Mere days after Warner Bros. shuffled the release of "Godzilla 2" from June 2018 to March 2019, word surfaces that director Gareth Edwards has left the Legendary Pictures sequel.
According to Deadline, Edwards, Legendary and Warner Bros. parted on amicable terms; his departure was reportedly agreed upon before the new date was announced for the sequel.
The news arrives as Edwards continues work on "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," set for release Dec. 16, and Legendary prepares for the premiere of "Kong: Skull Island" in March. Deadline suggests that Edwards may prefer to focus on a smaller project after "Rogue One," rather than leap from one big-budget blockbuster to another.
Legendary and Warner Bros. also have another giant-monster movie on the horizon: "Godzilla vs. Kong," now set for release May 29, 2020.