Godzilla follow-up filming in Atlanta
A follow-up to Gareth Edwards’ 2014 hit Godzilla has started principal photography and will film mostly in Atlanta.
The new movie is being directed by Michael Dougherty and pits Godzilla against a collection of classic monsters, while a team of humans struggles to save the world from carnage.
Georgia’s generous filming incentive support and studio infrastructure has helped turn Atlanta into a major US production hub. A majority of US movies released theatrically in 2016 were shot in the state.
The Atlanta location marks a shift from Edwards’ film, which used Vancouver as a production base and built large sections of the Golden Gate Bridge on sound stages that doubled for San Francisco.
Production on Godzilla signals the next step in a planned ‘MonsterVerse’ series of movies from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures.
Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ Kong: Skull Island was released earlier this year and sees King Kong fighting off a unit of American soldiers at the tail-end of the Vietnam War in the 1970s.
The film became the biggest movie ever to shoot on location in Vietnam, shining a spotlight on South-East Asia’s production potential.
Godzilla was previously made into a Hollywood production by Roland Emmerich in 1998, but at the time the movie failed to inspire a franchise.
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