When Gareth Edwards released his low-budget sci-fi/romance picture Monsters in 2010, it made a lot of waves and gained the young director many fans in very short order. Star Scoot McNairy rode the film to roles in some great-looking projects (Argo, Killing Them Softly) and Edwards became the director of Legendary Pictures’ new take on Godzilla.
Talk of a sequel to Monsters also cropped up as the film was rolling into theaters, but we haven’t heard much about that development in a while. Now there’s a report that the project has a new director, and a new title: Monsters: The Dark Continent. Read More »
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When last we left development of the new, Legendary Pictures Godzilla, Monsters director Gareth Edwards was attached to direct and Max Borenstein was rewriting the script previously worked on by David Goyer and David Callaham. Edwards even stressed “Everyone involved knows what the film has to be.” This latest update confirms that.
A Japanese monster magazine called G-Fan has uncovered, what they claim, are two concept designs from the film that were reportedly rejected by Legendary Pictures. If these are the Godzilla designs they’re rejecting, things are looking up. Read More »
Briefly: In March 2010 Legendary Pictures announced that it would make a new Godzilla film. All the wrongs done by Roland Emmerich’s 1998 film would be made right, and we would get a sci-fi creature feature that stands up to the best films in the long-running character’s history. That was the idea, at least, but in almost two years since that deal was announced we still know almost nothing about what Legendary is doing with Godzilla.
We know that Gareth Edwards, director of Monsters, is in the director’s chair. We’ve heard that there will be other monsters in the film. David Callaham drafted a script, and last time we had any reliable word it was that David Goyer was writing a new draft. That was in July of this year.
Now there is a new writer: Max Borenstein, who wrote Art of the Steal, a draft of The Seventh Son and did some work on Legendary’s Jimi Hendrix movie. None of which tells us anything at all about what he’s likely to do with Godzilla, but that’s all THR has to offer.
British director Gareth Edwards burst onto the scene with the low budget science fiction film Monsters, catching the eye of everyone in Hollywood. He landed the job to direct a new Godzilla movie for Legendary Pictures, which is being rewritten by Superman/Batman scribe David Goyer. A Monsters sequel is being developed, which Edwards won’t direct. He’s also developing a top secret science fiction film with Russian director turned producer Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, The Darkest Hour, Night Watch). Not much has been revealed about this project, until now. Details after the jump.
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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.
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 »
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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 »