Yesterday, the teaser trailer for Godzilla was released online, and judging by the reaction of the people I follow on Twitter, response was positive. It’s a well-made trailer, and more importantly, the response shows that people are eager to see the giant monster get a second chance at an American adaptation. Today, an international trailer and TV spot have gone online, and the tone is the same, but they contain brief new bits of footage. If yesterday left you with a need for more Godzilla (or a need for actors who will be in Godzilla, since there’s not much of the titular monster at this point), it’s a quick fix.
Hit the jump for the trailer and TV spot. The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, and Sally Hawkins. Godzilla opens in 3D on May 16, 2014.
Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have released the first trailer for director Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla along with a new poster If you want to see the titular kaiju, you’re going to be in for a bit of a disappointment, but you should be encouraged by the style Edwards is bringing to the movie. There are some great-looking shots, especially the opening halo jump and the red smoke clouds following the paratroopers. And when Godzilla is finally “revealed”, it’s in a stunning, smokey silhouette. It’s an effective teaser trailer, and I don’t mind waiting to see more while the special effects team attempts to recreate one of cinema’s most memorable monsters.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer and check out the new poster. The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, and Sally Hawkins. Godzilla opens in 3D on May 16, 2014.
After a big push at Comic-Con, two viral videos released today signal the next wave of marketing for Godzilla. The first trailer drops tomorrow afternoon, but you can get a taste tonight with the first official images featuring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, and a relatively clear look at the monster himself. The reboot “pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.”
Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe, and David Strathairn also star. Godzilla opens May 16, 2014. Check out the new images along with a few quotes from director Gareth Edwards after the jump. [Update: Warner Bros. has released high-resolution versions of two of the images, which are now included after the jump.]
In addition to a few first look images that Warner Bros. recently released in anticipation of its upcoming 2014 slate of films, the studio has also unveiled an extensive list of official synopses, providing a closer look at some highly anticipated features. Briefly:
- Transcendence – The feature directorial debut of Christopher Nolan’s longtime cinematographer Wally Pfister stars Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, and Rebecca Hall and opens April 18th.
- Godzilla – The action redo stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston and opens on May 16th.
- Blended – The African safari-set romantic comedy stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore and opens on May 23rd.
- Jersey Boys – Director Clint Eastwood’s musical adaptation stars Christopher Walken and opens on June 20th.
- Tammy – The Melissa McCarthy/Susan Sarandon comedy opens on July 2nd.
- This Is Where I Leave You – Director Shawn Levy’s star-studded dramatic comedy opens September 12th.
- The Hobbit: There and Back Again – The final chapter in Peter Jackson’s trilogy opens December 17th.
Hit the jump to read the full synopses for the aforementioned films and a few more.
Everyone’s favorite kaiju will be getting a second chance at Hollywood blockbuster destruction when Godzilla opens next summer. We knew very few details about Gareth Edwards‘ upcoming remake, but judging by the teaser posters, they’re at least trying to go with the classic design, so it’s already a step up from Roland Emmerich‘s 1998 debacle. We’ll probably get an idea of what else Edwards has in store when the first trailer is released on Tuesday, although the release is being done in an unusual fashion. It will be a “worldwide satellite debut” with one feed happening at 1:00 – 1:15pm EST and a second feed at 4:00 – 4:15pm EST. I don’t know if that means two trailers, or two chances to see the same trailer, but we’ll get you your first look at the rampaging monster as quickly as possible.
Hit the jump for the satellite feed coordinates, and for some viral videos from “M.U.T.O.” The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe, and David Strathairn (you can hear Strathairn’s voice in the “MUTO” videos). Godzilla opens May 16, 2014.
We got an early look at the monster design for Godzilla during Comic-Con, but news from the Legendary picture has been relatively quiet since then. But thanks to the modern miracles of the internet and product placement, we have a new look at the title beastie thanks to a new book that’s on the market for pre-order.
Director Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, Ken Watanabe, and David Strathairn, and opens May 16, 2014. Hit the jump to take a look at the new image.
With director Jeff Wadlow’s Kick-Ass 2 opening this weekend, I recently got to speak with some of the cast in New York City. The sequel takes place a few years after the first film and finds Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Kick-Ass and Chloe Grace Moretz’s Hit Girl inspiring a new wave of masked superheroes to join in the fight against a league of villains led by the Motherfucker (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). For more on the film, watch five clips, a red-band featurette, video interviews with Wadlow and Mark Millar, or click here for all our previous coverage.
During the interview, Taylor-Johnson talked about making the sequel, what it was like to run around the streets of Toronto in costume with people watching, how much fun he had making Godzilla, and if he has signed on to Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers: Age of Ultron? Hit the jump to watch.
As filming is set to get underway on The Avengers: Age of Ultron early next year, writer/director Joss Whedon and the folks at Marvel are starting to make logistical preparations for the follow-up, including filling out the cast. Whedon revealed early on that he was including the characters Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in the film, and we learned a couple of months ago that Aaron Taylor-Johnson was the frontrunner to play the incredibly fast Quicksilver in the superhero sequel.
Steve recently sat down with Taylor-Johnson in anticipation of the release of Kick-Ass 2, and the actor confirmed that he has indeed had meetings with both Whedon and the people at Marvel about possibly playing Quicksilver, and it certainly sounds like negotiations are ongoing. In addition, Taylor-Johnson spoke a bit about director Gareth Edwards’ vision for Godzilla. Hit the jump to read on.
