Monsters’ Gareth Edwards Lands Godzilla Directing Gig

If you think about it, it was a no-brainer: Legendary Pictures has signed up “Monsters” director Gareth Edwards to direct their reboot of the famous Japanese atomic lizard. He will now work with a writer on the big-budget project for Legendary and Warner Bros.

Edwards burst onto the scene with last year’s “Monster”, a low-budget sci-fi movie about giant alien creatures stomping around Mexico after a NASA satellite unwittingly brings them to Earth. The film was made on a low six figures budget, and kept most of the monster action off-screen aside from the occasional tentacle attack. The creatures, though, did show up at the end at a gas station, where the film’s two main characters were also shacking up.

Besides the upcoming “Godzilla” for Legendary, Edwards is also writing and plans to direct another sci-fi “epic” for “Wanted” director Timur Bekmambetov, who has gotten into the producing business in a big way.