Sources: London Evening Standard / Shock Til You Drop
In a recent article I posed the question whether "Godzilla 3D" director Gareth Edwards was the right man to take on "The King of the Monsters" due to the fact that he had only one major film under his belt? I also pondered on whether or not the film maker was a Godzilla fan and if he knew the source material from the monsters 50-plus year movie career?
In a group of online interviews Edwards was asked about these very subjects and I want to let his own words speak for themselves:
Here is an excerpt from an interview with Edwards from the London Evening Standard
And then there'll be that attempt to reboot the Godzilla franchise after the disastrous 1998 offering.
"I am attached and we are just starting the process," he says.
Will his Godzilla be battling Mothra or another monster, as rumoured?
"Everyone involved knows what the film has to be," he says judiciously.
"What's important to me is that, as well as spectacle, you have to give a shit about what's happening and why."
Godzilla, like the Bekmambetov project, will have a big budget.
So what about the digital revolution? Edwards is sceptical about its imminence.
True, he says, anyone can pick up a camera and make a film tomorrow, and computers are gradually picking up speed to match the sophistication of the CGI software around.
But Avatar remains the most expensive and the most successful film ever, and therefore the paradigm for the movie business.
"But the gap between the $100 million movie and the hundred-grand movie is getting smaller," he concedes.
"What we need is a hundred-grand movie that looks like a $100 million movie and makes the kind of money that a $100 million movie makes. When that happens there will be a lot of head-scratching. Obviously Monsters isn't in that category. But I think it probably will come."
Edwards also had this to say to a writer for the Shock Til You Drop Website:
"I'm a big fan, 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."
"My earliest memories was channel 4, they showed them (Godzilla movies) 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."
Edwards also revealed to Shock that he will not be writing the script for "Godzilla 3D" as many people, including myself had speculated.
Okay, so Edwards is a fan of the Godzilla movie franchise and he seems to well aware of what all of us fans have been saying about what we expect from this film. That, at least on the outset, is very encouraging news. Now lets see how all of that translates into a movie.