Godzilla: King of the Monsters (aka Godzilla 2) is moving to May 31, 2019, instead of March 22, 2019. The move reflects Warner Bros.' growing confidence in the film.
The film is directed by Michael Dougherty, who first came to prominence as the writer of X2 in 2004. He also wrote the 2005 supernatural film Urban Legends: Bloody Mary and 2006's Superman Returns. He then wrote, directed, and produced the outstanding horror anthology film Trick r Treat in 2007. He wrote, directed, and produced the 2015 horror film Krampus. (The film is considered a failure, but its budget was just $15 million and it made $62 million. That equates to a $15 million profit for the studio.) He then wrote X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016.
The producers are:
- Mary Parent (Pleasantville, Pacific Rim, The Revenant, Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island, Pacific Rim: Uprising; she is the former president of production at Universal).
- Thomas Tull (Superman Returns, Trick 'r Treat, The Dark Knight, Watchmen, Clash of the Titans, Inception, Wrath of the Titans, The Dark Knight Rises, Jack the Giant Slayer, Man of Steel, Pacific Rim, Godzilla, Interstellar, Jurassic World, Krampus, Kong: Skull Island, Pacific Rim: Uprising; he is the former CEO of Legendary Entertainment).
- Alex Garcia (executive in charge of production on TV's House; executive producer of Trick r Treat, Jack the Giant Slayer, Godzilla; producer on Krampus and Kong: Skull Island).
- Jon Jashni (former President of Legendary Entertainment; executive producer of TV's Lost in Space; executive producer of Trick r Treat, Clash of the Titans, Wrath of the Titans, Jack the Giant Slayer; producer of Pacific Rim, Godzilla, Krampus, Kong: Skull Island, Pacific Rim: Uprising).
- Brian Rogers (a former Visual Effects Producer for The Hole, Green Lantern, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2; and a producer on Godzilla).
Lawrence Sher is the cinematographer. His list of credits is long, but not terrible impressive. It includes Kissing Jessica Stein, Garden State, The Dukes of Hazzard, The Hangover, The Hangover 2, and War Dogs, and additional photography on Godzilla.
Roger Barton is the editor. He's done Pearl Harbor, Ghost Ship, The Amityville Horror, Revenge of the Sith, Eragon, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, World War Z, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Transformers Genisys, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and Transformers: The Last Knight.
Scott Chambliss is the production designer. His credits include the TV series Alias, and the films Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek, Cowboys & Aliens, Tomorrowland, Star Trek: Into Darkness, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Legacy Effects is handling the special effects. They specialize in creature design, prosthetic makeup, animatronics, and specialty suits. Their films include Avatar, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Alice in Wonderland, Snow White and the Huntsman, Life of Pi, Thor, RoboCop, Pacific Rim, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Terminator Salvation, Terminator Genisys, and Jurassic World. They did character and creature design for Godzilla, John Carter, The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, Cowboys & Aliens, Hunger Games, and Avatar. They were nominated for the Best Visual Effects Oscar for Real Steel and Iron Man. They've also done special effects for the TV shows Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Colony, and Agent Carter.
Method Studios is handling the visual effects. They specialize in conceptual design, 3D animation/CGI, matte painting, and compositing and finishing. Their feature film work includes Avengers: Infinity War, A Wrinkle in Time, Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Doctor Strange, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man, The Maze Runner, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: The First Avenger, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
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In July 2014, just a month after the Godzilla premire, Legendary announced it had licensed King Ghidorah, Mothra, and Rodan from Toho Studios and would use the characters in the Godzilla sequel.
In September 2014, Legendary said Max Borenstein would return to script the sequel.
Gareth Edwards was originally supposed to return to direct the film. But he was delayed while working on Rogue One, and in May 2016 he left the Godzilla project. Edwards indicated that he would not return to Godzilla 2, even once Rogue One was finished. (In fact, Edwards has nothing in the works these days. He says he wants to work on smaller projects in the future.)
In October 2016, Legendary hired Michael Dougherty and Zach Shields to take over screenplay duties on Godzilla 2, and Dougherty would direct the film. It's not entirely clear why Borenstein left the script, which seemed pretty much complete by this point. But Borenstein had only written the first draft of Godzilla, and it seems he wasn't interested in doing more than that for the sequel, either.
Casting began in late January 2017. Millie Bobby Brown has a key role, with Kyle Chandler and Vera Farmiga as her parents. Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins will return as the Monarch scientists. 39-year-old Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) was cast late in the process in a major role.
Principal photography began on June 19, 2017. Location shooting occurred in Atlanta and Mexico City, with soundstage work at Qingdao Movie Metropolis facility in Qingdao, China. Principal photography wrapped on September 27, 2017.
Mo-cap work began in May 2018.
They've been spending a VERY long time on the visual effects. In comparison, The Avengers: Infinity War began principal photography in January 2017 and finished in July 2017, with pickup shots and reshoots in September and October 2017. That film's visual effects were completed between July 2017 and early April 2018, in just eight months.
Godzilla 2 has been at work on visual effects for seven months already, and they will work on them for another FULL YEAR.
This film better be the shit in terms of how it looks, or I'm going to get a gas can and burn down a couple studios.... LOL