Briefly: Development has been relatively quiet on Legendary Pictures’ new Godzilla movie, announced last year and quickly confused with Pacific Rim, another giant monster movie the company is developing. But Godzilla hasn’t gone anywhere, and now the film has a new writer: David Goyer, who has worked on the Batman and Superman films from Legendary and Warner Bros. His script is what helped push forward the new Superman movie, Man of Steel.
Deadline says that David Goyer will rewrite David Callaham‘s script, adding only that the idea is to “approach the film and its characters in the most authentic manner possible.” In other words: this won’t be anything like the terrible 1998 Roland Emmerich movie. (Or so everyone hopes.) No word on whether any of the layer of allegory that added depth to some of the Japanese Godzilla films will be present. Hopefully Godzilla will be more than the world’s biggest terrorist. Gareth Edwards (Monsters) is set to direct the film.
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In the wake of Gareth Edwards‘ film Monsters becoming a tidy little art-house sleeper last year, a sequel isn’t exactly what we figured would happen, but I don’t think anyone would say the development of one is surprising. UK distributor Vertigo Films is now developing Monsters 2 (thought that could well not be the finale title) with pre-sales and financing going on at Cannes. There is little more than some theoretical ideas and a handful of good intentions to report, but we do know that Gareth Edwards is giving up the director’s chair to a duo: Brent Bonacorso and Jesse Atlas. Read More »
Monsters, the much-buzzed ultra low budget indie set in an alien-infested Mexico, was recently released on DVD and Blu-ray. It’s too early to tell if the film will generate a cult following to reach the heights of its critical admiration, but evidently not too early to decide if a follow-up should be pursued, as Vertigo Films already has one lined up. Seemingly undeterred by an insignificant domestic response when the film was tested in limited release, the studio might be looking to appease Monsters converts overseas, where the film performed much better.
One person who won’t be involved in the proceedings, however, is director Gareth Edwards, the man responsible for making Monsters a reality. Read what he had to say after the break. Read More »
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. Read More »
Legendary Pictures has finally found a director for their American Godzilla movie, British filmmaker Gareth Edwards who shot to fame in 2010 with his feature film debut Monsters. HeatVision reports that Edwards is closing on a deal to develop and direct the creature feature for the production company behind the Nolan-directed Batman films, 300, Superman Returns, Watchmen, Clash of the Titans, Sucker Punch and The Hangover. As with any film the produce, Warner Bros. will co-produce, co-finance and distribute the film.
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It’s that time of the year when there will be one film awards ceremony and/or critical poll after another, and we’ve got the results of three to kick off this week. The European Film Awards took place in Estonia over the weekend, and Roman Polanski‘s The Ghost Writer scored six awards, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor, the latter for Ewan McGregor.
Meanwhile, at the British Independent Film Awards, The King’s Speech took best picture, while Monsters director Gareth Edwards scored Best Director. And the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association honored The Social Network, Inception and The Fighter. All the lists are after the break. Read More »
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Magnolia Pictures/Magnet have presented us with an exclusive first look at four behind the scenes photos from Gareth Edwards’ low budget monster movie Monsters. Since screening the film at Cannes, we’ve been hyping the movie (read my mini review here). We called it Lost in Translation in a world infested by monsters. Check the photos out now after the jump.
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