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.