When you’ve reached a certain point in a film franchise, things start to get a little creaky. Like when they made so many Friday the 13th films that in the end, was Jason Voorhees was more like a funny old weirdo than a blood lustin’ serial slasher.
But when it comes to the Godzilla movies, film bosses have somehow manage to keep them fresh. Godzilla (2014) was a box office smash and has a 75% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
And the first look at Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which will be the 35th in the franchise, looks like it’s only going to build upon the success of the previous film.
Spewing blue flames and looking mad as hell, director Mike Dougherty posted an image from the upcoming film on Twitter along with the words ‘He is risen’.
Another pic, posted on Instagram, shows Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown looking scared out of her skin.
Here’s the official synopsis for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, to be released in 2019:
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.
Speaking with EW, Dougherty reveals that about five years have passed since the events of the 2014 film.
“The world is reacting to Godzilla in the same way we would react to any other terrifying incident, in that we are overreacting,” he said.
“There’s paranoia and endless speculation about whether he is the only one out there or whether we’re threatened by others like his kind,” he added.
According to Collider, producers are also working on a Godzilla vs. Kong mash-up, which sounds delightfully ridiculous.
Here’s to 1,000 more Godzilla films!
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