Production is currently underway on director Gareth Edwards’ reboot of Godzilla, and a new behind-the-scenes image has been unveiled by Legendary. While we previously got a look at the crew shooting inside an airport, this image is quite a bit more exciting as we get to survey some of the damage done by the titular creature. Needless to say, it doesn’t look like Godzilla is exactly tiptoeing across the country. At Comic-Con last year, I got a look at the test reel that Edwards shot to showcase his vision for the film, and if the finished movie is anything like that, then there is going to be a massive amount of destruction. The design for the creature—at least in that test reel—is absolutely huge.
Hit the jump to check out the new image. The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Bryan Crantson, Sally Hawkins, and Ken Watanabe. Godzilla opens in 3D on May 16, 2014.
Check out the latest casting news below:
- Sally Hawkins (Submarine) has joined the cast of Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla reboot, featuring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen.
- Adewale Akkinuoye-Agbaje (The Bourne Identity) has boarded Paul W.S. Anderson’s Pompeii, starring Kit Harington, Emily Browning and Kiefer Sutherland.
Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.
Filming is currently underway in Vancouver on director Gareth Edwards’ new take on Godzilla, and the production has been rather generous to the legions of curious fans thus far, giving fans peeks behind-the-scenes of the pic. Edwards previously shared a video greeting from the first day of filming a couple of weeks ago, and now Legendary Pictures has released a new set photo that reveals that OG star Akira Takarada will make an appearance in the upcoming redo. Takarada was the lead in Ishiro Honda’s 1954 original film Godzilla, which spawned countless sequels, offshoots, spinoffs, and remakes. It’s unknown how big of a role Takrada will have in Legendary/Warner Bros.’ new film, but it’s certainly neat to see Edwards paying tribute to the original Godzilla.
Hit the jump to check out the set photo featuring Takarada and Edwards. The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Bryan Crantson and Ken Watanabe. Godzilla opens in 3D on May 16, 2014.
It was just yesterday that we received word that Gareth Edwards‘ (Monsters) new take on Godzilla had begun filming in Vancouver. Today, we get a video greeting from the man himself that is short but certainly sweet—sweet in the sense that Gareth’s a good chap—plus, a batch of tantalizing photos from the set.
Hit the jump to check ‘em out. Starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Bryan Crantson and Ken Watanabe, with a script from Max Borenstein, Frank Darabont, and Dave Callaham, Godzilla opens in 3D on May 16, 2014.
Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures announced today that filming has begun in Vancouver on director Gareth Edwards’ (Monster) new Godzilla film. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Juliette Binoche lead a cast that also includes David Strathairn and Bryan Cranson. Additionally, the press release notes that Ken Watanabe has now joined the film as well. Though plot details are firmly under wraps, we know from the film’s brief Comic-Con appearance last year that Edwards is taking a grounded, realistic approach to the classic monster. His take attempts to answer the question, “What would it be like if all of this really happened?”
Edwards is working from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, Frank Darabont, and Dave Callaham. Hit the jump to read the full press release. Godzilla opens in 3D on May 16, 2014.
The cast for director Gareth Edwards’ (Monsters) reboot of Godzilla continues to grow as we move closer towards production. Aaron Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen are already in talks to topline the pic, and now Variety reports that Oscar-winner Juliette Binoche (The English Patient, Chocolat) has entered negotiations to join the cast. Plot details are being kept firmly under wraps, but rumors have swirled that the story centers on a soldier and involves at least two monsters in addition to the titular creature. Bryan Cranston was previously reported as being in talks to sign on as well, but this latest report from Variety makes no mention of the actor. Hopefully this was simply an oversight and not a signifier that Cranston is no longer circling the pic.
Though Warner Bros. and Legendary are keeping a tight lid on all things Godzilla, it’s clear that they’re roping in some high caliber acting talent to lead the tentpole. We should hear more casting news soon as production is set to begin this month, with the latest draft of the script penned by Frank Darabont. Godzilla opens on May 16, 2014.
And the Godzilla news keeps on coming. Earlier this week we had a couple of major developments regarding Warner Bros.’ upcoming Godzilla reboot, including the news that Frank Darabont has been brought on to perform a final rewrite of the script and a shortlist of actors in the running for the lead role reportedly include Henry Cavill, Scoot McNairy, and Caleb Landry Jones. Well so much for that shortlist story, as word now comes that Warner Bros. has its eye on a different actor to lead the project: Kick-Ass star Aaron Johnson. Hit the jump for more.
