Godzilla had such an impressive opening back in May that before the film had even completed its first weekend in theaters, Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. had announced that a sequel was in the works. And today, they announced a release date for that sequel: June 8, 2018. That may seem like a long way off—even for an effects-heavy blockbuster that requires a lot of pre- and post-production. But one of the big reasons for the extra-long gestation period is that Legendary is bringing back director Gareth Edwards, who is currently working on one of the super-secret Star Wars spinoffs, due out in December of 2016. Edwards will have to make his way back from a galaxy far, far away before he can start thinking about what all the MUTOs have been up to lately.
The return of Edwards to the Godzilla franchise may dismay those who felt like the new movie had all the wrong things in common with Edwards’ previous film Monsters: too brooding, too deliberately paced, and too lacking in fully realized human characters. But for those who loved the look and tone of the new Godzilla—and who appreciate it when blockbuster series stay in the same creators’ hands from film to film—it’s good to know that Legendary and Warner Bros. are committed enough to Edwards’ vision to wait for him to be available. In the meantime, Jurassic World in 2015, Skull Island in 2016, and Pacific Rim 2 in 2017 should satisfy the audience’s appetite for king-sized monsters.