'Rogue One' Director Gareth Edwards Exits 'Godzilla 2'

Reasons for the departure remain hazy.
Gareth Edwards

Director Gareth Edwards has parted ways with Godzilla 2.

Edwards, who directed Legendary and Warner Bros.’ 2014 monster movie Godzilla, was slated to return for the sequel after he wrapped work on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is set to open in December.

But the filmmaker, who broke through with the low-budget 2010 movie Monsters, has exited the project. Godzilla 2 is a priority for Warners, which is staking out a cinematic monster universe featuring creatures such as Godzilla and King Kong. The follow-up has a March 22, 2019, release date.

Reasons for Edwards' departure remain hazy. Some say Edwards wants a break from back-to-back big-budget tentpoles, while other sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that the filmmaker was feeling rushed to meet a timeline.

Legendary and Warner Bros. are now on the hunt for a new director.

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