Legendary Entertainment presented its future film line-up in Comic-Con’s Hall H on July 26th, recapping the announcements via a press release.
“Godzilla” director Gareth Edwards sent a video thank you message to the fans at Comic-Con, where the re-imagination of “Godzilla” was first introduced in 2012, while Legendary CEO Thomas Tull outlined what is to come for the iconic monster and the cinematic universe that Legendary is creating. Joining Godzilla in future franchise installments will be several other classic monsters from the original Toho Co., Ltd., including: Rodan, Mothra, and the King Ghidorah.
During the panel it was also announced that filmmaker Edwards will direct the sequel to “Godzilla” after he finishes his installment in the expanded “Star Wars” franchise.
Legendary also revealed it will be making a feature film centered around Skull Island, the origin place of another classic movie monster, King Kong. That film will be released on November 4, 2016.
Director Michael Mann (“Miami Vice,” “The Last of the Mohicans”) made his first trip to Comic-Con showcasing his latest thriller “Blackhat.” In addition to screening footage, Mann brought to the stage his lead actor, Comic-Con veteran Chris Hemsworth(“Thor”). “Blackhat” will be released on January 16, 2015.
Duncan Jones took the stage to showcase footage from the recently wrapped production of “Warcraft,” based upon the video game. Jones showed footage as a follow-up to the mood-setting piece introduced at last year’s convention. “Warcraft” will be released on March 11, 2016.
Legendary also gave fans a look at an extended trailer for its upcoming horror film “As Above/So Below,” which arrives in North American theaters on August 29, 2014 via Legendary’s new distribution deal with Universal Pictures. Future “Godzilla” installments will, however, be distributed by Warner Bros., which distributed the first entry in the rebooted franchise.