Godzilla: King of Monsters hasn’t landed an official director or cast, but it looks like Legendary Pictures has secured a location as new production information could confirm previous reports that it will shoot in China.
China has seen a few major Hollywood productions take place there recently, such as Legendary’s The Great Wall (opening strong in China last weekend) and Pacific Rim: Uprising is also expected to shoot some scenes.
Disney’s Mulan will begin production in China as well around May/June (likely taking place at Pinewood Studios Beijing).
It’s not surprising the Godzilla sequel would make the move there as the first film made $77.6 million in China alone (opening at $36 million), the film’s largest foreign market gross.
This information would indeed further support plans revealed from The Hollywood Reporter that Legendary Pictures was looking to shoot the film at Wanda’s Qingdao Movie Metropolis facility in the port city of Qingdao.
Legendary/Universal’s Pacific Rim 2, the sequel to Guillermo Del Toro’s monster movie Pacific Rim, will be the first U.S. production to shoot at the Qingdao studio. Announced Monday, Legendary/Warner Bros.’ Godzilla 2, the follow-up to Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, also will shoot at the studio.
Screen Crush had recently reported that Krampus director and co-writer of King of Monsters Michael Dougherty would be taking over directing duties from Rogue One‘s Gareth Edwards (had been previously attached to return for the sequel).
A production start hasn’t been revealed, but having a release date of March 22nd, 2019 suggests production could likely take place between 2017 and early 2018.
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