The recent release of Godzilla Minus One saw massive success with the kaiju franchise, inspiring some fans to prematurely declare that the film is better than the upcoming Warner Bros produced effort, Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire. Now, according to Dexerto, the filmmaker behind Godzilla Minus One, Takashi Yamazaki, has expressed interest in continuing the reimagined story of the original 1954 monster film.
The film, which serves as the 33rd entry into the Godzilla franchise, has made a critical and financial splash in both domestic and foreign markets, making a sequel a no-brainer.
Godzilla Minus One Is Already A Blockbuster Hit
Godzilla Minus One currently enjoys a staggering 97 percent certified fresh critical score on the review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes. It is on track to take in more than $70 million worldwide against an estimated production budget of only $15 million.
With these figures blessing the acclaimed outing, it’s no wonder why Takashi Yamazaki would want to continue the story. Some have taken to social media to declare the film as the greatest Godzilla outing ever committed to the screen, rivaling previous fan favorites such as 2014’s Godzilla, 1968’s Destroy All Monsters, and 2016’s Shin Godzilla.
What Sets Godzilla Minus One Apart
One of the major elements separating Godzilla Minus One from other outings of the eponymous creature feature is the refreshing and intriguing human element present within the film. Many other Godzilla films seem content to stick a few lackluster screaming parents into the mix with a run-of-the-mill tale about their failed relationship.
However, Minus One has gone above and beyond to give its human characters genuine arcs and interesting storylines as more than a backdrop for monster wreckage. During the film’s Japanese premiere, Yamazaki expressed interest in helming a potential sequel, explaining to a crowd at a Q&A event that he always dreamed of making a Godzilla film, but couldn’t have imagined the outpouring of success the film has received.
A Sequel Could Introduce More Monsters
Those who have seen the film are well aware that the closing moments of Godzilla Minus One provides plenty of space for a sequel, with the titular lizard seemingly regenerating with the intent to terrorize Tokyo once more. Of course, a Godzilla Minus Two, as it were, could also serve as an opportunity to introduce some of the mythical monster’s classic rogues gallery.
MechaGodzilla, Ghidorah, Mothra, and others have all appeared in recent American adaptations of the monster, though it has been some time since audiences have seen Godzilla taking on Hedorah, Varan, SpaceGodzilla, or Gorosaurus.
The Studio Has Yet To Greenlight The Sequel
While Japan’s Toho Studios have not yet confirmed an additional outing in the Godzilla Minus One timeline, the studio will surely agree to bring Yamazaki back for another film if he can pitch them a compelling plot. After all, the film’s status as a critical and financial success seem to suggest a guaranteed hit for any possible sequel the studio agrees to produce.
The Director Has His Eyes Set On Star Wars
For the time being, it seems as though the only thing that could put a damper on a Godzilla Minus One sequel would be Takashi Yamazaki’s own aspirations as a Star Wars filmmaker. The Godzilla Minus One director has expressed on multiple occasions a desire to join the ranks of Star Wars directors, though no deals have been made with Lucasfilm just yet.