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News Article:
Godzilla 2014 News Roundup: Realistic Approach
Current News - Past News

Date: 10/08/2012 (Updated: 04/06/2014)
Author: Anthony Romero and Chris Mirjahangir
Source: http://blogs.coventrytelegraph.net

Click here to go to the latest update.

As Legendary Pictures' upcoming Godzilla film gets closer to release, news will start to hit a fever pitch. Consider this an early news roundup, which will be updated as smaller news stories develop and a good launching point from the company's press release announcing the date of May 16, 2014.

First, it was announced on October 5th, by Variety, that Drew Pearce, the writer for the upcoming Iron Man 3 movie, would be supplying further rewrites to the screenplay. The goal was to turn the cast of characters into an older group in order to match the actors Legendary is considering, although it's unknown how old the original characters were written as.

On October 6th, director Gareth Edwards did an interview with the Coventry Telegraph. Edwards stated his approach for the film: "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."

The Monsters director is also riding high from the reaction to the Comic-con teaser, saying: "But the reaction has been amazing and I can't wait for the fans to see our final product."

Update: Collider.com reports that the movie's cinematographer, Seamus McGarvey who worked on Marvel's The Avengers, has stated that the upcoming Godzilla movie will begin filming: "...in March. March 'til June...".

Update (11/26/2012): Warner Bros has confirmed that the upcoming Godzilla film will be headed to IMAX on May 16, 2014. Secondly, Drew Pearce confirmed on November 14th that he had finished writing for the new Godzilla film. So unless Legendary Pictures brings on yet another writer for the film, which is always possible considering there are numerous writers already attached to the script, the movie's plot is finished.

Update (1/07/2013): It appears that Legendary Pictures is indeed not finished with the script, now bringing on a Frank Darabont to rewrite the script. Darabont has an impressive resume of past work, including The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, but marks the fifth writer who has come in to help work on what sounds like a troubled script. Things have also gotten more complex for the production as well due to producers Dan Lin and Roy Lee. There are conflicting reports, with one stating the pair just walked away from the project, while another states the pair were forced off with a money payout with no credit in the movie or back-end percentage; furthermore, according to the latter report, they are now taking legal action against Legendary Pictures.

Update (1/17/2013): Recent news confirms that producers Dan Lin and Roy Lee were indeed forced off the project, and are now in a legal battle with Legendary Pictures of the production of Godzilla. The Hollywood Reporter has all the messy details of the legal blows, which now also includes producer Doug Davison, building between the two parties. The producers are seeking millions of dollars in damages and want Legendary Pictures to face "substantial punitive damages to make an example of Legendary so that it and no other studio will in the future treat their producers in this outrageous manner." Furthermore, they are looking to halt production on Godzilla until the suit is settled. On the bright side and in unrelated news, Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass) is in talk to appear in the film, although it's unknown what type of role he might have or how large.

Update (2/08/2013): More casting news, as Variety is reporting that Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) and Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) are in talks to appear in the film. Meanwhile, the previous legal tussle between the former film producers and Legendary Pictures is awaiting a state court judge to decide a key issue over arbitration in the case.

Update (2/28/2013): Chocolat star Juliette Binoche is in talks for a role in the upcoming Godzilla film, marking the fourth actor named to the production, although all four have a clause to turn down the contract barring review of the final script. Also, Warner Bros has begun marketing the film to advertisers, stating that the film will for sure feature at least another monster besides Godzilla and that the story is based from the perspective of a soldier.

Update (3/19/2013): As reported last year, Legendary Pictures has announced that production on the upcoming Godzilla film has officially started. Filming has begun in Vancouver with director Garth Edwards. To celebrate, the studio has published an official press release. The news item confirms actors already mentioned, including Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass), Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Juliette Binoche (Chocolat). The release also reveals that David Strathairn (The Bourne Legacy) is attached to the project.

The biggest carrot from the release, however, is news that Academy Award nominee Ken Watanabe has joined the cast. Although best known for his roles in The Last Samurai and Inception, Watanabe is no stranger to Toho related productions, having worked on Tampopo (1985) and Kizuna (1998). Below is the press release in full:

WARNER BROS. PICTURES AND LEGENDARY PICTURES ANNOUNCE CAST AND START OF PRODUCTION FOR "GODZILLA"

BURBANK, CA, March 18, 2013 – Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced today the final principal cast for the upcoming tent pole "Godzilla." Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, and Juliette Binoche are starring in the film, with David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston.