While at Comic-Con for a presentation in Hall H, actor Bryan Cranston and filmmaker Gareth Edwards talked about their new take on the classic creature Godzilla. The sci-fi action-adventure epic pits the world’s most famous monster against creatures who threaten humanity’s very existence. The film also stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche and David Strathairn.
During the interview, Bryan Cranston and Gareth Edwards talked about what it is about Godzilla that still resonates with people, how the film is structured, dealing with the special effects, the biggest challenges of the shoot, and the tone of the films. Edwards also said that he’d definitely be interested in directing a sequel, if the possibility came up. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
We saw plenty of panels this weekend at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con. We waited in line so long that we actually had to take shifts to make sure we got a reasonably decent seat. This allowed us to give you quick recaps of the panels, but now you can sit in the comfort of your home just a few days later and watch the full panel for yourself. There’s a fair amount of stuff that’s not in our recaps, most notably the humor of the panelists. It’s tough to convey the spontaneity and timing of the jokes, and they’re some of the best parts. You should probably see for yourself Bryan Cranston absolutely killing it at the Godzilla panel or the surprisingly charming audience Q&A for X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Hit the jump to watch the full Comic-Con panels for X-Men: Days of Future Past, RoboCop, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and Godzilla. You can also click on the corresponding links for our recaps, which includes summations of the footage we were shown. Please keep in mind that the video of these panels does not include this footage.
Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are bringing the classic monster Godzilla back to the screen next year, and the pic comes with some fairly lofty expectations from longtime fans of the character. The studios surprised last year at Comic-Con by showing a reel of test footage shot by Gareth Edwards, teasing his take on the monster. Godzilla returned to Hall H again this year, but this time it came with some actual footage from Edwards’ filming, revealing that Godzilla will indeed fight other monsters in the new movie. Edwards took the Hall H stage with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston to talk about Edwards’ intimate take on the story, filming in Canada, balancing the monster aspect of the film with the human element, and much more.
Hit the jump for my full recap of the Comic-Con panel for Godzilla.
Legendary has released new concept art and a Comic-Con poster for Godzilla teasing the iconic monster. However, judging by photos and the response from last night’s “Godzilla Encounter” event, Godzilla will look like the Godzilla we all know and love, so I don’t know how much longer Legendary is planning to keep giving us the monster’s body parts. The upside is that by showing just parts of Godzilla, they give a sense of his scale as you can see from the tiny helicopters and an aircraft carrier.
Hit the jump to check out the poster and concept art, and come back on Saturday for our recap of the Comic-Con panel. The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe, and Richard T. Jones. Godzilla opens in 3D on May 16, 2014.
While Comic-Con doesn’t officially begin until Wednesday night, Legendary got a jump on the festivities by inviting a few reporters to check out their Godzilla Experience a day early. In case you’re not aware, Legendary converted a building near Comic-Con into a Godzilla experience that convention goers are going to flip for. As you walk in you feel like you’ve been transported to Tokyo, and it really feels like Legendary spared no expense. The walls are covered with cool street art, the middle of the main room has a real Ramen Bar, and the back room is filled with vintage Godzilla toys that will make you want to hit eBay as soon as you walk out the door.
And that’s not all.
After you take in the main room and notice some awesome Godzilla Easter Eggs, you’re transported into a back room where you’re informed that America is under attack! As soon as it happens, you’re rushed into an elevator and then an office building, where you just might get a short glimpse of a very large monster. More after the jump.
The Comic-Con posters keep on rolling out as Legendary has unveiled a great-looking one-sheet for Gareth Edwards‘ Godzilla, and Marvel has also revealed a new poster for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I don’t know if the Marvel poster will be available on the Con floor or if it’s just an online announcement piece, but it’s fairly tame. Godzilla, on the other hand, will have people behaving like wild animals at the Legendary booth. That’s not reasonable behavior, but it’s admittedly a very cool poster, and I hope I can get my hands on one. I just don’t want to risk getting destroyed in order to do so. [Update: The Godzilla poster is not a general release. It's by Phantom City Creative, and will be on sale at the Mondo Booth (#936) on Friday. The regular edition is limited to 275 and costs $45; the variant edition is limited to 100 and costs $70. We've updated the article with both versions after the jump]
Hit the jump to check out the posters. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will have its panel on Friday, and premiere this fall on ABC. Godzilla will have its panel on Saturday, and opens in 3D on May 16, 2014.
At the recent San Francisco press day for Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim, I landed an exclusive interview with Legendary Pictures’ CEO Thomas Tull. During our wide-ranging conversation we talked about the newest toys he’s added to his collection, how Legendary is financing more of what they’re producing (they financed 75% of Pac Rim and 100% of 42), if the changing home video dynamics changed the way they think about what they’re producing, casting in a worldwide marketplace, if they would consider making a different cut of a movie like Marvel did with Iron Man 3 for China, how the finished film compares to what he originally envisioned, finding the right tone, Comic-Con, Godzilla, Legendary’s project with Michael Mann and Chris Hemsworth, and a lot more. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
Finally, while many projects aren’t worth the extra ticket price for 3D, I strongly recommend paying the extra money to see Pac Rim in IMAX 3D. It’s definitely worth it.