Gareth Edwards & Thomas Tull talk Godzilla, King of the Monsters

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On Friday, May 16th, Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla arrives to theaters in North America. Directed by Gareth Edwards, this new version of Godzilla has fans around the world excited to see if this movie will live up to the hype. The movie has been getting many positive reviews, including a glowing one from us.

A few members of the press were treated to a special screening of the film followed by a Q&A session with Legendary Pictures’ CEO Thomas Tull and Director Gareth Edwards, who started off by stating they were both huge fans of Godzilla for a long time. Gareth Edwards stated he first started enjoying Godzilla back in the 1970s when Godzilla was a Saturday morning cartoon created by Hanna-Barbera, which featured Godzooky. Edwards even jokes about calling his version Godzooky.

When asked why Gareth Edwards was chosen to direct the film, Thomas Tull explained that Gareth’s 2010 movie, Monster, was something that really caught his attention. He was able to create a giant monster movie with an indie-budget, plus being a huge Godzilla fan helped. “I told him way back when, ‘I think you have a chance to be one of those great directors,’” Tull remembered telling Edwards.

Since Godzilla was originally created in Japan, the topic of including Japan in the film as well as the talk of radiation came up. “There was a point where it felt like, well, maybe we shouldn’t set it in Japan, maybe we shouldn’t deal with radiation,” Edwards said. “After a while, the general consensus was to follow the original, the whole point of the movie, science fiction and fantasy in general, and so as long as we did it respectfully…we decided to acknowledge those issues as we were figuring out the storyline.”

When thinking about how he wanted to proceed with the movie, Edwards said, “The goal was to make a realistic monster movie. We want to treat this like it really happened.”

Edwards was asked about his thoughts on the movie and joked he was pretty nervous tackling such an iconic monster. When asked if there was any involvement from Toho Co., Ltd., both Tull and Edwards talked about how they had input and worked with Toho to make a movie that everyone can enjoy. “It’s not just a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, it is a once-in-a-million lifetime chance. After all this is the ultimate monster movie.”

With all the possible enemies Godzilla could face in the film, the MUTO was chosen to be the enemies of Godzilla. The decision to use the MUTO was chosen early on in the script phase. “First he’s got to fight somebody else. It’s not just going to be Godzilla on his own, smashing up a city.” Edwards continued on, “We wanted to start with him being feared, and he is, but we knew that as the film progressed, the audience’s relationship with him would evolve.”

When asked about his influences to create Godzilla, Edwards talked about some of the monster movies he enjoyed best, which were Jaws, Aliens, and Jurassic Park. These movies all took its time introducing the creatures, and that’s something that he enjoyed.

Finally one member of the press asked about a possible sequel and what other monsters from Godzilla can we expect to see. Edwards joked about how they are more concerned about how the movie now, with Tull laughing and saying, “Right now we’re trying to concentrate on the 16th!”

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Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.