Gareth Edwards On Taking Over The GODZILLA Franchise
The director of Legendary Pictures' Godzilla reboot discusses getting the creature design and special effects right, as well as taking on such a well-known franchise, how emotionally involved he is with the production, and the fans' reaction to the footage shown at Comic-Con last summer.
Speaking with Total Film (via The Geek Files), Monsters director Gareth Edwards talks about working on Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures' much anticipated Godzilla reboot. He discusses taking on such a popular franchise, as well as how "emotionally involved" he is in working on the film, which is expected to be in 3D. "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."
Additionally, Edwards comments on the "fantastic" fan reaction to the teaser trailer shown at San Diego Comic-Con back in July and his being welcomed in Hollywood."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."
Just the other day, we heard that Iron Man 3 co-writer Drew Pearce was hired to polish the Godzilla script to "age up" the characters in order to better match them with the actors being targeted. The script was previously worked on by David Callaham (The Expendables), David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight Trilogy) and Max Borenstein (The Seventh Son). Casting is expected to begin in a few weeks.
Godzilla is set to hit theaters May 16th, 2014.
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