Making his first appearance in 1954 (Gojira) Godzilla is a giant monster that lives in the sea that comes from the ocean to feed on mankind.
Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla. has started production in Vancouver under the guidance of helmer Gareth Edwards. Last month I guessed that the film probably wouldn’t start shooting this month because of new writer Frank Darabont’s small window of time in which to turn around a new draft. Well – I’m eating my words (and I’m happy to do it). They’re shooting now. Warner Bros. has also announced that Ken Watanabe (Inception) has joined the production as well.
He joins the previously cast Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Johnson, Juliette Binoche and David Strathairn. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing with Mary Parent and Brian Rogers.
Godzilla will roar on May 16, 2014.
The team behind Legendary and Warner Bros.’ Godzilla have done an amazing job in keeping their lips sealed tight. No information has come out of the process other than this past Comic-Con’s premiere of a teaser and one-sheet.
The boys at Collider have attempted to get producer Dan Lin to break the silence on the latest reboot that’s to be helmed by Gareth Edwards. He at least gets some info on the production schedule…and a bit more.
“We’re planning to film in March,” said Lin. “We are in deep pre-production. Gareth [Edwards] has really mapped out his vision for the movie, you saw the teaser, but Gareth thanks to Thomas Tull’s help he took over a whole stage on the Warner Brothers lot and not only showed the teaser you saw, he had some models built of Godzilla, he had art decorated all over the soundstage, he had pre-vis of some of the big action sequences in the movie. So we’re in deep pre-production and Gareth’s vision of the movie is really exciting it’s a true re-boot of Godzilla. And you saw from the Comic-Con footage it is a grounded, realistic version of Godzilla. What would happen if Godzilla came into our world today?”
This seems like the obvious direction to take the franchise, and insiders have told me the difficulty they had in coming up with a new take. It should be interesting to see what the collective minds of David Callaham (The Expendables), David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) and Max Borenstein (Seventh Son) have come up with. Godzilla will rise from the Ocean May 16, 2014.
It’s kind of amazing the amount of buzz surrounding Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla reboot, and somehow there’s literally zero information about it. The Coventry Telegraph’s Geek Files is one of the first to get director Gareth Edwards to talk, and here’s what he spilled:
“I’ve never worked this hard, this long and been this emotionally involved in something that’s lasted only a few seconds since the time I lost my virginity! But the reaction has been amazing and I can’t wait for the fans to see our final product.” he told the site.
“I’ve always been interested in Godzilla and the ideas around him. I really wanted to see another Godzilla film and jumped at the opportunity. My main idea was to imagine ‘If this really happened, what would it be like?’ I want to take a grounded, realistic approach to a Godzilla film.
“Everyone warns you about working for Hollywood and how you can get treated in a certain way but my experience has been the polar opposite. Thomas Tull (founder of Legendary) has been very supportive.”
What we’ve learned is that he’s aiming for a realistic approach, so don’t expect to see a bunch of Godzilla babies running around Madison Square Garden. Godzilla is to begin casting soon for a May 16, 2014 release. READ MORE
Contrary to my predictions, Monsters director Gareth Edwards is still attached to direct a reboot of Godzilla for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, and there’s been plenty of progress to report.
Heat Vision broke the news this evening that Max Borenstein has landed the enormous task of bringing the Japanese green lizard back to theaters. David Goyer (The Dark Knight) had previously worked on the script.
My inside sources tell me that is hasn’t been an easy task finding a writer to crack the code. How do you keep the integrity of the “man in a rubber suit” lore while modernizing it? It’s not an easy concept to pitch. Therefore, Borenstein must have something special up his sleeve. What would you guys like to see?
Borenstein rewrote Legendary’s supernatural fantasy The Seventh Son. Based on the Joseph Delaney YA book, it’s due to go into production with Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Ben Barnes attached to star. READ MORE