Last month British director Gareth Edwards landed the job of rebooting Godzilla for Warner Bros. Edwards previously directed a small movie called Monsters which had a budget of less than $500,000, but went on to make over $1.5 million from various screenings and festivals and caught the attention of the studio.
Edwards today spoke for the first time about the movie, and while he couldn’t say a lot, what he did say was encouraging.
From Shock Till You Drop:
“I’m a big fan,” Edwards tells Shock, palpably choosing his words wisely when it comes to talking about his latest endeavor. “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.”
He can’t talk about the scripting process (he did reveal he’s not writing the film), however, he recalls his introduction to the long-running 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.”
This will be quite a leap for the director, going from less than $500,000 for his first movie to $150 million+ for a major 3D tentpole. Last year producer Brian Rogers said they intend to reboot Godzilla in a similar fashion Legendary Pictures rebooted the Batman franchise, and they are aiming for a 2012 release.