Aliens is coming back to theatres and the director of the original, which is set to be released on December 16, is hopeful that it will become the next big hit in the genre.

    Tom Cruise is no stranger to the big screen, having directed both the original and the reboot of the franchise, both of which grossed more than $3.5 billion worldwide.

    Cruise is also the producer and co-writer on the upcoming reboot of The Conjuring 2. 

    “Godzilla is a film that I am very much looking forward to and excited to be a part of,” Cruise said in a statement.

    “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to direct a film I have always admired and to bring the iconic creature from the original Godzilla to the new generation of fans.”

    The original movie is set in 2019, during the height of the Second World War, and features a new cast of characters including Tom Cruise, Amy Adams, John Cusack, and Samuel L. Jackson.

    The movie has already received an Oscar nomination, and is set for a 2017 release.

    In an interview with Variety, the filmmaker said he was thrilled that the franchise would be coming back.

    “We love this genre, but we know that it’s not going to be the only thing that we do,” Cruise told the outlet.

    “There’s always going to come a time where we have to take a step back and say, ‘Why am I doing this?’

    I feel like I’m doing the right thing.”

    He also said that the new Godzilla movie is going to take place in the world of the first film.

    “This movie is based on a real event that happened in the ’20s, when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, and that’s where the story is going,” Cruise added.

    “We’re trying to get into the history of this time period, and we’re also trying to tell the story of the city of Tokyo at that time.”

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