Gareth Edwards Talks ‘Godzilla’

We reported on the ‘aging up’ of certain characters in the 2014 remake of GODZILLA earlier this week. Now Gareth Edwards, speaking to Total Film, has given his thoughts on bringing GODZILLA back and also what it’s like working for a major studio after his small indie flick MONSTERS (2010):

I’ve never worked this hard, this long and been this emotionally involved in something that’s lasted only a few seconds since the time I lost my virginity! But the reaction has been amazing and I can’t wait for the fans to see our final product. I’ve always been interested in Godzilla and the ideas around him. I really wanted to see another Godzilla film and jumped at the opportunity. My main idea was to imagine ‘If this really happened, what would it be like?’ I want to take a grounded, realistic approach to a Godzilla film. Everyone warns you about working for Hollywood and how you can get treated in a certain way but my experience has been the polar opposite. Thomas Tull (founder of Legendary) has been very supportive.

This all sounds very promising, but at the same time I hope he doesn’t completely disregard what has come before. I’ll give a pass on the CG GODZILLA because I suppose we sort of have to expect that. Plus this may rejuvenate the Japanese series too. The first GODZILLA (1954) was very much grounded in reality, and a lot of the reboots, including GODZILLA 1985 (1985) take part after that first film but ignore subsequent sequels.

The original film was a great metaphor for nuclear war and the dangers it carried. I hope this new GODZILLA will work as a parable for past sins returning to haunt those responsible, with GODZILLA coming to America. But if they want to shove in Rodan, Mothra, and King Ghidorah then I’ll be more than happy. I wonder which studio is going to pick up a GAMERA reboot.

GODZILLA will be released on 16th May 2014.

Source: The Geek Files

Luke likes many things, films and penguins being among them. He's loved films since the age of 9, when STARGATE and BATMAN FOREVER changed the landscape of modern cinema as we know it. His love of film extends to all aspects of his life, with trips abroad being planned around film locations and only buying products featured in Will Smith movies. His favourite films include SEVEN SAMURAI, PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC, IN BRUGES, LONE STAR, GODZILLA, and a thousand others.

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