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Gareth Edwards' Next Film After GODZILLA Is A "Robot STAR WARS!"

Published at: Aug. 5, 2011, 12:49 p.m. CST by Nordling

Nordling here,

Due to CGI, we can put on screen pretty much any story idea or setting we can imagine.  This can be both good or bad; filmmakers who can't show any sense of restraint tend to overuse the technology and the world ends up looking like a cutscene from a videogame.  Gareth Edwards is not one of those directors, judging from his film MONSTERS.  He knew his limitations with the technology and the budget, and the result is a riveting monster movie that never forgets the people in it.

Gareth Edwards is currently in pre-production on a new GODZILLA film, written bu David Goyer, and if it were most other directors I'd write this movie off.  But Edwards gets good performances from his actors and he's ambitious.  His follow-up film sounds even more ambitious, and Slashfilm has more information, according to their sources.

Edwards' next film after GODZILLA is being described as a "robot STAR WARS" as a 5 year old child travels the galaxy with his robot companion to find the origin of humanity.  There are apparently no other humans left in this universe, which is entirely populated by other robots.  What's more, he's only budgeted the film at $35 million, which should make the film much easier to produce and get bought.  Gareth Edwards told Playlist recently, "It will require all my resources. The trick is to take the positive elements of having more money and the positive elements of having no money, and try to combine the two.”  Remember Neill Blomkamp shot DISTRICT 9 for only $30 million, and low to mid-budgeted sci-fi seems to be the way to go these days as the tech gets better.  Filmmakers like Edwards and Blomkamp seem to understand how to make the technology work for them under limited funds and directorial restraint.

I very much look forward to this new project of Gareth Edwards.  It sounds like an exciting time to be a science fiction film geek.

Nordling, out.

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  • Aug. 5, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Edwards is a skilled filmmaker.

    by Sardonic

    Monsters wasn't perfect, but it was way better than most things of it's ilk. If that movie was any indication, he knows how direct actors and make a good human drama. I'm would be very hesitant about this Godzilla flick if it wasn't for Edwards. He might be the perfect guy for it (I just hope he doesn't get crushed by the studio system, in what is sure to be a big-budget, possible-start-of-franchise-film).

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST

    no way District 9 just cost $30 million

    by Rupee88

    well maybe but I doubt it. Not if you add in marketing and such, especially.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Oh, and first bitches.

    by Sardonic

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 12:54 p.m. CST

    And Monsters was excellent !

    by Rupee88

    I mean well worth watching and just shows the guy has skills with directing.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 12:55 p.m. CST

    I'm with you on this, Nordling.

    by AlienFanatic

    It seems that the two low-budget Sci-Fi films I've admired over the last few years (Moon and D9) have been the absolute best of their kind. It's almost a minor renaissance of the kind of films that arrived in the 70's. When directors are forced to think smaller and craftier, we got films like Jaws, Alien, and Silent Running. There will be loads of high-budget Sci-fi films that come out, but I bet they'll leave me cold. Let's hope that guys like Edwards, Blomkamp, and maybe even Jones again can bring indie Sci-Fi films to market that show the big studios how it's done.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 1 p.m. CST

    I just watched Monsters, and I have to say...

    by odysseus

    ...it wak okay -- but I don't see why anyone watching it would think Edwards is the right guy to pull off Godzilla.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Monsters was awesome!

    by Tom Vidovich

    Extremely underrated. Agree with alienfanatic- these guys(Edwards, Duncan Jones, Blomkamp) are the coming of the anti-Bay. Imagination over CGI moneyshots. Hope Edwards finds the balance in Godzilla, something you really don't want restraint from but shouldn't be retarded either. Weirdly, Monsters reminded me of Oliver Stone's Salvador-a war zone photographer trying to get through Latin America with his life. The scene at the gas station is jaw droppingly transcendent. Fuck, I dig that movie!

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 1:06 p.m. CST

    More Robots??

    by bmcapers

    .

