Anne Hathaway explored the far reaches of outer space in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar in 2014, but her next venture into the science fiction genre will revolve around the Oscar-winner forming a strange connection with a giant reptilian monster. That, in a nutshell, is the premise for the upcoming feature film Colossal, a project that has secured Hathaway as its lead ahead of being shopped to foreign buyers at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
Colossal is a movie being written and directed by Nacho Vigalondo, the Oscar-nominated Spanish filmmaker who put his name on the map with the 2007 time-travel thriller Timecrimes. He’s continued to explore technology-related themes with his recent work (like the 2014 cyber-thriller Open Windows), though Vigalondo has also contributed to the recent horror anthology films V/H/S: Viral (the “Parallel Monsters” segment) and The ABCs of Death (the “A Is for Apocalypse” segment).
THR is reporting that Colossal – described as “Godzilla meets Lost in Translation” – will star Hathaway as Gloria, a woman who moves back to her small hometown in search of a fresh start, after both losing her job and breaking up with her fiancé in New York. However, when a huge lizard monster attacks Tokyo, Gloria gradually realizes that has a psychic connection to the event – and sets out to determine why, in order to stop the giant creature from causing further harm.
Vigalondo has described the Colossal screenplay as being his “most ambitious script so far, and probably also the most personal one.” The project is being financed by Voltage Pictures (Dallas Buyers Club), and the company’s CEO Nicolas Chartier has done his part to further build hype for the film – describing Vigalondo’s script as “an extraordinarily unique piece of material,” via his official statement on the matter.
Indeed, Voltage has a track record of funding director’s strange sci-fi visions – most recently, with Terry Gilliam’s dystopian feature, The Zero Theorem – as well as ventures more personal in their nature (see: Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon) and prestigious Oscar-winning material (The Hurt Locker, in addition to Dallas Buyers Club). So Colossal sounds right up Voltage’s alley.
Colossal, by the sound of it, will fall into the Twilight Zone-inspired camp of science-fiction – playing out as an intriguing, if possibly heavy-handed, sci-fi parable that includes some obvious subtext related to the experiences of Hathaway’s character in the narrative. Vigalondo’s “Parallel Monsters” segment from the third V/H/S installment was likewise a Twilight Zone-esque story, albeit one that combined its “What if?” scenario with more clear-cut horror elements (to mixed results, perhaps).
Cerebral science-fiction isn’t necessarily as marketable as other sci-fi sub-genres, but as evidenced by the recent release of Ex Machina, there’s certainly an audience for more slow-burn, thought-provoking sci-fi fare along the lines of Colossal. Hathaway is just the latest A-list talent to sign on for such an upcoming project; other examples include Amy Adams appearing in the upcoming alien contact drama Story of Your Life from director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners), as well as Natalie Portman having just boarded sci-fi drama/thriller Annihilation from Ex Machina writer/director Alex Garland.
The short of it: no matter what flavor of science-fiction you prefer, now is a good time to be a general sci-fi cinephile, whether you prefer the more intimate auteur-lite material (like Colossal) and/or the spectacle-heavy franchise fare that Hollywood continues to churn out (upcoming examples including Jurassic World, Pacific Rim 2, and so forth).
We’ll bring you more information on Colossal when we have it.