The companies also announced that principal photography began today on location in Vancouver. Gareth Edwards is directing the film from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, Frank Darabont and Dave Callaham. Legendary's Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni are producing with Mary Parent and Brian Rogers. Alex Garcia and Patricia Whitcher are serving as executive producers alongside Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira.

A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, "Godzilla" will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd. Legendary Pictures is a division of Legendary Entertainment.

Update (3/27/2013): With filming underway, news is starting to trickle in at a faster rate now. First, Legendary Pictures released a day one shoot, set video with director Gareth Edwards. The video is very short, with Edwards basically describing that it was a long day. The set behind him appears to look like an airport or terminal, with signs for "Japanese Nationals" and "Foreign Passports" which would first hint toward the sequence taking place in or accepting travelers from Japan.

Next, Toho has added a listing to the movie on their own site. The listing is bare bones besides stating that Gareth Edwards will direct, but does confirm that the movie will see a 2014 release in Japan.

Finally, the biggest news this week is that legendary actor Akira Takarada will be featured in the film, as revealed by a picture posted on Twitter by Legendary Pictures. Takarada has starred in many of the Godzilla movies, including Godzilla (1954), Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964), Invasion of Astro-Monster (1965), Ebirah, Horror of the Deep (1966), Godzilla vs. Mothra (1992) and Godzilla: Final Wars (2004).

The picture with the actor appears to be taken from the same set seen in the day one shoot video.

Update (6/20/2013): Legendary Pictures has laid on the table some of their expansive cross promotion retail plans for the upcoming 2014 Godzilla film. While merchandise commitments will continue to come in as the film's release nears, Warner Bros. is touting the production this week at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, a few firms are already on board. These include Bandai America (doing toys and building sets for the new film), Jakks Pacific (larger scale figures), Trevco (apparel), Bioworld (apparel), Rubie's (costumes) and Sideshow Collectibles (statues).

Update (7/15/2013): For Comic-Con 2013, Legendary Pictures is rolling out the deluxe treatment for the King of the Monsters.

Through their site, GodzillaEncounter.com, has begun to build up a viral-style puzzle that is leading into an event this Tuesday. One of the hints allows Comic-Con badge holders to attend by going to GodzillaEncounter.TicketLeap.com and giving the code "SERIZAWA".

Legendary Pictures has also unleashed an art poster, seen to the left, to help promote the event. The poster was released today, Monday July 15th, and shows a Godzilla shaped out of rubble, sporting dorsal fins similar to the character from Godzilla: 2000 Millennium (1999).

Director Gareth Edwards also made a personal address over YouTube, further teasing the upcoming venue.

The production, which will be one of the last Legendary Pictures projects distributed by Warner Bros in the States before they move to Universal, is reported by Variety to be projected to cost around $160 million, which is close to the $185 million budget of the recent Pacific Rim by the same company which had a 75% and 25% budget split between Legendary and Warner Bros respectively.

Furthermore, Toho has also started to drum up their support for the project as well. Toho adviser and Magnitude 7.9 (1980) producer Hideyuki Takai stated that "Godzilla is a signature Japanese character which we have nurtured over the years. We are delighted in rebooting the character together [with Legendary Pictures] to realize its much-anticipated return by fans from all over the world. We are anxious to find out where Godzilla's new stomping will take us."

Update (7/18/2013): Over Twitter, Legendary Pictures has released the latest teaser poster which gives the first glimpse of Godzilla. The image shows the kaiju's tail in the clouds, with a dorsal fin design that is quite unique compared to versions of the character previously seen on the King of the Monsters. The poster gives the vague release date of Summer 2014, although the film is still currently scheduled for May 16, 2014.

Click the image for a larger view.

Update (7/21/2013): Godzilla made a huge splash at Comic-Con over the weekend for its Hall H showing at the event on Saturday, July 20th. Included was a new teaser trailer for Godzilla featuring the cast including Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen, before getting to the meat of the teaser at an airport that is under siege by an insect-like monster destroying everything. Reports have been mixed, with io9 reporting a beetle carapace on the creature, IGN calling it scorpion-like, HitFix calling it mantis-like and LA Times reporting a winged monster that they, and Entertainment Weekly, muse could be Mothra (Battra, Kamacuras or Meganula are more likely possibilities given the villainous role... but it's probably an all new monster).

