It was just four years ago when British indie filmmaker Gareth Edwards won Sci-Fi-London’s 48-hour film challenge. In his bedroom, Edwards wrote, directed and created all 250 special effects for Monsters, a film about “huge, extra-terrestrial creatures bringing civilization to the verge of collapse.” It caught the attention of Warner Bros., who gave him the keys to their next summer blockbuster. Maybe you heard of it—Godzilla? Due to its success (it cost $160M to make, and has generated $198M in box office sales in the US alone), Edwards is now working on two more Godzilla films as a trilogy. Fans can expect even more incredible special effects (there were more than 1,000 in Godzilla).
Hollywood is promoting Edwards as the next George Lucas or Steven Spielberg, who are his greatest influences. And for a good reason. When not on set for Godzilla 2 or 3, Edwards will be directing a “mystery” Star Wars stand-alone film, with Book of Eli writer Gary Whitta, due December 2016.