DIRECTED BY: Jordan Vogt-Roberts (indie teen movie The Kings of Summer). British director Joe Cornish (Attack the Block, Ant-Man) was originally considered.
WRITTEN BY: Max Borenstein (Godzilla) wrote the first and final draft. John Gatins (Real Steel) did a second draft. Dan Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy) and Derek Connolly (Jurassic World) helped out.
- British actor Tom Hiddleston as British mercenary James Conrad
- Samuel L. Jackson as US Army Lt. Colonel Preston Packard. J. K. Simmons was originally cast but had to leave for scheduling reasons.
- John Goodman as Monarch official Bill Randa. Tom Wilkinson was originally considered.
- Brie Larson as photojournalist Mason Weaver.
- Chinese actress Jing Tian as Monarch biologist San Lin.
- British actor Toby Kebell as US Army Major Jack Chapman. He also helped with some of Kong's motion-capture work by providing facial references.
- John Ortiz as Landsat bureaucrat Victor Nieves
- Corey Hawkins as geologist Houston Brooks
- Jason Mitchell as helicopter pilot/warrant officer Glenn Mills.
- Shea Wigham as Captain Earl Cole
- Thomas Mann as warrant officer Reg Slivko.
- John C. Reilly as Hank Marlow. Michael Keaton was originally cast but left for scheduling reasons.
- Will Brittain as young Hank Marlow and as Hank's son.
STUDIO: Warner Brothers. Produced by Chinese studios Legendary Pictures and Tencent Pictures.
MY TAKE: I liked it. Recaptured the magic of the original monster movies, albeit with more violence and way better special effects. I'm curious to see how the Monsterverse turns out. Apparently the plan is to make at least two more movies (Godzilla sequel, Godzilla Vs. King Kong). With Rodan, Mothra and King Ghidorah popping up as well.
- Was a hit at the box office. Making almost half a billion dollars on a budget of $185 million.
- Filmed in Vietnam, Hawaii and Australia.