The King of Monsters is coming back and he’s badder than ever. After a decade of absence in Japanese cinema (following the epic kaiju all-star brawl that was 2004’s Godzilla Final Wars), Toho Ltd. announced that they have just concluded shooting a brand new Godzilla movie.
For the (hopefully few) uninitiated, Godzilla first made his appearance in 1954, taking the world by storm. Under the direction of Ishirō Honda, the nuclear titan rampaged through the streets of Tokyo in all his invincible glory, before finally being destroyed by an experimental WMD called the ‘Oxygen Destroyer’. Thus began his glorious, 6-decades long career as a staple in nerd culture and his successive reincarnations as a savior of the earth, a scaly hippie, an awkward dad and then back into a force for destruction.
After a bad deal that forced Godzilla into the role of a hermaphroditic lizard killed by F-16 missile fire, the King Of Monsters finally had his break in the States with Gareth Edwards’ runaway 2014 hit. While we won’t get to see another American-made sequel to the franchise until at least 2018, we get to enjoy what seems to be like a very promising Japanese reboot.
It’s almost like we never abandoned you for two months.
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Before American audiences were taught the word “kaiju” (or, daikaiju, for that matter), they had already fallen in love with King Kong. The 1933 film became an instant classic, thanks to its (at the time) cutting edge special effects, a strange but somehow relatable creature, and the actress who stole the heart of the beast, Fay Wray. One of the most memorable scenes of the film, as well as its 2005 remake, is a battle between Kong and a Tyrannosaurus on the long hidden Skull Island. Over 20 years later, in 1954, audiences would fall in love with another reptilian giant, Godzilla. After witnessing the spectacle of Kong vs. dinosaur years before, monster movie fanatics were chomping at the bit to see the giant ape take on this new threat and in 1962, it finally happened. Now, over 50 years later, the big screen behemoths will be sharing some screen time again, for the rematch of the century. (more…)
2014’s Godzilla reboot was a fantastic film. Yes, it spent a little too much time on set up, but the nuclear lizard-fueled beat downs that followed were more than worth the wait. It also killed it at the box office, so its sequel felt like a total inevitability by the time the dust settled. Legendary Pictures wisely chose to bring back the creative team behind it for the sequel and its writer, Max Borenstein, has gone on record with a tantalizing teaser for the upcoming film, and we’ve got that juicy little quote here for you to wet your appetite. (more…)
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. (more…)
Every time America tries to co-opt Godzilla for our its own franchise pantheon, Japan always steps up and says, “Not so fast!” Understandable, as Godzilla maybe Japan’s biggest cultural export – literally and figuratively – but with the success of last year’s latest attempt to Americanize Tokyo’s favorite perennial tourist, the originator of the King of the Monsters, Toho Studios, is planning for a Godzilla comeback on the other side of the Pacific Rim. That news was announced earlier this year, but to back that up, Toho has now announced that the new film will have not just one, but two directors! And on top of that, we now have a vaguely evocative image to tease fans the world over. (more…)
Godzilla may be a lusted after box office commodity in America, but in Japan he’s a cinematic legend on par with Humphrey Bogart or Charlie Chaplin. It was Japan’s Toho Studios that got the Godzilla ball rolling in 1954, turning what could have been a silly monster movie starring a guy in a suit trampling on cardboard buildings into a frightening parable for Japan’s suffering from nuclear warfare nearly a decade earlier. The metaphor wasn’t lost on anyone, and the Ishirō Honda creation developed a worldwide following that spawned dozens of sequels over the last six decades and at least two American remakes. But after a decade in retirement, the Japanese are looking to put their stamp on the legend once more. In other words, Toho’s back in the Godzilla business. (more…)
Looking back on the summer of 2014, Godzilla was indeed one of the success stories, but it’s debatable as to whether it was the big hit the studio wanted it to be. At the same time, there’s also a question as to whether or not the style and tone brought to the production by director Gareth Edwards outweighed the weaker story and character elements, and whether or not those two desperate aspects might be balanced for the sequel. Well, what ever may come in the franchise, we know one thing for certain: the date that Godzilla 2 will be released. And when will that be? Read on. (more…)
EDITORS NOTE: Story (SDCC14: Legendary Pictures Unleashes a Hugh Surprise on Hall H) updated from 1/26/14. Update Below.
Legendary Pictures used to be tied to the superhero movie boom but lately they’ve been shepherding movies about big damn monsters (among other things) into theaters with good but not earth shattering results, though it seems clear that, in doubling down with the Godzilla and Pac Rim sequels, their aim is to win audiences over with both the largess of these films and their persistence.
Enter Skull Island, a film based on the mythical island home of King Kong and a complete surprise to the assembled crowd in Hall H and the press when Legendary ran a quick teaser promoting the project. (more…)
When the latest incarnation of Godzilla was announced, there was an understandable amount of trepidation concerning the project. After the last Godzilla movie, everyone expected yet another disaster of epic (and expensive) proportions. But the new Godzilla was met with mostly positive reactions and brought in a fair bit of cash. So naturally, Legendary Pictures is looking to capitalize on that and continue the franchise. Today at SDCC, Gareth Edwards announced that Godzilla 2 is indeed coming. What’s more, the movie will feature a plethora of the big lizard’s classic enemies. Read on for some serious name dropping. (more…)