'Godzilla' Sequel to Hit Theaters Summer 2018

Godzilla in San Francisco 2 - H 2014
Warner Bros. Pictures

Godzilla in San Francisco 2 - H 2014

Gareth Edwards is returning to direct the follow-up

Godzilla 2 will stomp into theaters on June 8, 2018, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures announced on Thursday.

This summer, Godzilla amassed a solid $507.7 million at the global box office, successfully launching a franchise based around the iconic monster.

Gareth Edwards is returning to direct the sequel, which won't hit theaters until 2018 because he is first directing a Star Wars spinoff for Disney and Lucasfilm. Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli) is writing the script for the movie, which is set to hit theaters Dec. 16, 2016.

The Star Wars project and Godzilla mark an amazing career trajectory for Edwards, who went from making a small creature feature for $500,000, 2010’s Monsters, to getting the assignment to take on Godzilla.

Godzilla is a passion project for Thomas Tull's Legendary, which was previously set up at Warner Bros. Although Legendary now has a distribution and production deal with Universal, it will continue to partner with Warners on the Godzilla franchise.

Released in May, Godzilla grossed $200.5 million in North America and $307.3 million internationally.