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 »
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.
When last we left development of the new, Legendary Pictures Godzilla, Monsters director Gareth Edwards was attached to direct and Max Borenstein was rewriting the script previously worked on by David Goyer and David Callaham. Edwards even stressed “Everyone involved knows what the film has to be.” This latest update confirms that.
A Japanese monster magazine called G-Fan has uncovered, what they claim, are two concept designs from the film that were reportedly rejected by Legendary Pictures. If these are the Godzilla designs they’re rejecting, things are looking up. Read More »
Briefly: In March 2010 Legendary Pictures announced that it would make a new Godzilla film. All the wrongs done by Roland Emmerich’s 1998 film would be made right, and we would get a sci-fi creature feature that stands up to the best films in the long-running character’s history. That was the idea, at least, but in almost two years since that deal was announced we still know almost nothing about what Legendary is doing with Godzilla.
We know that Gareth Edwards, director of Monsters, is in the director’s chair. We’ve heard that there will be other monsters in the film. David Callaham drafted a script, and last time we had any reliable word it was that David Goyer was writing a new draft. That was in July of this year.
Now there is a new writer: Max Borenstein, who wrote Art of the Steal, a draft of The Seventh Son and did some work on Legendary’s Jimi Hendrix movie. None of which tells us anything at all about what he’s likely to do with Godzilla, but that’s all THR has to offer.
Posted on Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 by Angie Han
Fans of monster movies and/or the Criterion Collection probably recall that a couple of months back, rumors began surfacing of a Criterion Collection release of Godzilla — an unusual, though not unprecedented, pick by a video distributor that generally favors artsy pictures over genre flicks. So today’s news won’t come as a surprise, but rather a welcome update. Criterion has officially confirmed a January release for their Godzilla Blu-ray/DVD, and has unveiled a list of the special features we can look forward to. More details after the jump.
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Briefly: Development has been relatively quiet on Legendary Pictures’ new Godzilla movie, announced last year and quickly confused with Pacific Rim, another giant monster movie the company is developing. But Godzilla hasn’t gone anywhere, and now the film has a new writer: David Goyer, who has worked on the Batman and Superman films from Legendary and Warner Bros. His script is what helped push forward the new Superman movie, Man of Steel.
Deadline says that David Goyer will rewrite David Callaham‘s script, adding only that the idea is to “approach the film and its characters in the most authentic manner possible.” In other words: this won’t be anything like the terrible 1998 Roland Emmerich movie. (Or so everyone hopes.) No word on whether any of the layer of allegory that added depth to some of the Japanese Godzilla films will be present. Hopefully Godzilla will be more than the world’s biggest terrorist. Gareth Edwards (Monsters) is set to direct the film.
Pacific Rim is being battered by more rumors. Last year the Travis Beacham script, in which nations of Earth band together to defeat massive attacking creatures, was picked up by Legendary Pictures. Rumors soon emerged that it was being refitted as Legendary’s new Godzilla film, and that Guillermo del Toro had been offered the picture.
Yes, Guillermo del Toro was involved with developing Pacific Rim, and ended up signing to direct it a couple weeks ago when At the Mountains of Madness fell apart, but well before that Travis Beacham took to Twitter to insist that there was no connection between Pacific Rim and Godzilla. Both are movies with big monsters, both are at Legendary, but they are totally seperate things.
Now there is a new round of rumor that again links the two projects, and says that Legendary is asking for changes to Pacific Rim in the wake of the disaster in Japan. Is this something you should believe? Right now, it seems open to question. Read More »
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