Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures’ MonsterVerse Kicks into Gear as Next Godzilla Feature Gets Underway
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Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures’ MonsterVerse Kicks into Gear as Next Godzilla Feature Gets Underway

Following the global success of 2014’s “Godzilla” and this year’s “Kong: Skull Island,” comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic MonsterVerse: an action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history.

The film, which begins principal photography today, is being directed by Michael Dougherty (“Krampus”).

The ensemble cast includes O’Shea Jackson Jr. (“Straight Outta Compton”) and Aisha Hinds (“”Shots Fired,” “Underground”). They join Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “The Conjuring” films), Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai”), Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), Kyle Chandler (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Manchester by the Sea”), Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”) in her feature film debut, Bradley Whitford (“Get Out”), Thomas Middleditch (HBO’s “Silicon Valley”), Charles Dance (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), and Zhang Ziyi (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”).

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.

Dougherty directs from a script he wrote with Zach Shields. The film is being produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Brian Rogers and Thomas Tull, with Barry H. Waldman, Zach Shields, Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira serving as executive producers and Alexandra Mendes co-producing for Legendary.

Filming is taking place mainly in Atlanta, Georgia.

A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, the film is currently scheduled for release in March 2019, and will be distributed in 3D and 2D and in select IMAX theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd.

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