Legendary Pictures

King of the Monsters Godzilla will be back for two more bouts of kaiju carnage, and according to Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull director Gareth Edwards will still direct.

A sequel to the British director's current box office champ, which grossed $200m in its first week, was announced as soon as the reboot's box office clout became apparent, but now Legendary plans extent to a trilogy.

Gareth Edwards' was believed to be back in charge of the sequel until it was announced that he would be helming a Star Wars spin-off for LucasFilm.

As Tull explains to ShockTillYouDrop however, Edwards is still very much a part of Godzilla's big screen plans.

"The plan has always been for Gareth to direct a different film before we started on another Godzilla, but who knew it would be a Star Wars instalment? We have a great plan in store for Godzilla fans and I am looking forward to seeing Gareth's imprint on the Star Wars universe."

With the Star Wars spin-off set for late 2016, a Godzilla sequel is unlikely to turn up until 2018 – demonstrating that Legendary are in possession of a quality rare among Hollywood studios – patience.

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that a third was also in the works with Edwards attached to direct. They also report that story ideas have been thrown around for Godzilla 2, but that no script yet exists.