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There are frequently highs and lows in Hollywood when you’re trying to get a project made and that seems to be the case for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ ‘Godzilla 2.’ After learning that the release date had been pushed to 2019 last week, the follow up to the 2014 monster movie is now experiencing yet another low that may set them back a little bit: The production has just lost its director.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Gareth Edwards has opted to part ways with the King of the Monsters’ latest feature film, which is meant to usher in a shared cinematic universe with classic monsters such as King Kong and other deadly kaiju. He was scheduled to return for the sequel following his commitments to ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’, but it appears that the filmmaker needs a break from back to back big budget blockbusters in favor of smaller, more intimate projects. However, THR sources are indicating that he was actually “feeling rushed to meet a timeline”. 

Edwards first appeared on the radar with the spectacular low-budget film ‘Monsters’. Following his work on that and the rebooted ‘Godzilla’ starring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Elizabeth Olsen, he got the attention of Lucasfilm and Disney to take on one of their highly anticipated ‘Star Wars’ spinoff tales. Now as the search begins for a new director for ‘Godzilla 2’, we look forward to whatever it is Edwards decides to do next.

Are you disappointed that Gareth Edwards has departed ‘Godzilla 2’? Who do you think would be a suitable replacement? And what do you think Edwards will work on instead? Share your thoughts and theories in the comments below.

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