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 1:07 p.m. CST

    I can't believe that dude basically made Monsters on his laptop

    by skycrapper

    Good flick. I'm all for talented film makers who do more with less.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST

    rupee88 - the key word was Shot

    by Mr_P

    As in "Remember Neill Blomkamp SHOT DISTRICT 9 for only $30 million," so no mention of marketing or anything on top of making the film.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 1:24 p.m. CST

    This dude better stay focused on GODZILLA.

    by fustfick

    It's making me nervous hearing about this guy's robot kids movie. Stay focused on the Big G, you S.O.B.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 1:33 p.m. CST

    District 9 comparison not really valid

    by cenobiteme

    Considering Peter Jackson produced the film and he owns a large chunk of Weta Digital, I would say the film's effects were heavily discounted. That film's level of effects would have pushed the budget to 80 million without the man on the inside so to speak.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Not sure I agree with that cenobiteme

    by Sardonic

    Check out some of Blomkamp's early shorts...a lot of them had really impressive effects for what was obviously a small budget. I'm not saying Weta didn't play a part, but with a different director, I find it hard to believe D9 could have been done with the same amount of money. The aliens are still virtually flawless looking, which many movies with LARGER budgets do not even pull of. Blomkamp definitely played a major part in the effects department. He's as much an SFX guy as he is a straight director.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 1:50 p.m. CST

    I honestly can't remember hardly anything about Mosters

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    Spoiler? Aliens control most of Mexico, they lose their ticket, the cross Mexico, there's flashes of aliens, they get to US, big aliens attack a gas station, then wander off. I literally can't remember a single line of dialog. It wasn't terrible, clearly competent and not SyFy material, it just seemed kinda bland. I just don't ever remember thinking, "WOW what if this guy gets a budget" or anything.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 1:53 p.m. CST

    STAR WARS with a five year old?

    by Fart Magnus

    So he's re-doing The Phantom Menace?!?

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 2:02 p.m. CST

    disagree

    by cenobiteme

    I don't see how you can compare the effects in his short "Yellow" or even "Alive in Joburg" to level in District 9. District 9 has incredible effects and a lot of shots that take a rather large team to pull off. Not taking anything away from Blomkamp as a director with a vfx background, he's talented no doubt. My point is that Peter Jackson no doubt brought the budget down considering he owns the vfx company that worked on District 9.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 2:11 p.m. CST

    marketing on D9

    by Johnboy40

    I dunno about anywhere else, but the marketing campaign in the UK was very lo-fi and low key. Lots of the No Non Humans and humans only soigns appeared on bus stops and phone booths and the like. I can't recall seeing a tv spot for it

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 2:18 p.m. CST

    sounds like galaxy express or something

    by wattos new hat

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Wasnt STAR WARS like Robot Star Wars?

    by Jobacca

    Pretty sure there were some robots in the original Star Wars.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 2:53 p.m. CST

    A damn 5-year old is....THE STUPIDEST THING I EVER HEARD

    by Centauri

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 2:53 p.m. CST

    cenobiteme

    by J.B.M.A.

    Actually Weta contributed relatively little to the VFX of District 9. They'd came up with much of the design work but as District prepped for shooting Weta became tied up with Avatar amongst other things. Image Engine and The Embassy did the lions share of what you see onscreen. So no 'discounts' - though that would be no way to run a company anyway.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST

    He's doing a remake of the Ewok Adventures?

    by Ricardo

    NEAT!

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 3:08 p.m. CST

    j.b.m.a is CORRECT!!

    by blakindigo

    There were quite a few Vancouver Film School grads who worked on "District 9". Back to Gareth Edwards — he's excellent.

  • Why the fuck would anyone (apart from a 5 year old child) get excited by a film about a 5 year old child and some robots?

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 3:17 p.m. CST

    You lost me at "5 year old child"

    by Triple_J_72

    NEXT!

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Well, remember most of D9 was location shot

    by Geomancer21

    Very little of the film was sets (so to speak). Hell even the shanty town that was D9 itself wasn't built, those were actually people's homes.<BR><BR>Creating alien worlds and/or ships would be a different feat.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Is robot Star Wars a LucasFilm? Some copyright infringement there.

    by mistergreen

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Best thing about 5 year olds?

    by Darth Macchio

    Anything sounding remotely like a fart is funny to them. Remember when life was that simple?

