A teaser trailer filled with footage from Gareth Edwards‘s new westernization of the Japanese kaiju classic, Godzilla, has stomped its way onto the internet. To sum it up in a few words… It looks perfect. In fact it looks so good I’m not going to sully the the minute and half by evening mentioning or making comparison the previous attempt at making a North American version of the King of the Monsters.
In fact when this movie finally hits theaters May 16th 2014, I believe all memory of the previous one will be wiped clean from our collective memories and we can finally find joy in our hearts again because if this teaser is any indication, we are going to get exactly what we should. A monster mashing, building crashing, radioactive breath having cinematic slice of perfect.
Okay, I maybe a little excited for this, but you have to admit it looks damn good. Word is that we should see a trailer on the 3rd of November. For now? You can check out the teaser below. (more…)
There’s a new glimpse of everyone’s favorite radiated monster Godzilla making the internet rounds. This time we get our first real look at Godzilla’s face, before it was all smoke, shadows, and moody music while we see a mist covered Godzilla. The picture was taken at the Licensing Expo over in Sao Paolo.
It all started with Kaijucast sharing the image on Twitter, which quickly spread through numerous Godzilla fan-sites. Shortly after though, Kaijucast took the image down, most likely at the request of Legendary Pictures which would only confirm that the picture was the real deal.
The guys at Kaujucast also wrote an email to Legendary, that they’ve shared with the internet on their website saying,
[Editor’s Note: Last night Manny Lozano took us inside The Ender’s Game Experience, today he’s back – after barely escaping with his life! – from Legendary’s Godzilla Encounter. Check out his impressions of the up close and personal encounter, pictures from the exhibit, and if you’re attending SDCC make sure you to see it for yourself!]
The Godzilla Encounter is one of the most highly anticipated experiences being offered at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Legendary has created an immersive experience that celebrates the legacy of the original movie monster while simultaneously getting fans excited for Gareth Edward‘s 2014 film.
Participants enter a recreated Tokyo street, complete with a walk-up cafe, that features a wealth of Godzilla memorabilia; including movies, comics and clothing that the King of Monsters has been featured in over the years.
Before long, a proximity alert sends everyone off the streets and down into a series of underground bunkers filled with frantic scientists and soldiers, scrambling to prepare for Godzilla’s imminent strike on San Diego. We enter a crowded elevator in an attempt to reach a secure location, but the monster has taken its toll and we are forced to exit on the 25th floor, which is half destroyed.
Huddled together, we hear Godzilla make his approach. Stomp. Stomp. We are faced head on with the monster and the experience concludes with his iconic roar.
Longtime fans of Godzilla will appreciate this version of the monster, which harkens back to the original but has just enough changes to draw in new viewers. Register for The Godzilla Encounter by visiting the Legendary Entertainment booth, #3920 on the convention floor and download the app (ed. more on the app below the cut!) to unlock exclusive bonus concept art! It’s a can’t miss!
Gareth Edwards‘ (Monsters) Godzillareboot happily continues chugging along, and there’s a new set of production stills for us to check out. These pictures back up the earlier video clip that said the military would play a big part in this latest incarnation of Japan’s largest export.
This latest set again features the movies “Human” star Aaron Taylor-Johnson who was lastseen all dressed up in Army fatigues.
This time around Taylor-Johnson is in his civies, although still surrounded by military personnel. Perhaps this takes place in the movie before that first set of fully fatigued up stills.
Here’s a short video of the scene and a gallery of pictures:
The Still Gallery:
Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Bryan Crantson, Ken Watanabe, and Richard T. Jones also star. Godzilla crushes its way onto theater screens May 16th, 2014.
Sure looks that way. On the Facebook fan page for Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures new Godzillaremake yesterday, the below picture was posted with the caption, “Path of Destruction.” Not sure where this is supposed to be in the context of the film, but if you said that it looks like British Columbia, you’d be correct because Godzilla is indeed shooting in and around Canada’s western-most province right now. (No word yet on how a Godzilla attack is going to affect the current provincial election in B.C., and between you, me, and the lamp post Liberal Premier Christy Clark can’t take any more bad news.)
Here’s the shot from the Godzilla set courtesy of Geek Tyrant.
Godzilla, directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters) and starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston,and Sally Hawkins, is scheduled to be released on May 16th, 2014.
