“That would be probably one of the best-case scenarios”: Godzilla Director Reveals His Condition for Star Wars Return After Delivering the Best Movie After Empire Strikes Back

Gareth Edwards directed two franchise films before turning his attention away from blockbuster movies but isn't against making a return.

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  • Gareth Edwards gained recognition for his work on 2014's Godzilla and 2016's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which were both successful.
  • During an interview, Edwards admitted that he would return to franchise filmmaking on the condition that he was allowed to use his own methods.
  • Meanwhile, Edwards also squashed the rumors of Lucasfilm replacing him with Tony Gilroy for the reshoots of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
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Director Gareth Edwards made a name for himself with 2014’s Godzilla, which laid the foundation for the commercially successful Monsterverse franchise. Edwards tasted further success with 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which received critical acclaim and is widely considered one of the best entries in the franchise since Empire Strikes Back.

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Gareth Edwards delivered one of the best Star Wars movies in the form of Rogue One (Credit: Lucasfilm).

However, after directing two franchise movies, Edwards has remained away from blockbuster filmmaking. During an interview, Edwards was asked whether he would be willing to make a return to franchise filmmaking. Edwards left the door open on a potential return to Star Wars but also set up his condition for undertaking another movie in the hit franchise.

Gareth Edwards Reveals His Condition For Returning to Star Wars After Making Rogue One

British director Gareth Edwards earned many plaudits for his work on 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is set before the events of 1977’s Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope directed by franchise creator George Lucas. The film grossed $1.058 billion at the global box office and is regarded as one of the best Star Wars movies since the original trilogy.

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Gareth Edwards expressed interest in returning to Star Wars on one condition (Credit: Lucasfilm).

While promoting his most recent film The Creator, Edwards spoke with ComicBook.com, about his experience working on a Star Wars film. When asked whether he would return to direct another film in the space opera franchise, Edwards stated:

I like franchises, obviously, or else I wouldn’t have done two of them. So there are things that I would still love to do in that arena.

However, Edwards added that while he was interested in returning to franchise filmmaking, he would like to do things his way.

The Godzilla director explained that franchise films all felt similar in nature and he wanted to use his own methodology to leave his stamp on an established IP.


Here’s the franchise, but go off and do it how you do things. That would be probably one of the best-case scenarios, I reckon.

Edwards made the above statement explaining his condition for potentially returning to direct another franchise film. As a result, Edwards’ comments imply that he would be open to making another Star Wars movie if he were given free rein during production to realize his vision.

Gareth Edwards Addresses Rumors of Being Replaced During Rogue One Reshoots

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Gareth Edwards reveals he was involved with Star Wars: Rouge One till the end (Credit: Letterboxd).

During a separate interview with Variety, Edwards also spoke about the rumors that he was replaced as director by Lucasfilm during the reshoots of Rogue One. According to reports, writer Tony Gilroy had taken over directing responsibilities for the reshoots.

Look, the only thing I can say is I was incredibly lucky. I got to make a Star Wars film.

Edwards made the above statement regarding his alleged replacement during reshoots. The director remained grateful for the experience and insisted that calling it anything less than amazing would be a disservice to the final product.


In a separate interview, Edwards squashed the rumors of him being replaced by stating that he and Gilroy worked together until the last minute of the movie. As a result, the end product turned out to be nothing short of mesmerizing and it even received praise from George Lucas.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is streaming on Disney+. 

Pratik Handore

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Pratik is a writer at FandomWire, with a content writing experience of five years. Although he has a Bachelors in Hospitality, his fascination with all things pop culture led him to writing articles on a variety of topics ranging from latest streaming releases to unheard movie trivia. When not writing, you can find him reading manga, or watching classic TV shows.