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 3:29 p.m. CST

    MONSTERS had issues

    by golden tribw

    There were a couple of good ideas but the structure of the story made no sense. It starts with a bunch of people you don't know basically being slaughtered. It ends a few minutes BEFORE that on what seems like an optimistic note if you aren't paying enough attention to realize that the opening scene is about to happen. And, knowing that, you are left with no idea what actually happens to the heroes or what the ramifications of their ambiguous fate might be. The understated use of effects was nice, but the movie overall was a pretty big misfire if you ask me.

  • Stupid, stupid soundbite for a pitch.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 4:05 p.m. CST

    Robot STAR WARS,pretty sure STAR WARS is Robot STAR WARS

    by dvdmike

    ....

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 4:22 p.m. CST

    A.I. 2: revenge of the sims

    by generasputinhole

    robot STAR WARS sounds like a sequel to the Spielberg snore-fest A.I.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    I really liked Monsters

    by Rebel Scumb

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 4:55 p.m. CST

    goldentribe

    by Rupee88

    Yes you know what happened. The chick got killed by the aliens at the end/start. I wasnt' really satisfied by that part but the rest of the movie was just solid..not virtuoso filmmaking but still very very well done.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Edwards' FX

    by Zath_ras

    He pitched the FX for the movie, and then seeing they had no director, said "If you let me direct, I'll do the FX for free. Very talented and a smart decision.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Anyone sneering at the mention of "5-year-old"

    by Ray Gamma

    is presumably not much older themselves.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Has this guy never meet a fucking 5 year old?

    by Eric

    They have a hard time not eating their own boogers much less discovering the meaning of humanity.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 6:42 p.m. CST

    So it's like a robot ROBOTS?

    by MooseMalloy

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Loved Monsters while I was watching it.

    by Turingtestee

    But I too barely remember a thing from it.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 6:48 p.m. CST

    Did somebody Weta their pants?

    by cenobiteme

    Is that why the majority of the credits for vfx on District 9 are with Weta. Sure, some of the work was farmed out but it has to be on a big film to make the deadline. Almost all vfx heavy films farm out different elements to different companies to share the workload. Don't act like Weta didn't work on District 9 though for the sake of argument that's just silly. There are 248 people from Weta who worked on District 9 and 130 people from Image Engine that worked on the film so no, Weta did a lot of the heavy lifting for sure. To think that a Peter Jackson produced project is charged the same as a guy that doesn't own the company doesn't make sense to me. People still got paid but all businesses have a sliding scale especially as far as Hollywood is concerned. There is not a set price for things in Hollywood, favors and deals are always part of the business.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Monsters blew me away at SXSW

    by quadrupletree

    Saw it there last year. This guy is awesome. Can't wait to see both of these new movies!!

  • How lame are these ideas!!

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Please deliver the Godzilla movie I have always dreamed of

    by the Green Gargantua

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 9:22 p.m. CST

    5 years old is pretty young...

    by bubcus

    ...though Sci-Fi films I loved involving children include: The Never-Ending Story, D.A.R.Y.L, Flight of the Navigator, Pan's Labyrinth, Explorers, and E.T. Even Dakota Fanning in the TV mini-series "Taken" was great. And as much as the movie frustrated me, A.I. was extremely effective as a film with a child actor. I also wanted to mention Space Raiders but I have very little memory of that film. I was about 10 when I saw it and was hoping it would be like Star Wars but I seem to recall being disappointed somehow.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Forget about the other stuff, what about GODZILLA!!!!

    by Violator90

    I don't care about the next project, I want to know about the Big G himself, Godzilla. It took years for the turd taste that was GINO to go away. So now a new Godzilla is coming out of Hollywood and not much is known but yet we know more about the next project??? WTF?!Forget that shit and focus on the King of Monsters! I want to know how he will look like, is this the origin story, are there going to be monsters for Big G to fight, will it be a straight up all-out-monster-brawl, or just a Bayish story focusing on the humans and not the monster(s?) Its all nice and all to have future project but if your current project which Godzilla flops like GINO did, hell we all know what can happen. So give us some details on Godzilla please!

