Gareth Edwards is no longer directing the Godzilla sequel

The Godzilla and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director is stepping down

Gareth Edwards has stepped down from directing duties on the Godzilla sequel, Godzilla 2.

Edwards directed the 2014 reboot but has said he wants to concentrate on smaller projects after his stint directing the upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

According to Deadline, a search for a new Godzilla 2 director is already underway at production company Legendary Pictures.

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Legendary recently gave Godzilla 2 a March 22, 2019 release date, delaying it nearly a year from its original June 8, 2018.

Despite the push-back and director shake-up, Legendary remains committed to the franchise as it’s also scheduled a massive monster movie showdown for May 29, 2020 in Godzilla vs King Kong. Godzilla 2 is also set to feature the return of three classic movie monsters – Rodan, Mothra and Ghidorah.

Speaking before he embarked on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Edwards spoke to film students at the Beijing Film Academy (via The Hollywood Reporter), where he was giving a talk prior to the Chinese premiere of his movie Godzilla. Edwards said: “If I was in the audience at film school, looking at me now, I would hate me. I never could have predicted it this way.”

“I am very, very lucky, living in a dream job at the moment. I’m not allowed to talk about it, it’s all very secretive, but it’s a dream come true. Star Wars is the reason I got into filmmaking, so to be given this opportunity is like a dream,” he said. Adding: “Now the pressure is on.”

The smaller projects Edwards will be focusing on are not yet known.