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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Gareth Edwards to Direct Godzila 2 and 3



With his smash hit Godzilla by Legendary Pictures, soft spoken, and virtually unknown director Gareth Edwards has been thrust into the limelight and the big times. His only film prior to Godzilla was Monsters, a low budget, independent sci-fi movie about alien invaders which won rave reviews and turned heads in Hollywood.

Now Edwards talent for making monster movies has been proven at the box office. Godzilla has already made over $112 million domestically and nearly double that overseas.

As recently reported on Godzilla Movies, Legendary Pictures has confirmed Edwards is set to direct Godzilla 2 and 3, as well as the Star Wars spin off movies. They already have story ideas for Godzilla 2, but it's still early in development and they don't even have a script yet.

The web is all a buzz as to what kind of story or monsters will be in the sequel. In an article on KDrama Stars via JapNation AniManga, it was reported that in selected Asian countries and not in the US, there was a post credits scene to Godzilla. It showed an army of flying Muto being led by Mothra who creates hurricane force winds with her wings.

Also, in a Cinema Blend interview, Godzilla star Aaron Taylor-Johnson suggested Mothra as a possible sequel monster. There was also apparently an Easter egg scene in Godzilla where the Fords return to their abandoned home and there was a long dead moth inside an old terrarium.

Mothra is one of Godzilla's greatest adversaries. She's the complete opposite of Godzilla, beautiful, graceful, and benevolent; a guardian goddess. Will the Mothra appear in Godzilla 2? I personally doubt the rumors. Although beloved by fans, I think it would be difficult to make Mothra a believable monster to modern American audiences. She's a giant moth for goodness sake. The name itself is a play on words. Also, Mothra is too similar physically to the flying Muto.

But there's a deeper reason. Mothra is a benevolent monster-goddess defending mankind. She first battled Godzilla at a time when he was clearly the villain. But Gareth Edwards's Godzilla comes out as the hero, saving us from the 'evil' Muto. To keep Mothra's character intact, you'd need to do a role-reversal for Godzilla. Or, heaven forbid, make Mothra bad.

No, I think we're more likely to see another of Godzilla's foes resurrected. Probably a space monster, King Ghidorah I hope. The genetically morphing Gryphon monster would be great too. That unmade monster was dropped from an earlier script of the Tri-Star Godzilla movie. Only time will tell who Godzilla will fight next, but one thing is certain, the King of the Monsters will return.

The Lighter Side of Godzilla 2014

Here are a few hilarious images that poke a little fun at the serious King of the Monsters.

First, imagine Godzilla as a family orientated, romantic comedy that helps bring the human characters together. "Godzilla: He's big, He's green. He's lovable."


Godzilla doesn't like any kaiju hanky panky. (Personally, I think He's just jealous.)




This one is very telling. It shows Godzilla 2014 flying backwards in pursuit of the Mutos in the same style as Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster. Actually, the director of Smog Monster in 1971 was Yoshimitsu Banno. This silly scene enraged Godzilla producer Tomoyuki Tanaka so much, he banned Banno from ever working on a Godzilla film again. However, it was Banno who was instrumental in bringing the Godzilla 2014 project to America and was executive producer. I guess Banno got the last laugh. Still, I'm happy this scene never appeared in the film.



Just goes to sow Wall Street doesn't know diddly about Godzilla!




Feral Godzilla 2014 Movie Still


Here's an awesome shot from Godzilla 2014. Godzilla turns to face his opponent with eyes flashing red with feral rage. A nightmarish image of brutal force.





More great Godzilla Fan Art

Here's a selection of some powerful Godzilla fan art. I'd love to see these visions come true.





Awesome Godzilla 2014 Movie Photos

Here are a couple of great shots from Godzilla. The first is Godzilla roaring at night.




The second is a subdued, grey shot of Godzilla's dorsal spines in the ocean. I really like this second one. It reminds me of lines from another great monster movie, "Moby Dick",

"One day ye smell land where there be no land...

bits and pieces of all the oceans he ever swam in...an island onto himself."

Godzilla: the forbidden island.


Gareth Edwards' 'Godzilla' Brings Back Suspense to Summer Movies



This great article at Moviepilot by Sean Huchinson really hits the nail on the head. He goes against nit picking critics and tells us how Gareth Edwards and Godzilla have brought back a kind of storytelling that in this modern age of instant gratification, Hollywood has forgotten about; teasing an audience. This kind of movie was made popular by the bearded one himself, Steven Spielberg in monster movies like Jaws or Jurassic Park, where the big monster shots don't come until the movie is more than halfway over.

These days, the Michael Bays of the world throw up as many special effects on the screen as possible, and the story takes a back seat to the action. This environment has made audiences impatient for the next fix.

People complained that the new Godzilla had too little screen time, but they didn't understand Edwards was teasing us and creating suspense. Hollywood would do well to follow Edwards example and audiences shoul learn to be teased again. It'l make for much more interesting films.


Cool Godzilla Attacks Fan Art

Here's a pretty cool Godzilla fan art with helicopters all around. Nothing can stop the king. Great

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