Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla may be two calendar years away from its 2014 release, but it’s already one of the most anticipated upcoming films. The movie, of course, marks the blockbuster franchise debut from the Monsters director and is the first American attempt to reboot the series since the critically-maligned and box office disappointment of the 1998 Roland Emmerich edition.
Already, there’s talk of how Edwards’ take will feature a “grounded” and “more realistic” version of Godzilla. The film may or may not hew closely in tone to something like Cloverfield, although it’s unclear if Edwards will employ the found-footage technique in the film. However, while Godzilla has not yet decided on its specific aesthetic, it appears that answers may be on the way sooner rather than later.
Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey – who is handling photography on the Godzilla reboot – has revealed a bit more on the project in a recent interview with Collider. Production on the film is scheduled to begin in March, McGarvey said, and is expected to run through June. While he couldn’t get into specifics regarding Edwards’ approach to the material, McGarvey did comment on the progress in figuring out how the film will look.
“We still haven’t chosen the direction we’re going visually. I’m sort of testing next week, in fact, for that stuff.”
It’s unclear whether or not the test footage that Edwards showed at Comic-Con will have any bearing on the actual look of the film, but McGarvey’s involvement – given his experience – bodes well for this new Godzilla. Among his credits, the Oscar nominated cinematographer has worked on films as varied as Atonement, High Fidelity, Charlotte’s Web and Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina (read our review).
This year, McGarvey also worked on a little-known film called The Avengers (maybe you’ve heard of it?) and has suggested that he is likely to return for Joss Whedon’s 2015 sequel, though nothing is official just yet.
Do you think McGarvey’s return for The Avengers 2 is a good sign for the Marvel sequel? Is he the right man to bring Godzilla back to big-screen life? Let us know in the comments.