Director Gareth Edwards has promised that Hollywood’s new Godzilla movie will be “grounded” and “realistic”.
Godzilla is best known as a Japanese film franchise that ran for 28 pictures between 1954 and 2004. Independence Day director Roland Emmerich helmed a previous Hollywood remake in 1998, but his version was poorly received.
The new Godzilla movie from Warner Bros Pictures is scheduled for release on May 16, 2014. The reboot is being led by British filmmaker Edwards, who made his name with 2010’s Monsters, a sci-fi movie he shot for just $500,000 (£308,000).
Discussing what attracted him to this high-profile project, Edwards told Total Film: “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.”
Edwards also insisted he has taken time to ensure that his Godzilla monster looks right. He explained: “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.”
Earlier this month (October 2012), it was reported that British screenwriter Drew Pearce had been hired to rewrite the new Godzilla movie. The original script came from The Expendables co-writer David Callahan, with a subsequent draft provided by Max Borenstein and Batman‘s David S Goyer.