Gareth Edwards Teases 'Destroy All Monsters' for the 'Godzilla' Sequel
Bring on the Monsters! One filmmaker we're happy to hear more from via Comic-Con is Godzilla director Gareth Edwards, who came in to tease some kick ass footage from his new take on the monster movie. We live blogged the footage during the Warner Bros panel, but also Edwards spoke to press after and dropped in some big teases/hints as to what we're in for. In one discussion via ScreenRant, Edwards actually mentioned a Godzilla classic - Destroy All Monsters from 1968 where the big lizard fought just about everyone in a monster army. "I think multiple creatures make better movies in terms of the image of Gojira," he says.
Edwards at first spoke about the movie he's just wrapping shooting, and talks about the original design of the new Godzilla monster. "In a way we approached it was, imagine in 1954 (when the first Godzilla movie was made), that this creature really existed and someone saw him from Toho, the Japanese studio, and went running back to the studio and said, ‘I’ve seen this creature and it kind of looked like this.’ And they tried to draw it and they tried to make a suit and they did a very good job of it but then, when you saw the real creature, you go 'Okay, I totally understand how you got that suit from that creature but now I see the real thing. Oh my God, I totally believe that it’s completely real.' And that’s how we approached it." Make sense?
He says they "went through hundreds of designs, and never stopped playing really until the last minute and got to the point where it was like, ‘Is there anything else that we want to change about this design’? And I was like, personally no, I’m very happy with it. And Toho was very much a part of the approval process." Here's the original Gojira 1954 poster compared to the new Godzilla teaser poster from Comic-Con 2013:
So what about Destroy All Monsters? Well, the mention comes in an answer that Edwards gives when asked about where he could go and what he could do in a sequel, once they get this re-origin movie out of the way. We already know there's multiple monsters in the upcoming Godzilla for 2014 - we saw one in the footage at Comic-Con, and the synopsis hinted at a few others, but the more the merrier. Edwards gives this answer:
"With the exception of the 1954 original, I would say my second favorite film is Destroy All Monsters. I just love the idea of a monster island. Having a world with these creatures in it. I find that fascinating and would like to treat that realistically. I wouldn’t want to limit it to one other foe, I think it’s more fun to – this question will come back to haunt me if we ever do a sequel – but I think multiple creatures make better movies in terms of the image of Gojira."
While it sounds like that's a long ways away, at least there's hope for a big monster army movie if next year's Godzilla does well. Monster mania, right?! Don't forget, though, aside from all the monsters there's still some humanity and emotion in the movie. When asked by ShockTillYouDrop what Frank Darabont (who revised the script) brought to the movie, Edwards explained: "The most moving scene in the movie is something Frank wrote that Bryan [Cranston] and Juliette [Binoche] would tell you that particular moment made them want to come on board. When you read it, you're like, Oh my God, and when we shot it, there were people welling up. Frank brought a lot of heart to it and soul." Hopefully they'll show that in trailers.
While this is all still hype at the moment, I'm very excited for the new Godzilla and I'm confident in Gareth Edwards and what he's pulling off, especially after seeing the footage. Read the full quotes from ScreenRant and stay tuned for more Godzilla updates/footage following Comic-Con and the epic Godzilla Encounter.
Godzilla, being directed by Gareth Edwards (of Monsters), comes from a screenplay written by Drew Pearce, Max Borenstein and Frank Darabont. The cast is lead by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, with Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, David Strathairn and Juliette Binoche. An epic rebirth to Toho's iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world's most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures will send Godzilla stomping into theaters on May 16th, 2014 next summer. Teaser coming soon.