Gareth Edwards Talks About Taking the New 'Godzilla' Very Seriously

April 17, 2014
Source: Warner Bros. UK


We have less than a month before Gareth Edwards' new monstrous version of Godzilla begins stomping around the world again, and just from the most recent trailer alone, it's clear that this isn't your father's Godzilla. Of course, while the classic monster movie is considered a B-movie, a new featurette has the director talking about how the film was meant to be taken seriously, and certainly in the time it was produced, he's right. And its that inspiration that drew Edwards to remaking Godzilla and not making it campy. He takes sci-fi seriously and wanted this new take on the King of Monsters to have weight. Watch!

Here's the new featurette with director Gareth Edwards talking about Godzilla from Warner Bros. UK:

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, Ken Watanabe and Juliette Binoche. An epic rebirth to Toho's iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence. Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures are sending Godzilla stomping into theaters May 16th this summer. Viral site: MUTOresearch.net.

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This playa don't play!

DAVIDPD on Apr 17, 2014


playa play for me!

Evan Rausch on Apr 17, 2014


Yep I'm pumped! Although I need to see some atomic breath for fuck sake already! Lol

SkyNet300 on Apr 17, 2014


This is exactly what i wanted to hear. Just please fullfil all those promises and it will be AWESOME!

Butchy Butch on Apr 17, 2014


I know he doesn't say it himself but when he talks about taking sci-fi seriously, I automatically think of Roland Emmerich. Don't get me wrong I enjoy Emmerich's stuff but the next sci-fi movie he takes seriously will be the first. Not just because of his goofy Godzilla version but 2012, The Day After Tomorrow, Stargate etc.

LightningB on Apr 17, 2014


Hmmm...true. I don't dislike Emmerich myself--I actually find that I do like some of his films (STARGATE, for instance) but the only "serious" film I can think of that he did was THE PATRIOT (haven't seen ANONYMOUS). "Serious SF" is not something I link to Emmerich. That said, Emmerich has been very supportive of Edwards' GODZILLA, and Edwards, for his part, has said that he likes Emmerich's films. Maybe he's being diplomatic about it, but that's fine with me.

Scopedog on Apr 18, 2014


The original film is a parable for Hiroshima. It's definitely a horror science fiction film and even though the effects are dated I find very little campy about it.

Linkfx on Apr 18, 2014


Agreed. It also focuses on the human characters, and it's told in a serious, no bulls**t manner.

Scopedog on Apr 18, 2014


Indeed. A serious tone is the way to go. No one wants to see the cast making cheesy jokes or acting as if conquering Godzilla will be an easy task like the cheesy dialogue in Pacific Rim. I wish the producers behind the comic book movies would have that same mindset Gareth Edwards has towards Godzilla.

Rock n Rollllll on Apr 18, 2014


I just watched the Emmerich Godzilla with my young kids- they picked it out and I thought 'what the hell, it's harmless' Now I HATED that movie back in 1998 and hadn't seen it since. You know what- it has aged really well! The kids loved it and sure it was dumb, but no where near as terrible as I remember it being.

Bris Ben on Apr 19, 2014

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