When it was announced last year that a new American Godzilla movie was in the works from Legendary Pictures, the news was initially met with much suspicion from fans, thanks in part to bad memories of Roland Emmerich’s 1998 abomination. Still, after the success of Cloverfield and a few other recent monster movies, there was hope that with the right creative team, they could potentially do something really cool with the franchise. A recent rumour that Guillermo del Toro might direct generated some excitement, unfortunately it turned out not to be true. Now it looks like they have settled on a slightly more inexperienced but still very promising choice instead: British director Gareth Edwards, the man behind the recent low budget sci-fi film Monsters.
According to Heat Vision, Edwards is currently finalizing a deal to direct the new Godzilla flick, which will give him a chance to show what he can do with a much bigger budget. Although Monsters was his first feature film, he has a background in visual effects and did all the creature designs himself. This is the second big break for Edwards as a result of his debut, who is also setting up an untitled sci-fi film with Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov.
I’m impressed that Legendary Pictures has decided to take a chance on some fresh talent instead of handing this project off to some other Hollywood jobber. Either way, you can bet I’ll now be paying a lot more attention to this project, which is still being aimed for a 2012 release date. What do you think, is Gareth Edwards an inspired choice to direct a Godzilla reboot?