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Can someone explain?

    by hallmitchell

    How MONSTERS and D9 cost around the $30 million mark. Yet The Green Lantern costs $200 million!!! Is a lot of this CGI just a huge waste of money?

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 10:53 p.m. CST

    The last thing the world needs is another kids Star Wars.

    by LORDOFLIGHT

    Lucas did his best to kiddify Star Wars and look how people reacted to that. Not very well. And all we've had since is kids Star Wars cartoons.

  • Aug. 5, 2011, 11:36 p.m. CST

    No one is saying Star Wars....

    by corplhicks

    They are using the term to catch your eye. they are saying it's "LIKE" Robot Star Wars. big fucking deal

  • Lucas is mad I say!! MAD!! Then I chilled out and saw that it said a robot Star Wars... ... which made me think that Lucas hired this Gareth Edwards dude to make some Star Wars spin-off with just droids as the main characters. Then I realized that it was just one of those vague Hollywood short-handed pitches that lumps two movies or items together without much context or any sense of what the fuck it is really supposed to be beyond the most basic and generic sense. It's Mrs. Doubtfire in space! It's Gone With The Wind with time travel and fart jokes, starring Jack Black! It's a kid-friendly World War II epic with all the Disney characters filling in for historical figures. It's Avatar meets Dances With Wolves!!!! It's The Breakfast Club on a prison bus! It's Beverly Hills Cop on Mars... wait for it... in the future! It's Die Hard in a port-o-potty!

  • I mean, is anyone ever expecting to hear filmmakers attempt to sell their space film as the next Ice Pirates, Krull, or Flash Gordon?

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 12:24 a.m. CST

    I kid though

    by lv_426

    I thought Monsters was pretty damn impressive. It is good to see Gareth Edwards doing more sci-fi. I'm wondering what the hell he'll do with Godzilla though. Hopefully it will be different but not as understated as Monsters was. I want to see the big G destroy the shit out of the place.

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Cenobiteme

    by J.B.M.A.

    I've given the you the absolute FACTS regarding District Nine. If you insist on acting like a cunt that's your problem. Weta contributed the wide shots of the floating spaceship, bits of the command center taking off from the shanty town and the H.O.D for the suit robot. That's it. They DID work on most of the production art but the character animation everyone remembers? NOT WETA. Image Engine did all the alien animation. Art Dep adds a LOT of names re Weta's involvement but they were far too busy with AVATAR to do more than supervise at the film. If you want documentation then look no further than Cinefex's excellent coverage of the film. It's quite clear that you have no idea of the politics and financing spread of films. And it makes you look STUPID. You fucking idiot.

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Hallmitchell

    by J.B.M.A.

    Monsters cost something like £300,000 actually. And only that much cause they paid for crew hotels etc.

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 1:30 a.m. CST

    A sequel to AI

    by David Cloverfield

    Since David is the closest thing left to a human in the robot utopia.

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 2:50 a.m. CST

    Distric 9 sucked

    by SilentXero

    that is all.

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 4:29 a.m. CST

    Hey Cenobite

    by Fineus Fog

    Wellington aint Hollywood pal! - yes, WETA contributed but you need to realise there is WETA workshop (art dept, concepts etc) and WETA Digital (cgi) - which would "bump up" the WETA numbers. Previous posters mentioned the fantastic animation work done by Image Engine and Neill himself is no slouch when it comes to VFX. Just because PJ produced the film doesn't mean discounts apply. Do you really think he would be as successful financially as he is if he ran his projects like that???

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 7:35 a.m. CST

    I thought Star Wars was a "Robot" Star Wars...

    by Bandit 37

    It's all about the droids anyway. How can this be a "twist"?

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 7:38 a.m. CST

    Monsters was kinda shitty

    by Nabster

    D9 was obviously one of the greatest films ever made.

