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Gareth Edwards departs Godzilla sequel

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Story by Jack Foley

GARETH Edwards has departed the sequel to his monster hit Godzilla.

The British filmmaker, who was due to return for the sequel after he wrapped work on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, has decided against making the follow-up.

As yet, no reason has been stated for his departure but The Hollywood Reporter says two motives could be behind the decision: that Edwards wants to take a break from back-to-back big budget blockbusters, or that he felt rushed at having to meet the timeline being imposed by Warner Bros.

Godzilla 2 is viewed as a priority for the distributor, which is currently in the process of staking out a cinematic monster universe featuring creatures such as Godzilla and King Kong.

Hence, the sequel has a release date of March 22, 2019.

Edwards, who shot to prominence following his low budget hit Monsters, could well be in the mood to return to something smaller.

His Rogue One is due to open in cinemas in December 2016 and is among the most anticipated films of the year.

Warner Bros, meanwhile, are now searching for a new filmmaker to step into the breach.

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