Legendary Pictures have announced title changes for their two big upcoming monster movie sequels.
First up, what has until now been known as Pacific Rim: Maelstrom has been given the somewhat more easily digestible title Pacific Rim: Uprising. The sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 giant monsters vs. giant robots film stars The Force Awakens’ John Boyega, who plays the son of Marshal Stacker Pentecost, played in the original by Idris Elba. Alongside Boyega are Scott Eastwood (Suicide Squad, Texas Chainsaw 3D), newcomer Cailee Spaeny, Tian Jing (Kong: Skull Island), Levi Meaden (TV’s The Killing), and Adria Arjona (The Belko Experiment, True Detective). Steven S. DeKnight directs, making his feature debut.
Additionally, Legendary have revealed that the sequel to Gareth Edwards’ 2014 Godzilla reboot is to be called Godzilla: King of the Monsters, giving the city-levelling lizard back his decades-old unofficial title. With Edwards having turned down the project in favour of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Krampus/Trick ‘r Treat director Michael Dougherty stepped in, in a move sure to delight horror fans.
Filming in well underway on Pacific Rim: Uprising, which is due to hit cinemas on February 23rd, 2018. Godzilla will return to screens in King of the Monsters on March 22nd, 2019. A year later, on May 29th, 2020, we’re promised one hell of a face-off in Godzilla vs. Kong, which will presumably be a touch more spectacular than their hilarious 1962 battle.
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)