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Gareth Edwards Talks About His “Realistic” ‘Godzilla’

Gareth Edwards Talks Godzilla
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Many who were in Hall H at the time claim that the ‘Godzilla‘ panel won Comic Con. They say this even though a script hadn’t been finished and cameras hadn’t started rolling. They say this based entirely on a brief made-for-the-con teaser that painted a picture of what director Gareth Edwards’ take on the infamous kaiju would look like. Today, we learned a little more about Edwards’ vision (and what it’s like to work on a project this big).

Edwards’ description of the tone he’s shooting for sounds like it matches what was shown at Comic Con:

“I’ve always been interested in Godzilla and the ideas around him. I really wanted to see another Godzilla film and jumped at the opportunity. My main idea was to imagine ‘If this really happened, what would it be like?’ I want to take a grounded, realistic approach to a Godzilla film.”

Although the ‘Godzilla’ films have gotten increasingly silly over the decades, Edwards’ vision actually sounds incredibly similar to that of the original 1954 Japanese film, which was a deadly serious meditation on the ramifications of the atom bomb (that just so happened to feature a giant lizard). As for himself, he sounds pretty, er…excited:

“I’ve never worked this hard, this long and been this emotionally involved in something that’s lasted only a few seconds since the time I lost my virginity! But the reaction has been amazing and I can’t wait for the fans to see our final product.”

At this time, writer Drew Pearce (who also wrote ‘Iron Man 3′) is putting the finishing touches on the script, which include “aging up” the lead characters so they can pursue their desired actors. Hmm…a thoughtful, serious ‘Godzilla’ movie starring adults and twenty year olds? Sign us up.

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