Posted on Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 by Germain Lussier
Gareth Edwards‘ first monster movie, Monsters, hit Blu-ray this week and while promoting the release, the conversation obviously veered toward his plans for Legendary Pictures’ reboot of Godzilla, which he’s set to direct. Edwards obviously can’t say much in the way of specifics, but assures fans that the franchise will be handled with respect. Read his quotes after the jump.
Edwards spoke to Shock Till You Drop about the project and chose his words very carefully. After all, he’s working for one of the most secretive production companies in town, Legendary, which handles most of the DC projects for Warner Brothers (The Dark Knight Rises, Superman, etc.)
I guess I will say I’m highly aware – and everyone involved is incredibly aware – of everyone’s opinions on what this film has to do and what it has to be. And no one will do anything but the right thing. Without addressing anything specific, everyone knows how important is to get it right.
Shock got Edwards to confirm that he’s not writing the project (though he wouldn’t say who was) and then asked about his relationship to the whole Godzilla franchise.
My earliest memories was channel 4, they showed them every Friday night. As a kid I wasn’t quite sure about the dubbing, the English-dubbed versions. They threw me for a bit. I love science fiction and, well I call them B movies but they’re not, but I love ’60s and ’70s sci-fi. But these would come on and be dubbed and it would take my kid brain to adjust to the dubbing. It took me some time to get through that.
Edwards also talked to the London Evening Standard and echoed many of those sentiments.
Everyone involved knows what the film has to be, what’s important to me is that, as well as spectacle, you have to give a shit about what’s happening and why.
Armed with a teeny tiny budget for Monsters, Edwards was still able to give that film a fairly grand scope. I’m sure I’m not the only one who is confident he’ll do the same with a much bigger budget on Godzilla. Then again, Roland Emmerich’s Godzilla was pretty epic and we all know what that film was like.
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