Godzilla managed to perform strongly at the box office and did generally well critically, so the question of a sequel was more "if" than "when." Yesterday, Legendary Pictures gave us the "when." June 8, 2018.

It's a long way off, and studios normally like to crank these things out before audiences catch on to the next big thing and leave giant lizard movies in the dust. So why the long lead time?

Because director Gareth Edwards has to go make the second Star Wars film first. And those are fairly high-profile films, so maybe they don't want to rush him? As big as Godzilla was, it's a drop in the bucket compared to the money that Star Wars can bring in across various platforms.

So it all comes down to money. Remember when Star Wars and Godzilla films were about the art? I don't, but I assume they may have been at one point.