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Exclusive: Gareth Edwards Talks Godzilla Reboot!

Doing the right thing this time around

Fledgling filmmaker Gareth Edwards has a behemoth task ahead of him. He’s rebooting Godzilla on American shores for Legendary Pictures. For some, Edwards and Big G are a natural fit given the former’s feature debut Monsters – a movie that is decidedly heavy on human drama and light on the “monsters.” Still when the tentacled beasties of that film rear their heads, there’s a delicious sense of spectacle that’s fighting for domination with the budget Edwards had to work with.

Many are curious to see what Edwards can do with Godzilla and the money that he’s allowed to play with on his sophomore effort.

“I’m a big fan,” Edwards tells Shock, palpably choosing his words wisely when it comes to talking about his latest endeavor. “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.”

He can’t talk about the scripting process (he did reveal he’s not writing the film), however, he recalls his introduction to the long-running franchise. “My earliest memories was channel 4, they showed them 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.”

Look for Godzilla in theaters in 2012. Monsters is on DVD and Blu-Ray this week!

Source: Ryan Turek, Managing Editor