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Gareth Edwards will be back to direct Godzilla 2 after Star Wars spinoff

May. 23, 2014by: Jesse Giroux

Yesterday it was announced director Gareth Edwards will be behind the camera for the first STAR WARS spinoff, and many of you wondered if this means he won't be back to direct the sequel to his GODZILLA. In a statement responding to Gareth Edwards being hired to direct the STAR WARS standalone film, Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull says Edwards is still attached to helm GODZILLA 2, and he'll direct it after the spinoff.

Gareth's filmmaking talent makes him one of his generation's most creative and visionary directors. The plan has always been for Gareth to direct a different film before we started on another Godzilla, but who knew it would a Star Wars installment? We have a great plan in store for Godzilla fans and I am looking forward to seeing Gareth’s imprint on the Star Wars universe.

But if Gareth Edwards is going to direct GODZILLA 2 after the STAR WARS spinoff, this means the sequel also won't be hitting theaters until after the STAR WARS flick, which is set to be released in 2016. So the earliest GODZILLA 2 might be in theaters will be what, 2017? It sounds like Legendary is willing to wait that long between GODZILLA films, but I also think it's possible they might end up hiring a different director for GODZILLA 2, and keep Gareth Edwards onboard as an executive producer. A lot can also change in the next couple of years, and just because Gareth Edwards is attached to direct GODZILLA 2 right now doesn't mean he still will be in 2016.

Gareth Edwards' STAR WARS spinoff will open on December 16, 2016.

Source: THR

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2:59PM on 05/23/2014

I'm content with this news

Edwards seems like an interesting choice for a Star Wars spin-off, but then again, so does any director at this point due to the large size of the universe and cast of characters. I do however hope WB tries to find another director because if Edwards is so fixated on the idea of showing less is more, than what's the point of making a sequel that follows a similar storyline, two dimensional characters and all?
Edwards seems like an interesting choice for a Star Wars spin-off, but then again, so does any director at this point due to the large size of the universe and cast of characters. I do however hope WB tries to find another director because if Edwards is so fixated on the idea of showing less is more, than what's the point of making a sequel that follows a similar storyline, two dimensional characters and all?
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1:01PM on 05/23/2014
If he is in fact still going to direct Godzilla 2 after the SW spinoff, I'd imagine 2018 earliest, but we've gotten way too spoiled with these quick sequels. I understand it's all about money, money, money, but remember when 4 years was fast to get a sequel? I don't have a problem with taking some time in between movies....
If he is in fact still going to direct Godzilla 2 after the SW spinoff, I'd imagine 2018 earliest, but we've gotten way too spoiled with these quick sequels. I understand it's all about money, money, money, but remember when 4 years was fast to get a sequel? I don't have a problem with taking some time in between movies....
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10:07AM on 05/23/2014
I thought Edwards did terrific with Godzilla. I'm with people like JimmyO and John Fallon
I thought Edwards did terrific with Godzilla. I'm with people like JimmyO and John Fallon
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10:11AM on 05/23/2014
* In that, I'm game for a blockbuster that's not trying to be The Dark Knight or Inception.. Not every film has to be! And I love both those films by the way. I'm in no way a Nolan basher.
* In that, I'm game for a blockbuster that's not trying to be The Dark Knight or Inception.. Not every film has to be! And I love both those films by the way. I'm in no way a Nolan basher.
9:55AM on 05/23/2014

