If you’re one of the lucky ones, hearing the term Godzilla will return memories of blissfully bad special effects, endearing English dubbing over frantic Japanese business men, and of course the giant beast who terrorized Japan. But for those of us who have seen Roland Emmerich’s 1998 Godzilla reboot, even 13 years later the term Godzilla reminds us that Matthew Broderick is not built for action, and that CG can look really bad even if it’s trying to look good, and there’s nothing blissful or endearing about that.
Enter Gareth Edwards, director of 2010 indie darling Monsters, who has been signed on to direct another Godzilla reboot since the beginning of the year. While many of us couldn't help but think, “yuck, another Godzilla movie,” Monsters was a cheap but very well put together film which should give people some confidence in the young director’s upcoming flick.
Edwards had a few choice things to say about the pressures of bringing the series back to form in an interview with Shock Til You Drop:
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.
Of course, being aware of what the film needs to be doesn’t always produce the best results, but as he continues he speaks about growing up with the films and what they mean to him, and that DOES produce the best results.
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.
That may not be much, and most of us are going to reserve judgment until we see the first bits of footage, but for now this at least means that the director is committed to the legacy and not just interested in making shit blow up real good. More on Godzilla as it comes to us.