Director Gareth Edwards made quite the climb into the public eye in 2010, and he’s beginning 2011 off in epic fashion.
Edwards is know for making the indie alien invasion film, Monsters, which was produced with only a few people on the cast and crew, and with a tiny budget (though bigger than what was once said to be only around $15,000). The movie made the festival rounds and caught a lot of attention for its look and special effects on such a minuscule budget, and now Edwards is getting major attention from bigger studios.
It’s being reported that Edwards is set to lock up a deal with Legendary Pictures, the banner behind The Dark Knight, 300, and Inception, to direct their brand new re-imagining of classic movie beast, Godzilla. Legendary acquired the rights to the famed Japanese creature in 2010 and has since been putting things together with hopes of releasing their movie at some point in 2012. The hiring of Edwards is the first major ingredient, sure to be followed quickly with a writer and various castings.
The only other time that we’ve seen an American production of Godzilla was of course in 1998 with Roland Emmerich’s painful offering.
It should be really interesting to see how this plays out. To have a director who’s coming off an indie monster movie with a micro-budget jump into a major blockbuster production featuring one of the all-time greatest movie monsters ever created? That alone makes the entire project worth keeping an eye on.
You know Legendary along with Warner Brothers — who’s going halfsies on production and financing as part of their deal with the company that will also see them distributing — will be doing everything in their powers to avoid any association with Emmercich’s ’98 flop. That means this movie should have quite the unique look and feel for a Godzilla movie.
As things are so far, do you have any interest in a new Godzilla?
[Source: Heat Vision]