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'Godzilla' sequel gets 2018 release date

'Godzilla' to roar again in 2018
'Godzilla' to roar again in 2018
Still image from 'Godzilla' (Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures)

The sequel to Gareth Edwards 2014 "Godzilla" reboot was announced at last month's San Diego Comic-Con. And Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures relayed on August 14, 2014 that the next entry will hit theaters on June 8, 2018.

Why the long wait? A multitude of factors likely, but the main issue is Edward's has a full plate at the moment. The director is working on a "Star Wars" spin off film set for release in 2016, which he also discussed at this year's comic-con.

But there are other potentially exciting points to consider, that might explain the delay: firstly, Warner Bros. and Legendary are also working on 'Skull Island", which will be the fourth reboot of "King Kong"(the last being Peter Jackson's 2005 remake).

Kaiju aficionado's fondly recall Kong and Godzilla squaring off in the 1963 Toho produced "King Kong vs. Godzilla", and there's been plenty of speculation that the two beasts may battle again in a future installment.

Also, Guillermo del Toro's "Pacific Rim 2" will be hitting theaters in 2017, another property owned by Warner Bros. and Legendary. And del Toro has been enthusiastic about the idea of his Jaegar robots going to toe to giant toe with the iconic Japanese lizard.

So one could make the case the studios are building up these giant monster franchises to occupy a shared universe ala Marvel Studios, paving the way for several crossovers.

The plot for "Godzilla 2" has already been planned out for the most part. Edwards is basing it on 1968's "Destroy All Monsters", with Godzilla battling other giant monster favorites like Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidora. We'll just have to stay tuned for future crossover potentials.

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