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Godzilla director Gareth Edwards has officially exited the sequel, Godzilla 2, according to Deadline.com. The success of Godzilla led Edwards to directing the first spinoff of the Star Wars franchise, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The trailer has been garnering a ton of positive buzz since its debut a couple of weeks ago.
It is understood that the split was amicable between Edwards, Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures. Edwards wanted to develop his own set of projects that are much smaller in scale than Godzilla 2 and the Star Wars spinoff.
Legendary and Warner Bros. are now searching for a director for Godzilla 2 and the recently announced installment Godzilla vs Kong, which are set for release in 2019 and 2020.
Next year’s release of the Jordan Vogt-Roberts directed Kong: Skull Island is supposed to pave the way for a planned monster revival, according to a presentation given at Comic-Con. This franchise is supposed to reintroduce classic Toho monsters King Ghidorah, Mothra, and Rodan. The presentation included details such as after Kong: Skull Island’s release date of March 10, 2017, Warner Bros. would begin plans to launch the new franchise starting with Godzilla vs Kong on May 29th 2020.
Gareth Edwards next film, however, takes him to another part of the galaxy. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is a prequel to A New Hope, and it tells the story of the resistance fighters who unite to steal plans to the Death Star. Rogue One opens December 16, 2016