Suddenly, next to the creature lands Godzilla's foot, as the King of the Monsters towers over the smaller insect. A shot of Godzilla is then seen letting out a roar as he towers over everything in view. Sadly, the footage is currently under lockdown, but hopefully will be screened to the public eventually.

To further drum up interest in the film, besides the teaser, cast and crew interviews were done both on and off the stage. First, Huffington Post snagged a one-on-one interview with director Gareth Edwards. It goes over several details, such as that the film will be an origin story for the monster king. Second, IGN has a video interview with the director, who talks about working on the Godzilla design very extensively with Toho and new metaphors for the creature in today's era. He also mentions that this Godzilla is the tallest one, so it would be over 100 meters tall from that. Finally comes the on stage interviews with the director, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston. The overlying message was that they were approaching this more like an art house project, playing inside Edwards wheelhouse for his work on Monsters, and that the film will have a greater emphasis on the characters and weaving that into a cohesive story with the titular monster. Cranston also admitted to Godzilla being his favorite monster even before joining the project.

Update (7/25/2013): Legendary has posted a small video about the fan reactions to the Godzilla Encounter that was at this year's San Diego Comic Con. Having experienced the Encounter for myself [Chris speaking here!], I have to say it was truly an amazing experience. The last part of the Encounter though, is where the experience really shines. It's the closest you'll ever feel that Godzilla exists and is a living, breathing thing. Kudos to Legendary for such an amazing experience!



Update (8/30/2013): Legendary Pictures has announced that they have found a composer for the upcoming 2014 Godzilla film: selecting French composer Alexandre Desplat. An Academy Award nominated artist, Desplat has done both franchise work, scoring Twilight Saga: New Moon and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 / Part 2, and critically acclaimed movies such as Zero Dark Thirty.

Desplat has been nominated a total of five times by the Academy Awards for his soundtrack work on Argo, The King's Speech, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Queen.

Update (9/26/2013): Advertising agency MJD has won the "Best Platform - Experiential" award for Barnaby Legg's Godzilla Encounter event in San Diego over the summer at the 2013 OMMA Digital Out of Home Award.

Update (12/10/2013): Legendary has posted a new trailer! Check it out below:



In other news, the viral marketing campaign has officially begun.
Join the fun at M.U.T.O Research today...

... and don't forget to check out the new poster and stills!

Included are reaction shots of Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass) and Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), click the two links to view.





Update (12/11/2013):
For our friends across the Pacific, please check out these new Japanese trailers. Included here is the full teaser trailer, while here is a Japanese TV spot for the upcoming 2014 film.

Also check here for a new textless version of yesterday's poster.

Update (12/13/2013): For our friends in Deutschland, please check out the German trailer.

Update (02/20/2014): A new poster for the upcoming Godzilla film has been released, showing the King of the Monsters towering over San Francisco.

While we knew that Godzilla was going to be big, much bigger than normal, this gives a scope of how big. As has been the common observation, Godzilla is roughly twice as big here as the Transamerica Pyramid in San Francisco. That puts him at around 100 stories tall, or 1,000 feet. That also translates out to around 300 meters. This would make him six times as tall as the original Godzilla from Godzilla (1954) and three times as big as the previous largest Godzilla from Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah (1991) assuming these estimates are at least close. However, more the likely, the poster is a slight exaggeration of the monster's true size.

Click the image for a larger view.

Update (02/22/2014): Here are the super high resolution (66 mb) versions of the new Godzilla 2014 poster: with and without text!

Enjoy!

Update (02/24/2014): Empire magazine has shown off their upcoming subscriber bonus cover for their magazine. The April 2014 edition will feature one of the first sanctioned views of the upcoming character's face, although obscured a little.

In addition, Warner Bros. has started distributing the monster's roar. Below is the promotion version, which sounds different than how the character has in past films.



In addition, hidden as an Easter Egg on godzillamovie.com/awakenthetruth/, this is an extended cut of the trailer audio from Bryan Cranston posted on the site.

