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Comic-Con: Gareth Edwards To Direct ‘Godzilla 2′ After ‘Star Wars’, With Familiar Foes In Sequel

By | Saturday July 26, 2014 @ 12:45pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Comic-Con: Gareth Edwards To Direct ‘Godzilla 2′ After ‘Star Wars’, With Familiar Foes In SequelLegendary‘s Thomas Tull has just made it official at his Comic-Con panel: Gareth Edwards appeared via video announcing Godzilla 2. As for timing, he will direct it after helming the Star Wars spinoff stand-alone film that Disney has dated for December 16, 2016. They also disclosed Mothra, Rodan and Ghidorah would be part of it, and the clip ended with “Let them fight.”

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Edwards came to Comic-Con last year with the kaiju reboot which went on to be a hit for Legendary, and in the video message sent today “from a galaxy far, far away” he said he’ll return for Godzilla 2 after shooting his Star Wars pic. “We get to make another one,” he said. “I’m just up here doing a small little sci-fi movie, as soon as that’s over will be Godzilla 2.”

Tull said familiar Godzilla monster baddies Rodan, Mothra, and Ghidorah will appear in the next installment. “Toho’s been great to us and now we have more monsters to play with,” he said.

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‘Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards To Direct 2016 ‘Star Wars’ Spin-Off

By | Thursday May 22, 2014 @ 4:16pm PDT

Gareth Edwards Star WarsAfter his monster Godzilla opening, director Gareth Edwards has landed the director’s chair for an Untitled Star Wars 3D stand-alone film, which Disney has dated for a December 16, 2016 release. Alvin & The Chipmunks 4 from 20th Century Fox is the only competition so far on that date. How ironic, as it was Fox who distributed the initial Star Wars in 1977?

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Edwards’ kaiju reboot for WB had a $93M opening weekend and has already taken in over $216M worldwide in its first week in theaters for the biggest international opening of the year. In February Disney’s Bob Iger announced plans to release spin-offs based around individual characters outside of the planned Star Wars VII, VIII and IX , with Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg tapped to script.

Related: Lawrence Kasdan, Simon Kinberg Courted To Script ‘Star Wars’ 2 and 3

star-wars-logo__130325012712-200x144__131107212744The Star Wars spin-off news is fantastic for Edwards’ meteoric rise from helming his 2010 indie Monsters for $500K to the $160M-budgeted Godzilla. It also affects the timeframe for Legendary’s just-announced Godzilla sequel, which will have to wait for Edwards’ schedule to free up.

Related: ‘Godzilla’ Sequel In The Works At Warner Bros. & Legendary

Said Legendary’s Thomas Tull in a congratulatory message: … Read More »

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‘Godzilla’ Sequel In The Works At Warner Bros. & Legendary

Godzilla-new1_zpse7e23e9a.jpg~originalEXCLUSIVE: After opening to $103M internationally — the biggest opening of 2014 so far — and grossing $93M domestic stateside this weekend, it should come as no surprise that Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros.‘ are already developing a sequel to the monster hit. It was confirmed to Deadline this morning that a Godzilla sequel is underway. The beast is currently stomping across international markets to take No. 1 spots in most territories.

Related: BOX OFFICE: ‘Godzilla’ Monster Hit at $93M+

The picture was directed by Gareth Edwards, a young British director who grew up on Star Wars and Steven Spielberg films. Godzilla has been made into features before over its 60-year history. The first being in 1954 when the Toho character appeared to be nothing more than a man in a rubber suit, but still fascinated both Japanese and American audiences. It was also made into a film in 1998 by Dean Devlin and director Roland Emmerich but had no where near the opening of this current one. In 1998, the film which starred Matthew Broderick, opened to $44M and went onto gross $136.3M. Worldwide, it grossed $379M. This one could double that. Read More »

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‘King’s Speech’ Sweeps Brit Indie Awards

The Weinstein Co movie won 5 British Independent Film Awards at the ceremony in London’s East End tonight, including Best Film, Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best Supporting Actress (Helena Bonham Carter), Best Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush), and Best Screenplay. Micro-budget sci-film Monsters won 3 awards: Best Director (Gareth Edwards), Best Achievement in Production and Best Technical Achievement, while Carey Mulligan was named best actress for Never Let Me Go.

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM
THE KING’S SPEECH

BEST DIRECTOR
GARETH EDWARDS (MONSTERS)

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD [BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR]
CLIO BARNARD (THE ARBOR)

BEST SCREENPLAY
DAVID SEIDLER (THE KING’S SPEECH)

BEST ACTRESS
CAREY MULLIGAN (NEVER LET ME GO)

BEST ACTOR
COLIN FIRTH (THE KING’S SPEECH)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
HELENA BONHAM CARTER (THE KING’S SPEECH)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
GEOFFREY RUSH (THE KING’S SPEECH)

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER
JOANNE FROGGATT (IN OUR NAME)

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION
MONSTERS

RAINDANCE AWARD
SON OF BABYLON

BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
GARETH EDWARDS – VISUAL EFFECTS (MONSTERS)

BEST DOCUMENTARY
ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE

BEST BRITISH SHORT
BABY

BEST FOREIGN FILM
A PROPHET

THE RICHARD HARRIS AWARD (for outstanding contribution by an actor to British Film)
HELENA BONHAM CARTER

THE VARIETY AWARD
LIAM NEESON

THE SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
JENNE CASAROTTO

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‘Monsters’ Director Scares Up Next Gig

By | Monday September 13, 2010 @ 11:59am PDT
Mike Fleming

TORONTO: Gareth Edwards, who unveiled his fright feature Monsters at Toronto today, has already parlayed the film into a great next opportunity. He has teamed with Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov on a science fiction film that Edwards is writing to direct, with Bekmambetov producing with Jim Lemley. While it sounds like a contradiction, Edwards and Bekmambetov describe the projects as “an epic human story, set in a futuristic world without humanity.” Edwards will write it before they set it up.

Edwards has created much buzz for his film, partly because of the production value he got on a $100,000 Monsters budget, with another $400,000 thrown in for visual effects and post production. The picture will be released in October by Magnet. Edwards’ deal was made by WME and UK’s Curtis Brown.

Below is the pic’s trailer:

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