Principal photography for the next Godzilla movie has officially begun today! While previous reports pegged the title as Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Warner Bros.’ press release from today did not specifically reference the title of the film by name. To coincide with the start of filming for the movie, Warner Bros. has released an official synopsis which reveals some key elements of the upcoming project:
“The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.”
Mothra- a fan-favorite for decades- was first teased in 2014’s Godzilla, so it’s no surprise that the studio is so upfront about announcing this mythical beast’s upcoming appearance. The movie will be based on a screenplay written by Max Borenstein, Zach Shields and Michael Dougherty, and directed by Dougherty. Given the roster of adversaries along with Shields’ and Dougherty’s previous work on Trick ‘r Treat and Krampus, this movie has the potential to be a real monster mash!
The film will see Ken Watanabe and Sally Hawkins return to the series in their previous respective roles, along with Millie Bobby Brown, Kyle Chandler, and Vera Farmiga appearing in new roles. Additional cast members include Charles Dance, Aisha Hinds, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Thomas, Middleditch, Bradley Whitford, and Zhang Ziyi.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters (or whatever it ends up being called!) is currently scheduled to hit theaters on March 22nd, 2019. Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more details on this exciting new project as they break!