Exclusive: Gareth Edwards On Godzilla
'We want to stay true to the fanbase'
If the notion of another Godzilla like that Roland Emmerich monster makes you want to emit a throaty roar of your own, rest assured: the next incarnation of the creature feature is in safe hands. When we caught up with him at the Jameson Empire Awards, Godzilla director Gareth Edwards was keen to put minds at rest while stressing that the monster was ripe for an update.
"The thing that’s so interesting is that Godzilla has evolved since the original one in the ‘50s," Edwards said, "so there is the opportunity to bring it up to date. But we want to stay true to the fanbase as well and I’m a fan of the Toho films."
How big a fan? Well, try this for coincidence. "When I got the call about it from my agent I was in my bedroom and right in front of me by my DVD player was the 1954 Godzilla. He asked, 'Are you a fan?' And I said, 'Yeah, I’m looking at him right now!' It was incredible."
Edwards, who's hard at work on script duties and keeping details seriously under wraps, is well aware of the level of scrutiny that will fall on his monster: “Everyone’s got a very strong opinion about Godzilla and what it should be." So what should it be? Share your opinions in the usual place...