Warner Bros begin work on second film following box office success

A sequel to the new Godzilla movie is in development, it has been confirmed.

The movie, directed by Welshman Gareth Edwards and starring Bryan Cranston (above), made over $103m (£61m) on its opening weekend and landed at Number One in a number of international markets. Deadline reports that studio Warner Bros have already greenlit a second film.

Discussing a potential sequel in 2013, director Edwards told Screenrant that he would be inspired by 1968 movie, Destroy All Monsters: “With the exception of the 1954 original, I would say my second favorite film is Destroy All Monsters,” he said.

“I just love the idea of a monster island. Having a world with these creatures in it. I find that fascinating and would like to treat that realistically. I wouldn’t want to limit it to one other foe, I think it’s more fun to – this question will come back to haunt me if we ever do a sequel – but I think multiple creatures make better movies in terms of the image of Gojira.”

Godzilla features Kick Ass actor Aaron Johnson, Oscar winner Juliette Binoche and Elizabeth Olsen from Martha Marcy May Marlene. It hit UK cinemas on May 15.

Godzilla began as an Japanese film franchise that ran for 28 pictures between 1954 and 2004. The giant monster has also starred in comic books, novels, TV series and video games. Independence Day director Roland Emmerich helmed a previous Hollywood remake in 1998, but it was poorly received.