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 »

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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.)

‘Godzilla’ Dated For May 2014, in 3D

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 EdwardsGodzilla. 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 EdwardsGodzilla 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 »

Will ‘Godzilla’ Show Up at Comic Con?

Briefly: Latino Review got a boost yesterday from the news that Guardians of the Galaxy would be the next ‘mystery Marvel movie’ to be announced for 2014, basically confirming a not terribly well-guarded secret. Then, late last night, the site spoke up again to say that Legendary Pictures will ride into Hall H on the back of a giant atomic-powered lizard. Or simply: the company is probably bringing Godzilla to Comic Con.

This isn’t the same sort of well-kept secret, but it also isn’t much of a surprise. Legendary had a big panel outside of Hall H last year in which the company talked about Pacific Rim publicly and in detail for the first time, and where it also gave out some info about the now-cancelled Paradise Lost.

We don’t know much about Godzilla at this point, so Comic Con would be a good venue for Legendary to announce some details. We do know that Gareth Edwards, director of Monsters, is in the director’s chair. We’ve also heard that there will be other monsters in the film, but as the script has been in the works for a while (most recently through David Goyer and then Max Borenstein) who knows what has changed.

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We know the film is set to be titled Monsters: Dark Continent, and now we’ve got a long plot description that gives a really good idea of where the film is going. Hint: the monsters are now everywhere. Oh, and there just might be an echo of Heart of Darkness — or Apocalypse Now — in there. Read More »

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