Sequels getting the green light before the original film even hits theaters is becoming more and more common these days. However, new the Godzilla movie is one film that I wouldn’t mind having a sequel in the works before the fire breathing beast graces us with his prescene in 2014. If director Gareth Edwards has anything to say about it there will be another Godzilla film.
Edwards believes that his approach to the material will strike a better balance for fans and casual moviegoers alike – relying heavily on the classic films that made Godzilla an international brand while also ensuring that the film doesn’t lean entirely on giant monster versus monster CGI spectacle. This should resonnate with fans and at the box office – which could further fuel a sequel.
Even though the film has an all-star cast that includes Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor Johnson, most fans want to see Godzilla in all his glory. More gritty, authentic and destructive. Gone of the days of cartoon GCI. This beast is ready to wreak havoc on all that crosses his path.
“I think the trick is not to think of the special effects or anything – and just think that this is really happening and there are giant monsters. Ask, ‘What would be the best story to tell that always involves humans?’ I don’t separate the two in my mind. You just picture the movie. What was so refreshing was that we would shoot scenes that sometimes had the creature in it and sometimes didn’t, but we would desperately try to make it work from an emotional point of view. Then, in the evenings, I would go to review things with the effects companies who are starting to put the visual effects in, and you’re like, ‘I completely forgot there’s a whole other layer to this!’ We have been painstakingly worrying about the characters and their journey and on top of that is this spectacle embedded in the whole film – and it makes you feel really good.”
Edwards went on to say, “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.”
If Godzilla is successful, and Edwards returns to direct, which other Godzilla characters would you like to see reinvented on the big screen?