Posted on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
Gareth Edwards‘ Godzilla remake will be sending some of Hollywood’s best and brightest to get (potentially) crushed to death by a monster. Elizabeth Olsen and Bryan Cranston are looking to join Aaron Taylor-Johnson in the sci-fi tentpole for Warner Bros. and Legendary. There is one little detail standing in the way right now, however — none of the three deals can be finalized until Frank Darabont finishes his rewrite of the script. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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Kick-Ass star Aaron Taylor-Johnson has been offered the lead in Gareth Edwards‘ upcoming remake of Godzilla. The news comes after a week where several names were mentioned to be up for the role, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Henry Cavill and others. Taylor-Johnson, whose currently appearing in Anna Karenina and will next appear in Kick-Ass 2, won’t make a final decision as to whether or not to take the role until Frank Darabont hands in his re-write. But according to reports, his acceptance seems likely.
Read more about this, as well as an update on the legal battle and the possibility of more than one monster crashing through the film, below. Read More »
Like a monster through a city, major shifts are happening in the world of Godzilla. The film, which premiered concept footage at Comic-Con in July and will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters), is already set with a May 16, 2014 release date. Now, two of the film’s major producers – Dan Lin and Roy Lee — have left the project. In addition, Oscar-nominated writer/director Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Walking Dead) has been brought on to do a final rewrite. Both of those things are happening just weeks before the film is set to start shooting in March. There are more details after the jump.
UPDATE: A short list of actors Warner Bros. is interested has now been revealed, including Dark Knight Rises star Joseph Gordon-Levitt (who has passed) and Man of Steel star Henry Cavill. Plus we know where the movie will shoot. Read more below. Read More »
The Avengers 2 is a couple years off at this point, with a release targeted for 2015. Between now and then writer/director Joss Whedon has a lot of other work to do with Marvel as he and the company’s team comes up with a plan for the sequel. But when that plan is together, there’s a good chance that cinematographer Seamus McGarvey will be on hand to bring it to the screen.
McGarvey has done great work in films like We Need to Talk About Kevin, High Fidelity, and Atonement, but The Avengers, as one of the biggest films of all time, brought his work to a massive audience. No wonder he’s keen to return to the series. Read More »
Briefly: Back in July at Comic Con, Warner Bros. and Legendar Pictures ran a sizzle reel for the new Godzilla film to be directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters). The reel, featuring the aftereffect of Godzilla stomping through a city, was complete enough that a few people wondered if WB and Legendary had actually shot footage in secret. That seemed wildly unlikely, but not totally impossible.
Now with news that Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) is being brought in to spend four weeks rewriting Godzilla prior to the commencement of casting, we know that what we saw at Comic Con was really just a proof of concept sizzle reel. Which isn’t disappointing at all — if that’s what came together just to show off the film, the final result might be much more impressive.
Variety says the thrust of this rewrite is to “age up” the characters originally written by David Callahan, David Goyer and Max Borenstein. WB reportedly likes the core ideas of the script. The characters just need to be older. Just how much older is open to question, but unless the original drafts were written with kids in mind (also not impossible) we’ll hopefully get a movie that isn’t full of young model-type actors. (Though, really, so long as Godzilla is done well, all else might be acceptable.)
Briefly: If you’ve been waiting to see the Godzilla teaser (or proof of concept footage) that was shown at the San Diego Comic Con this past summer, you’re going to have to wait a while longer. But now we know when the real thing will be in theaters: Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have set a May 16 2014 release date for the film. Oh, and just like that other giant monster movie that Warner Bros. is working on, it will be in 3D. Whether shot natively or post-converted, we don’t know at this point.
We don’t have any more info about this Godzilla, however. We know that Gareth Edwards (Monsters) is directing, and that the script is by David Callaham (The Expendables), David S. Goyer (Christopher Nolan’s Batman films) and Max Borenstein (The Seventh Son). Toho Studios, the original Japanese home of the character, is overseeing the efforts of Legendary and WB to not screw things up the way they were when Roland Emmerich made the last US Godzilla film. Deadline says that this film will “will return the character to its epic roots with a gritty, realistic actioner.” That isn’t quite classic Godzilla, but it might just be studio-speak for “we haven’t made the movie yet.” So we’ll have to wait and see what Edwards & Co. have come up with.
San Diego Comic Con 2012 was underwhelming, that is, until Saturday when Warner Bros presented footage from Zach Snyder‘s Superman reboot Man of Steel, Guillermo del Toro‘s giant monsters vs. giant mech movie Pacific Rim, Peter Jackson‘s adaptation of The Hobbit and the surprise premiere of a teaser trailer for Gareth Edwards‘ Godzilla. As usual, the /Film crew (Germain, Russ, Angie and myself) recorded a video blog reaction after the presentation, giving you some details and our first impressions. You can watch that video blog embedded after the jump.
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Legendary Pictures showed off two giant monster movies today in Hall H at the San Diego Comic Con. One was expected — Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, which we’ll have a report on very soon from Angie Han. The other wasn’t exactly unexpected, but the appearance of Gareth Edwards‘ Godzilla wasn’t confirmed until teaser footage rolled.
So, after the massive spectacle of Pacific Rim, a movie that is chock-full of monsters and robots, how did Godzilla look? Read More »