The Elevator Pitch is the art of summing up your movie idea in a line or phrase that can instantly give the listener an impression about the theme or genre of a project. For example, “Die Hard on a bus.” That’s Speed in a nutshell. Or Wagon Train to the Stars, which is how Gene Roddenberry pitched Star Trek to NBC in the 1960s. So what kind of movie does the pitch “Godzilla Meets Lost In Translation” conjure? How about “Transformers versus Adaptation“? Well that’s how the new movie Colossal is being described, and now Anne Hathaway, who’s no stranger to high-concept projects, has been cast to star in the film.
As explained by The Hollywood Reporter, Hathaway will play Gloria in Colossal, “an ordinary woman who, after losing her job and her fiancé, decides to leave her life in New York to move back to her hometown.” And then something weird happens. A giant lizard attacks Tokyo, and Gloria comes to realize that she has a psychic connection with the creature. Sounds like Gloria is going to be drifting with Godzilla. Basically. So there’s a Pacific Rim reference thrown in there for good measure.
The film is being written and directed by Timecrimes‘ Nacho Vigalondo and is being financed by Voltage Pictures, who will be in south of France for the upcoming Cannes film festival to try and raise some capital to make it. “Colossal is my most ambitious script so far, and probably also the most personal one,” said Vigalondo. “Having Anne and this terrific team around goes beyond my craziest expectations.”
“Crazy” indeed. This heady confluence of genres and styles is either going to be wildly successful, or will go down in history with names like “Ishtar” and “Gigli.” It does sound like a seriously interesting project though, and Hathaway is always an interesting presence on screen, plus you’ve got to think that after a couple of turns with Christopher Nolan that a script really has to be really intriguing in order to get her attention. I’m interested to see what becomes of Colossal, although admittedly there’s still a long way to go before it’s released.
We’ll have more news about this project as it develops.