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 11:04 a.m. CST

    "Robot STAR WARS"? That's "TRANSFORMERS"!

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 11:36 a.m. CST

    We DO know that it's not actually Star Wars corplhicks

    by LORDOFLIGHT

    We're not that stupid you know.

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST

    MONSTERS isn't the best thing ever, but it's pretty good and effective.

    by Orbots Commander

    It's great that studios are giving big tentpole movies like this to inventive filmmakers with smaller movies on their resume. MONSTERS plays really well on the small screen....the VERY small screen. I downloaded it from iTunes and watched most of it on my iPod Touch during a long train ride home on the Long Island Rail Road.

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    @Sardonic LMFAO your 3rd bitch! :)

    by cgih8r

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Its true, we don not care. WE WANT GODZILLA INTEL MUTHUFUCKA, SPEAK

    by the Green Gargantua

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 7:06 p.m. CST

    5 year old child travels the galaxy with his robot companion

    by conspiracy

    Who wants to see anything with a little kid in the lead...or in it at all? Remember Jake Lloyd? Yeah..that fucking worked out Swell.

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 8:22 p.m. CST

    @cgih8r

    by Sardonic

    Learn to read bro. First post.

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 9:54 p.m. CST

    Hugely respect this guy, Edwards

    by Teddy Artery

    A hardworking, craftsman who understands his limitations. If it wasn't for the $30 mil budget, I'd call him the next Robert Rodriguez.

  • Aug. 6, 2011, 11:21 p.m. CST

    I read "Star Wars Reboot"

    by Jaka

    lolololol.... uhh, glad I read it again before I posted.

  • Aug. 7, 2011, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Hugging Disco Cthulhu...

    by Immortal_Fish

    ...so much promise, Monsters had. Really dug how the actors channeled their real-world relationship with each other in their roles. Yet in the end, it all came down to misplaced visas, inexplicable neon fungus, and hugging disco Cthulhu. But maybe his Godzilla will be cool!

  • And this has worked so well for the Transformer franchise. I wonder what the hook will be. A pension for Coca Cola, like the kid in one of the Gamera flicks?

  • Aug. 7, 2011, 1:06 a.m. CST

    The one glaring thing about District 9...

    by Immortal_Fish

    Why did the aliens scavenge fuel over 20 year period when they could have just rode a hot air balloon to the mothership?

  • Aug. 7, 2011, 2:50 a.m. CST

    How does David Goyer still get work?

    by solanine

    All of his successes come from piggybacking off of for more talented writers and directors. His stand alone projects have been mostly drivel. Also, Monsters was good, not great. People walk through Mexico, stop at a gas station, a couple of aliens dance in the street, film ends. Somewhat impressive due to the budget constraints, but without that taken into consideration, it's a 2.5-3/5 at best.

  • Aug. 7, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Immortal Fish

    by J.B.M.A.

    The mothership needed the command centre module to fly. Unconvincing perhaps, but that was the contrivance that pushes the story forwards.

  • Aug. 7, 2011, 11:12 a.m. CST

    I think you HAVE to take Monsters budget into consideration

    by J.B.M.A.

    That might seem like a cheat, but really - how many sub million dollar sci-fi films get released and are even watchable? It's not the best film in the world and more money would probably have changed how it's road trip vibe plays out, but that sequence at the end is stunning. Whole episodes of Sy-Fy channel crap cost more than this and are worth nothing of your time in reward.

  • Aug. 7, 2011, 1:29 p.m. CST

    Next project:Chicken Star Wars!

    by WickedJacob

  • Aug. 7, 2011, 5:50 p.m. CST

    @jbma

    by solanine

    That feels like a copout to me. The lack of action in the film isn't what put me off, it was the lack of writing that approached anything beyond mediocre. Most of the story and the characters just felt bland. You can't blame a lack of money on that. By the time the credits rolled, I was just left with a resounding feeling of, "Meh." To be fair, it's definitely more watchable than any of the garbage SyFy churns out, but there are few things that come close to reaching that level of awful.

  • It also teaches us that Hoylwood movies are over-priced and that they are very wasteful.