The latest reboot of Japan’s cinematic icon Godzilla, is currently in production under the guiding hand of director Gareth Edwards (Monsters). In a move that demonstrates Edwards’ and production company Legendary‘s, high regard for the franchise and it’s history, one of the original 1954 Godzilla actors will be making a cameo.
Akira Takarada, starred in the first Godzilla movie as diver Hideto Ogata, and was confirmed for a cameo appearance in the reboot on the Legendary Twitter page. Below is the picture Legendary posted of director Edwards with Takarada while shooting in Vancouver.
Akira Takarada and Momoko Kochi in Godzilla 1954
It’s a nice nod to the original and one casting decision Godzilla fans everywhere can really appreciate. Edwards did a fantastic job on Monsters and I’m really looking forward to his take on Godzilla. Throw Frank Dorabont and Max Borenstein‘s script work into the mix and I think we’re in for a wondrously monstrous time at the movies.
And now I have a reason to give a damn. To say I’m leery about Hollywood’s second attempt at a Godzillaflick is an understatement. The big ‘G’ is a tricky thing to adapt, half the time the Japanese movies are iffy in their quality and they created the damn franchise. And I think we all remember the disaster of 1998’s Godzilla. Hell, even calling it Godzilla was a stretch because it just wasn’t.
As production begins on this Godzilla movie, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have released news of the final, principal cast, and this fills me with a little more hope. Ken Watanabe joins an already impressive cast, including Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston. I mean, come on, that’s a rockin’ cast.
The film is shooting for a May 16th, 2014 release date and filming is now underway in Vancouver. The script includes the work of Max Borenstein, Frank Darabont and Dave Callaham, another solid line-up of talent. I just hope the script is cohesive. Gareth Edwards is directing.
All right, what are the odds this won’t suck? The addition of Watanabe is awesome, he better be the lead. Still no synopsis so it’s anyone’s guess what the plot will be.
UPDATE! Only a few hours after we posted this article the first photos and video from the set of Godzilla have found their way online. Whew! Things are sure moving quickly. These images and video come courtesy of Godzilla-Movies and YVRShoots.
And here’s director Edwards first message from the set,
The legendary Godzilla has had no shortage of screen time over the decades. Ever since his inception back in 1954, he’s been the subject of everything from movies to video games to comic books. Some of these incarnations have been better and others not-so-good. Legendary Pictures is looking to give the big green hater of Tokyo another chance with their planned 2014 remake. And now, it looks like Godzilla is going to have company.
According to the mysterious “inside sources”, the new Godzilla flick will feature two additional giant rubber monsters (though I imagine they’ll be CGI this time around). Whether they’ll be fighting with our favorite radioactive lizard or joining him for tea remains to be seen. But who could it be? Mothra? Rodan? Mechagodzilla, perhaps? They ain’t sayin’.
Legendary has also been very keen to emphasize that their version of the epic monster will be much different from what we’ve seen in the past. Of course, some of the “different” versions of the past have been complete crap, so let’s hope they know what they’re doing with this one.
Being written by Frank Darabont, screenplay adapter for The Green Mile and The Walking Dead, and directed by Gareth Edwards, of no known directorial accomplishment, the new Godzilla is expected to come stomping in (and hopefully through Tokyo) come May 16th, 2014.
The Gareth Edwards’ (Monsters) Godzilla reboot seems to be suffering some of the same collateral damage the monster in question deals to the cities it visits. There’s good news and not so good news for our favorite rampaging atomic monster.
The good news is that Frank Darabont is going to handle the final rewrite of Max Borenstein‘s (Seventh Son) Godzilla script. How is that good? Frank is no stranger to the monster genre with his highly lauded work on The Walking Dead, The Mist, Kenneth Branagh’s Frankenstein, and the 1988 remake of The Blob. He certainly has the writing chops to get this done in a manner fans will enjoy.
The not so good news is that there’s trouble brewing in the Godzilla producers camp. Dan Lin and Roy Lee, who were among the original group of producers who teamed up with LegendaryPictures as the financier-producer are being forced out. Legendary now controls the rights and wants to drop the two producers from the project and bring in Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni, while keeping Brian Rogers, who was on the ground floor of the original deal. The money involved will certainly take this dispute to the courts which might hold up the May 16th 2014 release of the film.
What do you think? Can Darabont deliver, can the possible court cases be settled in time to get the movie made and out to the fans?