Godzilla director Gareth Edwards just made a huge career move: He has signed on to direct a Star Wars spin-off film that is going to be due out in late-2016. The move prompted Thomas Tull of Legendary Pictures to issue a very nice statement:
“Gareth's filmmaking talent makes him one of his generation's most creative and visionary directors,” said Tull. “The plan has always been for Gareth to direct a different film before we started on another Godzilla, but who knew it would a Star Wars installment? We have a great plan in store for Godzilla fans and I am looking forward to seeing Gareth’s imprint on the Star Wars universe.”
So, let's dissect this, shall we? Tull said Edwards was always going to do another film before embarking on Godzilla 2. The director is going to be pretty tied up with Star Wars from now through 2016, so that means Godzilla 2 won't come up until well after then. I can't imagine he'd have the time to shoot anything for a summer 2017 bow. Are we now looking at 2018 for a Godzilla sequel? Perhaps.
THR added today that Edwards is on board for a Godzilla trilogy. By the time it plays out, I'll be in a retirement community.