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
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
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."
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
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.
(2/8/2013): 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
(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
at least another monster besides Godzilla and that the
story is based from the perspective of a soldier.
(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
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
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.
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).
(7/15/2013): For Comic-Con 2013, Legendary Pictures
is rolling out the deluxe treatment for the King of the
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
2000 Millennium (1999).
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."
(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.
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
To further drum up interest in the film, besides the teaser,
cast and crew interviews were done both on and off the stage.
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,
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
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!
(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
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.
(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
... and don't forget to check out the new poster and stills!
(12/11/2013): For our friends across the Pacific,
please check out these new Japanese trailers. Included below is the full teaser trailer, while here is a Japanese TV spot for the upcoming 2014 film.
Also, if you'll
look to your right, you'll see the unveiling of a new textless
version of yesterday's poster:
(12/13/2013): For our friends in Deutschland,
please check out this new
(02/20/2014): A new poster for the upcoming Godzilla
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
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.
Here are the super high resolution (66 mb) versions of the
new Godzilla 2014 poster: with
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.
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.