Update (02/25/2014): The new, FULL trailer for Godzilla 2014 went online today and just like last time, Toho Kingdom has the highest quality version available online! This codec is the type that the CGI artists get to work with. Click below to watch! Be sure to click the HD button to see the highest resolution possible. Enjoy!



Credit goes to Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures for allowing us to share this.

Update (02/26/2014): News and media on the upcoming Godzilla film is really starting to rush in now.

Earlier, Empire Magazine unveiled their subscriber exclusive Godzilla cover. Today, they show off their normal Godzilla cover, seen to the right. The design is less artsy and shows Godzilla head on as ground troops are seen below.

To celebrate, Forbidden Planet will host a magazine signing with the 2014 Godzilla director Gareth Edwards. The signing will be from 6-7PM at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore (located at 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR) on Friday February 28th.

Update (02/28/2014): A new Snicker's commercial has been released, tied into the upcoming Godzilla film.

The extended version is above, while the TV version can be found here.

Update (03/11/2014): Today, March 11th, Godzilla director Gareth Edwards will be participating in a LIVE Q&A event at 5:10pm PST/8:10pm EST on the official Godzilla Facebook page.

Update (03/13/2014): Warner Bros. has released new logos for Godzilla. The logo is very close to the original, although with a change in color. See the images to the left, click for a larger view.

To view the super high resolution versions:

Logo with Kanji HD
Logo with no Kanji HD

Update (03/19/2014): Warner Bros. has released a new international trailer for Godzilla, check it out here. They have also unveiled a new poster, which modifies the tail poster from earlier and places it in a city setting.

Update (03/21/2014): Full speed ahead. Warner Bros. has released yet another poster for the film, this time with troops watching Godzilla while they have flares over their head. Check the image to the left for a high resolution version.

In addition, here is a high resolution version of yesterday's poster with the tail.

Also Collider sat down for an interview with Legendary Pictures CEO and Producer Thomas Tull to talk about Godzilla and all this Legendary. He goes over selecting Gareth Edwards and his hopes for the film.

Update (03/23/2014): Legendary Pictures has released another new poster. Click for a high resolution version.









Update (04/03/2014): In the second part of our 'Meet the Director' series, Gareth Edwards tells us about the advantages of being surrounded by "the best of the best" for the release of Godzilla this May 15!

This week's insightful interview is available for you to feature here:


The full series will be launched on Wednesday each week in the run up to release at https://www.facebook.com/GodzillaMovieUK and it would be amazing if you could ask your fans to like the page to stay up to date with the videos as they are posted. Join us as the British director of this year's biggest monster movie, Gareth Edwards, divulges his experience of taking on the biggest movie of 2014.

Legendary has released a "behind the scenes" video about the creation of the Mondo Poster for the SXSW festival.

Warner Bros. has also been releasing teaser spots online.

"It Can't Be Stopped"


"I Can't Believe This is Happening"


Update (04/06/2014): Three out of the five current International TV spots are now online in the highest possible quality!

"Whatever It Takes"


"Run"


"Calling"


Also, Popular Mechanics has an interview with Gareth Edwards about creating Godzilla. Here is Part 1, and here is Part 2.

Special thanks to Jeff Horne for the head's up on the interview!

Update (04/11/2014): In keeping with a tradition, the highest quality online version of the Extended Trailer for Godzilla is now on Toho Kingdom.



Also, the official Godzilla movie website, Godzillamovie.com, has been updated with not only what I can assume is a track from the film's score, but also two fan contests. One is the "Ultimate Fan Contest" where one makes a video showing everyone how big of a Godzilla fan that they are and the winner gets to fly with a friend to the UK premiere/press junket.

The second, is a fan art contest and the official prize description reads: WE WANT YOU TO CREATE THE MOST EPIC ORIGINAL POSTER CAPTURING GODZILLA'S MASSIVE SCALE AND SCOPE. THE WINNING ARTWORK, SELECTED BY DIRECTOR GARETH EDWARDS, WILL BE DISPLAYED AT THE ICONIC TCL CHINESE THEATRE IMAX IN HOLLYWOOD

Finally, the third installment of Godzilla's 'Meet the Director' series is here! This week Gareth Edwards tells us where he was and how it felt to get THE call for the release of Godzilla this May 15!