Saturday, 19 September 2015

Godzilla writer promises a "bigger and better" sequel

There were 520 million good reasons for a Godzilla sequel – add another for the involvement of its talented director Gareth Edwards – but despite the healthy box office figures, questions lingered. Was there enough of Gojira on show? What were those M.U.T.O.s up to? Did the film get bogged down paying homage to the titular monster's Toho roots?

The next Godzilla movie is already scheduled for a 8 June 2018 opening. That leaves Edwards enough time to complete Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One and Godzilla (2014) writer Max Borenstein time to develop a screenplay that melds the monster and human elements in a way that offers emotion as well as spectacle. He is promising both of those things in a sequel that will be "bigger and better" than the first film.

"The response to the first film was really exciting," he told Collider, "but now that that world is established, we can do bigger and even better things."

Arguably a screenwriter is unlikely to tease a sequel that is cheaper and less spectacular, but the inference is clear. The heavy lifting in the first film – specifically the origin and back story – were an unavoidable impediment to whippy storytelling. Free from having to establish the world, Godzilla 2 could soar.

Borenstein will again be collaborating closely with his director on this one. "He's making Star Wars right now, so he's a little preoccupied, but yeah, Gareth is amazing. It's exciting to get to work with him again."

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