Godzilla and Pacific Rim sequels get official new titles

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May 5, 2017, 11:24 AM EDT (Updated)

The follow-ups to two of the biggest monster movies in recent years just went through small but significant title changes.

According to Screencrush, the information came via a press release from Legendary Films, except that the new titles for both movies were not the subject of the release (it was an announcement of three new hires). But someone decided to casually stick 'em in there anyway.

In the case of the Pacific Rim sequel, the film formerly known as Pacific Rim: Maelstrom is now being called Pacific Rim: Uprising. Since we know very little about the plot, we can't say how the title change reflects the actual storyline, but it's a good guess that someone in the marketing department decided the word "uprising" was more compelling and understandable than "maelstrom."

Meanwhile, the  successor to 2014's Godzilla reboot has traded in the generic placeholder Godzilla 2 for the splashier Godzilla: King of Monsters. That lets us know that there will be monsters in the picture (Rodan? King Ghidorah?), and that the big green guy is probably going to open a serious can of whoop-ass on them as a warm-up for the title bout in 2020's Godzilla vs. King Kong.

Pacific Rim: Uprising is being directed by former Daredevil showrunner Steven S. DeKnight, taking over for Guillermo del Toro, and is in production now with John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Scott Eastwood (Suicide Squad) starring. It's due in theaters on February 23, 2018.

Godzilla: King of Monsters is still in the scripting stage, with Michael Dougherty (Krampus) handling that task and possibly directing the thing as well. Gareth Edwards directed the 2014 film but won't be back; he's got a little picture called Rogue One opening this weekend. Godzilla: King of Monsters arrives on March 22, 2019.