It’s apparently “Godzilla reboot news day.” This morning we learned that Frank Darabont will be doing a final rewrite on the script for director Gareth Edwards’ reboot of Godzilla, along with the news that two of the film’s producers are battling Legendary Pictures to stay onboard the project. We actually know very little about the redo beyond the fact that Edwards is tackling Godzilla with a grounded, realistic tone (ie. what would it be like if this monster actually appeared in real life and started terrorizing cities?), but today word has surfaced concerning the film’s firm production start date, shooting locations, and which actors the studio and Edwards are looking at to take on the lead role. Hit the jump for Godzilla details galore.
One of the most pleasant surprises from this past summer’s Comic-Con was a test reel of footage from director Gareth Edwards’ reboot of Godzilla. The crowd went nuts for Edwards’ grounded take on the material, and development on the film picked up shortly thereafter, with filming now set to get underway in the spring. Steve recently interviewed producer Dan Lin in anticipation of the upcoming crime drama Gangster Squad, and Lin also briefly gave an update on Godzilla. He talked about Edwards’ realistic approach to the story, when and where they’re filming, and how Edwards went all-out when presenting his take to the studio. Hit the jump to read Lin’s comments.
The name Seamus McGarvey may not be one that you’re incredibly familiar with, but you undoubtedly know his work. The cinematographer is responsible for the photography in such varied fare as Atonement, High Fidelity, and We Need to Talk About Kevin, and he also handled the cinematography on a little movie called The Avengers that you may have seen earlier this year.
Steve recently got to speak with McGarvey about his work in director Joe Wright’s upcoming romance drama Anna Karenina, and the cinematographer provided brief updates on a couple of highly anticipated upcoming projects. He revealed that the Godzilla reboot starts production this coming March, and he strongly suggested that he’ll be returning for Joss Whedon’s sequel The Avengers 2. Hit the jump for more.
One of the great surprises at Comic-Con this summer was an unannounced look at director Gareth Edwards’ reboot of Godzilla. Legendary unveiled a teaser reel of footage that Edwards put together to pitch his vision for the film, and the result was a chilling, grounded, destruction-filled world in which the monstrous beast had wreaked havoc on everything in sight. The overwhelmingly positive response put the project on the fast track, and just a few weeks ago a May 2014 release date was announced.
Though the project has three credited screenwriters—David Callaham (The Expendables films), David S. Goyer (Batman Begins) and Max Borenstein (The Seventh Son)—word now comes that Legendary has brought in Iron Man 3 scribe Drew Pearce for yet another rewrite. Hit the jump for more.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures have just announced director Gareth Edwards Godzilla will be released on May 16, 2014 and it’s expected to be in 3D. According to the press release, the script is written by by David Callaham (The Expendables films), David S. Goyer (the Dark Knight trilogy) and Max Borenstein (The Seventh Son). In addition, the studio says they “will return the character to its epic roots with a gritty, realistic actioner.”
Right now Godzilla is being released on the same day as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the week after will see the Rise of the Planet of the Apes sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. However, 2014 is a long time away and many release dates will be adjusted as more films get announced. Hit the jump for the press release.
Saturday is a massive day in Hall H already with Django Unchained, The Hobbit, Pacific Rim, Man of Steel, and the Marvel panel, but Legendary had one more surprise in store for fans right after the Pacific Rim panel ended. As Guillermo del Toro and the cast of Pacific Rim walked off the stage, Legendary head Thomas Tull announced that he had one more thing to show. That “one more thing” was a genuinely fantastic teaser for the upcoming Godzilla remake from director Gareth Edwards. Hit the jump for my recap along with a Godzilla teaser poster.
Monsters director Gareth Edwards is attached to Legendary Pictures’ upcoming Godzilla reboot, but he’s also got a cool-sounding sci-fi flick brewing. Sources tell /Film that Edwards that project “is about a young human child (probably around 5 years old) and a robot who travel across the galaxy in search of mankind’s origin in a world void of humanity and filled with robots.” Edwards is pitching the movie as “a robot Star Wars“. Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov is producing.
Hit the jump for more details on the project.
David Goyer is set to write Gareth Edwards’ upcoming Godzilla reboot. Deadline reports that Goyer will write a screenplay based off a draft by David Callaham. While Mike Fleming raves about how Legendary Pictures is smart to get a pro like Goyer on board because he’s had so much success launching franchises, but let’s look at the films Goyer directed because those are the scripts that are almost certainly 100% his: Blade: Trinity, The Invisible, and The Unborn. All of those movies are terrible. What about his ABC series Flash Forward? Also terrible, and then rightfully canceled. Yes, Goyer has a track record of having a screenwriting credit on movies that make a lot of money, but that doesn’t mean he writes good movies.
I’m also wary that “Legendary intends to approach the film and its characters in the most authentic manner possible,” because that’s not what I want out of a Godzilla movie. You can have authentic characters, but I don’t want “authenticity” out of a giant mutant lizard whose hobbies include destroying metropolitan areas and fighting other giant monsters.