Godzilla: King of the Monsters to feature classic themes from Godzilla and Mothra

Godzilla: King of the Monsters concept art

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is directed by Michael Dougherty, and he has been a fan of the kaiju since he was a little kid. The sequel to 2014’s Godzilla will feature all kinds of Easter eggs and homages from the original films, and that includes the classic themes for Godzilla and Mothra.

In an interview during the world premiere of Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Dougherty talks about how he had a list of things he wanted to incorporate into the film.

“Those were straight off my personal wishlist because, to me, I really wanted to find the essence of what made the old films so great and appealing,” Dougherty tells Nerd Reactor. “The music, certain visual cues, they’re all iconic elements of [Godzilla’s] DNA. I felt like if I didn’t have his theme or didn’t have Mothra’s theme, then it wouldn’t feel like a Godzilla film. It’s the same way that if you didn’t have Godzilla using his Atomic Breath, it would feel like, ‘Oh, we forgot something.'”

In addition to the homages, the director also wanted to bring new elements to the film.

“So yeah, I pretty much had a running list of things that I knew I always wanted to see in a Godzilla film,” he added. “Both elements that we have seen in his 65-year-plus legacy and things we’ve never seen in a Godzilla film that I always dreamt of seeing. Whether it’s the lost underwater city, Godzilla’s lair, a very particular touching moment between a character and Godzilla that we’ve never seen in any of his films. I was happy that there were still new elements to bring into his mythology.”

Synopsis: The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

The film is directed and written by Michael Dougherty (Krampus) with Zach Shields as the co-screenwriter. It stars Kyle Chandler (Super 8), Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring), Millie Bobby Brown (Netflix’s Stranger Things), Bradley Whiteford (Get Out), Sally Hawkins (The Shape of Water), Charles Dance (HBO’s Game of Thrones), Thomas Middleditch (HBO’s Silicon Valley), Aisha Hinds (Star Trek Into Darkness), O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton), David Strathairn (Godzilla), Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai, Batman Begins), and Ziyi Zhang (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon).

Godzilla: King of the Monsters stomps into theaters on May 31, 2019.

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