With the past two years' worth of footage that has been revealed at Comic-Con, in addition to Edwards going back to more of an original approach for the look of Godzilla, fans are ready for the King of the Monsters perhaps more so than any other time in the movie monster's history.
Similar to comments made by Christopher Nolan on his Batman movies and David Goyer on the Man of Steel (who also worked on an earlier Godzilla script), Edwards previously said regarding a sequel, that he is giving this movie his all and doesn't look at it as a way to build a franchise, but of course would love to play in the universe again.
Now we actually hear specifics from Gareth Edwards about a sequel to his Godzilla movie, and in doing so, he just might have shined a light on the upcoming 2014 movie.
Following Comic-Con, Edwards particpated in a press conference where Screen Rant was on hand to pass on the sequel details.
With the exception of the 1954 original, I would say my second favorite film is Destroy All Monsters. I just love the idea of a monster island. Having a world with these creatures in it. I find that fascinating and would like to treat that realistically. I wouldn’t want to limit it to one other foe, I think it’s more fun to – this question will come back to haunt me if we ever do a sequel – but I think multiple creatures make better movies in terms of the image of Gojira.
Destroy All Monsters, made in 1968, was the ninth Godzilla movie as well as having the largest budget - and thought to be the last. It dealt with the United Nations placing all the Earth's kaiju (monsters) on Monster Island. However, things go wrong when an alien race intervenes and controls all the monsters as they attack the cities.
Now what's rather interesting about this is that the UN rounded up all the kaiju from all the previous Godzilla movies. Edwards could have just told us that his Godzilla movie will feature a bunch of different monsters, which actually was hinted at with the Comic-Con footage.
A spider-kaiju attacked a group of soldiers with a huge Godzilla foot stomping down. Obviously that isn't the "big bad" of the movie (currently rumored to be Hedorah; much to the dissatisfaction of hard core fans everywhere), and there is also a report of a mantis-kaiju in the footage as well. So that is at least four monsters in the movie (Godzilla, spider-kaiju, mantis-kaiju, big-bad). It's quite possible that if an adaptation of Destroy All Monsters gets green lit, we could see the monsters from Godzilla 2014, in addition to a few new ones that the UN managed to discover between movies.
Question is: Will Gareth Edwards still keep the female alien force, the Kilaacks, around as well as featuring King Gedorah? Or will we see any of that play into the first one?
Godzilla opens May 16, 2014 in 3D starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, and Juliette Binoche, with David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston. The screenplay is by Max Borenstein, Frank Darabont, and Dave Callaham.
An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.