Gareth Edwards Will Not Direct ‘Monsters’ Sequel or Spin-Off Project

Published 4 years ago by , Updated July 9th, 2014 at 10:21 am,

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Director Gareth Edwards’ sci-fi drama Monsters (read our review) may have been produced with an extremely modest budget, but that didn’t stop the film from garnering plenty of critical praise as well as a substantial cult following – and earning a spot as one of our favorite movies of 2010.

As a result, it should come as no surprise that Vertigo Films, who owns the rights to the budding franchise, is looking for opportunities to expand the Monsters mythology into future sequels or even a TV spin-off. Unfortunately, it sounds as if the studio will be doing it without Gareth Edwards who not only penned and directed the breakout feature – but also worked on many of the film’s visual effects.

Anyone unfamiliar with the young director might think that Edwards’ attachment to a higher-paid movie monster, in the form of the upcoming Godzilla reboot, is the main reason he won’t be overseeing Vertigo Films’ future Monsters projects; however, Edwards spoke with Dread Central and revealed that it’s less about scheduling conflicts and more about not feeling like he’s ready to tell another Monsters story, yet:

“Vertigo owns the rights to Monsters, and I know they’re keen to move forward with another Monsters-related project very soon. I’m not sure how involved I can be right now, and I don’t think my next film really should be a sequel just yet. I’d like to do something else first, but I would definitely be open to returning at some point.

But I do think whoever Vertigo ends up hiring will do a great job because they really know what they’re doing there. For me, if they hire someone to direct another Monsters movie, the last thing they need is for me to be hanging around, telling people how the movie should be. Whoever comes in should definitely be given free rein to put their own spin on this world, and I know they’ll get the right person.”

It’s hard to imagine that Vertigo will be able to do the Monsters property justice – especially without Edwards at least overseeing the project in come capacity. Monsters was an intimate and personal piece of filmmaking and everything that stands-out about the film is closely tied to one of Edwards’ contributions. Obviously the mythology and world portrayed in the movie is ripe for studio plundering but it was actually Edwards’ masterful sense of restraint that made for such a compelling first film.

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It’ll be interesting to see how Vertigo intends to blend the subtleties of Edwards’ work with the future direction of the franchise. Hopefully, it’ll be closer to what James Cameron did with Aliens – as opposed to what Artisan Entertainment did with the Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2. We’ve already dubbed 2011 “The Year of the Alien” – do we really need another studio-influenced aliens on earth film?

As for Edwards’ feelings about his upcoming Godzilla project, the director seems confident that the direction Legendary Pictures will take the property is vastly different from Roland Emmerich’s 1998 Godzilla film:

“This will definitely have a very different feel than the most recent US film, and our biggest concern is making sure we get it right for the fans because we know their concerns. It must be brilliant in every category because I’m a fan as well.”

Fans who might have been hoping for a pre-Godzilla return-trip to the Mexican border might also be disappointed to hear that Edwards has no plans for a Monsters director’s cut or other expanded retail edition:

“I think Monsters is a completed film – I don’t really see myself going back to do a director’s cut or anything like that. For me, that’s like your mom getting out the family photo album and you see that she Photoshopped in a brother you’ve never had just because you said you’d always wanted a brother. It doesn’t feel natural to me.”

Too bad Gareth Edwards wasn’t around to advise George Lucas in the mid-90s.

Follow us on Twitter @benkendrick and @screenrant and let us know what you’d like to see happen with the Monsters sequel project.

Monsters is currently available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Godzilla is tentatively planned for a 2012 release.

Source: Dread Central

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  1. @”Too bad Gareth Edwards wasn’t around to advise George Lucas in the mid-90s.”

    Amen to that.

    Edwards needs to concentrate on getting Godzilla right.

    • You said it right my friend

  2. I really hope Godzilla is done right. The world needs Godzilla to return. It’s been 7 years since Godzilla last graced the silver screen, and over a decade since he has been seen on the big screen in the US. Please Mr. Edwards, bring back the King of the Monsters.

  3. Wohooo! I was worried there for a minute. I was afraid that he’ll turn GODZILLA into a love story! LOL!

  4. Btw, Monsters was an okay film but it was a BIG time misleading title of the film!

    • @ kissjonez

      Couldn’t agree more.

      While I thought that it was a very competently made film,I just wasn’t that impressed with the overall product.

      The effects should be applauded being that it was done on a laptop,but the story was a bit weak,and it’s completely mis-titled.

      • Whoa, have to disagree, Monsters was a great name for the film. Yes the love story was the focal point but there is always the feeling the the Monsters could be right there. I was more than impressed with the film, hoping it wasnt another District 9.

  5. Fantastic news because there was no point to Monsters. The creatures themselves were just a gimmick. Not very well designed either. It does not bode well for another American version of Godzilla.

  6. I’d rather watch frenemy again than monsters…geez what crappy online movie distributions with misleading descriptions. Now I gotta pooh.

  7. Its safe to say I am a huge fan of gareth edwards…and just by watching monsters and hearing his stuff fo godzilla..he will get it right….I don’t like idea of a monsters sequel or spinoff :(…I thot it was great just the way it was…and …AMEN to gareth edwards shudve advised george lucas.

    • So many people have missed the real essence of Monsters. Edwards has managed to capture a dream-like feeling with a perfect tempo. The monsters need not be any more impressive. The limited special effects are truly Hitchcockess. This movie is nothing less than excellent. The fact that it was made on such a low budget is testament to Edward’s prowess.

  8. This film was a visual feast with it’s superb effects and stunning scenes.The lead in with Nasa and the contamination from space was brilliant.Gareth Edwards is just getting started and I can’t imagine what he will be doing ten years from now.Steven Speilburg you’ve met your match.