Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have nabbed Monsters’ director Gareth Edwards to helm their upcoming Godzilla reboot. Warner Bros. is co-financing and will distribute the monster-sized thriller, with Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni producing alongside Dan Lin, Roy Lee, and Brian Rogers.
While Edwards’ Monsters might sound similar in theme to the legendary exploits of Toho’s Godzilla, its tone was quite different, with a story that focused on two lovers navigating a landscape where the giant creatures were used as background atmosphere more than anything else. Some fans have even been shocked by the actual lack of monsters in Monsters. But it was a strategic use of tentacles, and a climactic ending that found two of the octopus like creatures fighting in an abandoned gas station that helped land the director his Godzilla gig.
Legendary Pictures actually sought out the director after seeing Monsters, hoping he’d want to be a part of the project. Gareth will work alongside an as-yet-not hired writer in bringing this project to the big screen. David Callaham write the first draft of the screenplay, but he is no longer with the movie. It is not clear if that draft will be completely scrapped, or if elements of it will remain in play.
No story details have been revealed at this time.
Godzilla comes to theaters in 2012. The film is directed by Gareth Edwards.