Matthew Vaughn for Fett

I really can't see him doing a boba fett movie. I think Matthew Vaughn would be better for it. He's proven that he can handle a franchise like x-men and kickass plus I can see mark strong as a rogue bounty hunter trying to kill Fett
I really can't see him doing a boba fett movie. I think Matthew Vaughn would be better for it. He's proven that he can handle a franchise like x-men and kickass plus I can see mark strong as a rogue bounty hunter trying to kill Fett
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9:44AM on 05/23/2014
Hope they do the extended universe thing where Boba Fett escapes from the Sarlacc.
Hope they do the extended universe thing where Boba Fett escapes from the Sarlacc.
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9:37AM on 05/23/2014
Glad to see him still signed on for two more Godzilla films. I would rather see him continue with that franchise then have him switch over to this completely.
Glad to see him still signed on for two more Godzilla films. I would rather see him continue with that franchise then have him switch over to this completely.
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8:57AM on 05/23/2014
A long time ago in a galaxy far away ... Boba Fett is hunting Godzilla for a large sum bounty. That I'd like to see.
A long time ago in a galaxy far away ... Boba Fett is hunting Godzilla for a large sum bounty. That I'd like to see.
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8:51AM on 05/23/2014
I hope he's doing the Boba Fett spin-off.
I hope he's doing the Boba Fett spin-off.
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8:38AM on 05/23/2014
I liked godzilla quite a bitbbitvhabe some issues with itbmainly the one stated in the review on this website, we didnt see enough of godzilla. It should have been called muto you saw them more. So how is a guy whos said he believes in not showing something badass and who has proving he doesnt going to do a star wars movie? That being said I thought the shots of the monsters and the action scenes and fx were superb in godzilla. I think he has an eye for the epic but star wars isvsomething that
I liked godzilla quite a bitbbitvhabe some issues with itbmainly the one stated in the review on this website, we didnt see enough of godzilla. It should have been called muto you saw them more. So how is a guy whos said he believes in not showing something badass and who has proving he doesnt going to do a star wars movie? That being said I thought the shots of the monsters and the action scenes and fx were superb in godzilla. I think he has an eye for the epic but star wars isvsomething that is epic almost constantly so he would have to be able t do that.
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8:13AM on 05/23/2014
Oh no...no Godzilla sequel for...3 years? It should take a movie at least 2 years to make (including writing and casting and financing AND CGI - big budget movies like these I mean). This writer is acting like that's incredibly long. I don't want a set date like X3 did, not allowing themselves to bump the date back. I hope (and don't think) Legendary will burn Edwards for another director because of one year. The Star Wars gig SHOULD only give him more credit, bigger audience. Unless
Oh no...no Godzilla sequel for...3 years? It should take a movie at least 2 years to make (including writing and casting and financing AND CGI - big budget movies like these I mean). This writer is acting like that's incredibly long. I don't want a set date like X3 did, not allowing themselves to bump the date back. I hope (and don't think) Legendary will burn Edwards for another director because of one year. The Star Wars gig SHOULD only give him more credit, bigger audience. Unless Spielberg, Del Toro, a couple others were hired (and I doubt they would be), they'll just get a hired gun closer to Ratner. As flawed as Godzilla was, I'd rather keep GE.
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8:05AM on 05/23/2014
I think there will be a section of moviegoers who will turn on him or cry overrated, like the self-proclaimed Nolan haters (and they have every right to, I'm not saying this out of spite), but he's definitely talented and I'm a sucker for "promoted fanboy" stories. He grew up with Godzilla and other kaiju films, made his own smaller movie, and then was brought on board to bring Godzilla back to American cinemas. That's just really neat. And he's 39, he's still quite young.
I think there will be a section of moviegoers who will turn on him or cry overrated, like the self-proclaimed Nolan haters (and they have every right to, I'm not saying this out of spite), but he's definitely talented and I'm a sucker for "promoted fanboy" stories. He grew up with Godzilla and other kaiju films, made his own smaller movie, and then was brought on board to bring Godzilla back to American cinemas. That's just really neat. And he's 39, he's still quite young.
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8:19AM on 05/23/2014
I agree. And I think there's incredible visual shots, with CGI and without, that are all credited to Edwards. However, there are legit flaws in the film. I've never even witnessed a production this big - I've seen smaller ones like MUD and even smaller - but despite the script being obviously poor in parts, he did turn it in, so I don't know where that blame falls. The writers? The actors (I don't think so)? The director? Hopefully his Star Wars movie doesn't show he can mainly do
I agree. And I think there's incredible visual shots, with CGI and without, that are all credited to Edwards. However, there are legit flaws in the film. I've never even witnessed a production this big - I've seen smaller ones like MUD and even smaller - but despite the script being obviously poor in parts, he did turn it in, so I don't know where that blame falls. The writers? The actors (I don't think so)? The director? Hopefully his Star Wars movie doesn't show he can mainly do incredible action scenes and that's it, and I imagine that'll be the criticism, though I don't have it (yet), and am excited about both films, hoping for the best.
9:12AM on 05/23/2014
There's a featurette in Batman Begins DVD. It's about how Christopher Nolan and co. envisioned the Batmobile would look by mashing a model kit of Hummer and Lamborghini together. Then they made a bigger size of the said model in clay and tweaked it until they get The Tumbler as we know now. I think Gareth Edwards has the same dedication that Nolan has.
There's a featurette in Batman Begins DVD. It's about how Christopher Nolan and co. envisioned the Batmobile would look by mashing a model kit of Hummer and Lamborghini together. Then they made a bigger size of the said model in clay and tweaked it until they get The Tumbler as we know now. I think Gareth Edwards has the same dedication that Nolan has.
9:46AM on 05/23/2014
@Netforce That was such a fascinating process to appreciate. I remember Nathan Crowley saying how surreal it was to see giant blobs on the full-size Tumbler; the model-makers having thought the blobs of glue on Crowley's kitbash model were intentional design elements.
@Netforce That was such a fascinating process to appreciate. I remember Nathan Crowley saying how surreal it was to see giant blobs on the full-size Tumbler; the model-makers having thought the blobs of glue on Crowley's kitbash model were intentional design elements.
10:44AM on 05/23/2014
It really was impressive in how they created the car, tested drive them and made it all possible.
It really was impressive in how they created the car, tested drive them and made it all possible.
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