Godzilla 2: Destroy All Monsters remake?
While principal photography for Godzilla ended just a couple of days prior to Comic-con on July 20th director Garret Edwards is already speculating what he would like to do with a remake.
Discussing a potential sequel to his upcoming “Godzilla” reboot, director Gareth Edwards stated, “With the exception of the 1954 original, I would say my second favorite film is Destroy All Monsters. I just love the idea of a monster island. Having a world with these creatures in it. I find that fascinating and would like to treat that realistically. I wouldn’t want to limit it to one other foe, I think it’s more fun to – this question will come back to haunt me if we ever do a sequel – but I think multiple creatures make better movies in terms of the image of Gojira.”
“Destroy All Monsters” was a 1968 Japanese kaiju film featured an all-star cast of monsters from many of Toho’s previous monster films including Godzilla, King Ghidorah, Minilla, Mothra, Rodan, Gorosaurus, Anguirus, Kumonga, Manda, Baragon, and Varan.
Personally, I wouldn’t mind a sequel that had numerous monsters…I think this is trying to be Marvel’s Avengers for the monster movie genre. However, I do have some concerns. First of all, Edwards is giving his reboot of the Godzilla franchise a very serious tone, trying to recapture the verisimilitude of the 1954 original. The problem with a remake of Destroy All Monsters is that by 1968 the tone of the Godzilla films had changed considerably. Godzilla was evolving into a hero of types where he helped save the world and was no longer this nuclear created force of nature. destroy All Monsters also included a plot where alien invaders were going to take over the world. While I like those elements they do seem to clash with the serious tone of this reboot. This sounds more like it would fit into the tone which Pacific Rim has established.
Another point is that Toho already did a remake, of sorts, to Destroy All Monsters. That movie was the 2004 50th anniversary movie: Godzilla Final Wars. That is a film that is despised among the majority of the fan base (this writer being the exception) and I really have to wonder would Toho want to risk another remake of that plot so soon? Who knows, Maybe Edwards would leave out the alien aspect of the movie?
While I am open to a Destroy All Monsters remake, my preference would be to see another movie where Godzilla is the main monster where he battles another foe. With Legendary Pictures ending its partnership with Warner Brothers Studios and starting a new Partnership with Universal Studios, who owns the rights to King Kong, I would much rather see a remake of King Kong vs Godzilla!
Ah, but we are getting ahead of ourselves aren’t we? Godzilla will be in theaters on May 16, 2014 and hopefully it will do well enough to garner a sequel. Let us hope that it does better than Pacific Rim! A wonderful giant monster movie that is being praised by many critics but is doing poorly at the box office. With a production budget of $190 million it has taken in only $76,486,104 domestically so far. I am hopeful Godzilla will do better for he is such a more well-known character and I am sure he will pull in the larger audience.