Gareth Edwards quits Godzilla sequel
Gareth Edwards has departed the director's chair for the sequel to 2014 blockbuster Godzilla.
Edwards, who is currently putting the finishing touches to much-anticipated Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will now not return to take charge of the monster sequel when it enters production.
According to Deadline, Edwards has left to pursue a number of his own projects, all of which are much smaller in scale than the Japanese monster movie.
Edwards' departure comes after the news last week that the sequel to Godzilla and the monster face-off Godzilla Vs King Kong have both been delayed by producers Warner Brothers.
The follow-up to the 2014 monster movie had originally been due to hit cinemas in June of 2018, but it now won't hit screens until March 22nd of 2019.
Godzilla Vs King Kong will be released in 2020 and now has a confirmed release date of May 29th in that year. No reason has been given for either movie's delay.
The showdown with King Kong will be preceded by King Kong reboot Kong: Skull Island, which is to star Brie Larson and Tom Hiddleston and will be released in March of 2017.
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