous title changes.

The next Godzilla is now titled Godzilla: King of Monsters. Gareth Edwards directed the remake but moved on to film Star Wars: Rogue One, in theaters this weekend, instead of taking on a sequel. Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat, Krampus) will be helming Godzilla: King of Monsters, instead, for release on March 22, 2019.

Pacific Rim: Maelstrom was the awful initial title for the sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s giant robot vs. monster movie, which is to be be directed by Steven S. DeKnight (Netflix’s “Daredevil”).  It’s now known as Pacific Rim: Uprising, and is confirmed to star John Boyega (Attack the Block, The Force Awakens) as the son of Idris Elba’s character Stacker Pentecost. That film has a release date of February 23rd, 2018.

Filming is currently underway on Pacific Rim: Uprising with John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Cailee Spaeny, Jing Tian, Levi Meaden, and Adria Arjona starring. Charlie Hunnam, who played Raleigh Beckett in the first film, dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.

In the 2013 film that was directed by Guillermo del Toro, as a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.

Godzilla will eventually meet King Kong in Godzilla vs Kong, releasing May 29, 2020. It’s been rumored that the Pacific Rim franchise would somehow also connect, although this has not been confirmed.

Kong: Skull Island, the King Kong prequel that resets the universe, is currently in post for release on March 10, 2017. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts, it stars Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson.




  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    Godzilla 2: Cameos Suck

  • REC03

    I hope the script and characters for the new Godzilla is better than the first. The effects, directing and Godzilla stuff was great but the rest kinda sucked.

    • Satanzilla

      Script was great and unusually mature for a monster movie. Which is why most monster movie fans didn’t like it I guess.

      • REC03

        it was indeed mature but the characters were incredibly boring. i appreciate that they attempted to make it like Jaws as in show the monster less and have lots of characters stuff but they weren’t well developed and they killed off the best character early.

      • Nix da

        The First Godzilla movie was also a Mature film but had better carakters.

  • Alanmac

    Holy crap we FINALLY got thru an entire article about Godzilla and Pacific Rim without feeling the need to use the word “Kaiju” instead of monster!!! Are we done with that ridiculous phase at long last?? Next let’s move on to stop using “Drop” when talking about an album or movie release!

    • Satanzilla

      Ain’t nothing wrong with acknowledging the fact that gigantic monsters on earth are a movie concept pretty much brought to us by that genre. And of course the Pacific Rim films (the first of which was a childish mess) specifically refer to themselves as kaiju movies.

  • I think I prefer Maelstrom tbh. Uprising is such a boring generic name for a movie.

    • Satanzilla

      Me too. Maybe some people don’t like maelstrom because they don’t know what the word means.

  • Halloween_Vic

    Bring on the fucking monster mayhem!!!!

    • Satanzilla

      You got it brother!

  • Satanzilla

    A shame that Edwards won’t be directing G2. He was a brilliant choice to direct in the first place and his unusually mature storytelling broadened the appeal of the movie beyond the man-boys who usually like giant monster movies.

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