Elizabeth Olsen Confirms ‘Godzilla’ Talks; Promises the Film is ‘Not Lighthearted’

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There are two potential obstacles that could obstruct production from beginning on Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla remake next month: 1) The dispute between Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. based producers Roy Lee and Dan Lin – who brought the rights to Legendary – which could end up in court, and 2) Frank Darabont’s script revisions, which must be finished before any casting is finalized. However, for the time being, neither looks to stop the project from moving forward on-schedule.

We learned last week the Godzilla human cast looks to include Elizabeth Olsen, who is a rising star after her strong performances in the films Martha Marcy May Marlene and Silent House. The actress (formerly known as ‘the other Olsen sister’) confirmed her involvement at the 2013 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony, where she was (appropriately) nominated for the EE Rising Star Award that ended up going to fellow young starlet Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For).

Olsen has earned her reputation from challenging roles – such as the emotionally-damaged cult-escapee of Martha and the terrified young woman in Silent House – and continues that trend later this year, with her role as a reserved social worker in Spike Lee’s Oldboy remake. Hence, those who haven’t been following our Godzilla coverage might’ve been surprised when her name became connected with a reboot of a series that’s long embraced campy monster mayhem.

She addressed that at the BAFTAs, saying:

“It’s funny [because] someone earlier was saying ‘Oh, that’s so crazy you’re doing something [like moving] from a serious drama to something as lighthearted as Godzilla.’ Well, all I could say it’s not lighthearted. It’s kinda going back to its roots of the original Japanese film.”

Godzilla Fan Art by Cheung Chungtat Elizabeth Olsen Confirms Godzilla Talks; Promises the Film is Not Lighthearted

These comments gel with what we’ve known since the Godzilla presentation at Comic-Con, where Edwards premiered some teaser footage as grave and somber in tone as the original 1954 film. Darabont has likewise voiced his desire to return the franchise to its terrifying, metaphorical, roots after several decades and cheesy installments that reduced Godzilla to (as he puts it) “Clifford the Big Red Dog [or rather] the mascot of Japan.”

Here is how Darabont describes the approach (for more, go HERE):

“What we’re trying to do with the new movie is not have it camp, not have it be campy. We’re kind of taking a cool new look at it. But with a lot of tradition in the first film. We want this to be a terrifying force of nature. And what was really cool, for me, is there was a very compelling human drama that I got to weave into it. It’s not that cliched, thinly disguised romance or bromance, or whatever. It’s different, it’s a different set of circumstances than you’re used to seeing. And that’s tremendously exciting as a writer when you’re asked to do something else.”

The previous screenplay drafts were penned by Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) and Max Borenstein (The Seventh Son), working from a story by David S. Goyer. Much like Goyer’s script for director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel approaches Superman as if the superhero were a real person, Edwards says his intention with the Godzilla remake is to imagine what might happen if the building-sized radioactive creature actually existed in our modern world.


Godzilla opens in theaters on May 16th, 2014 – and yes it’s arriving in 3D.


Godzilla Fan Art Image by cheungchungtat

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  1. I really hope this movie does well, while I did enjoy the 98 Godzilla film, i more viewed it as just another monster movie instead of a Godzilla movie. Here’s hoping it catches that Godzilla vibe!

    • I haven’t, Antarctica, but I must say I find you strangely attractive. Meet at 10 for drinks?

    • The 1950′s lived under the gray gloom of a virtual nuclear cloud, a cold war, and the threat of radioactivity–and yet the Godzilla creature in the original 1954 version is hokey as hell. With a low-budget and without apology the lizard morphed into a monster and you laughed your ass off at the damn thing (…and still do) so the theme is dramatic but visualization a joke.

      Roland Emmerich’s 1998 rendition of “GODZILLA” (terrific poster, by the way) the opposite is true: It’s dark and campy, both; a movie that never makes up its mind about what it wants from the audience more: chuckles or scares. The CGI is topnotch…as I am certain this (next) remake will be. Elizabeth Olsen being attached suggests some serious intent, but the roots of the original story is about as “mixed” as the Emmerich version.

      The 1954 films is an icon; the 1998 remake was a moneymaker. Not sure what they expect out of this reboot besides MORE money, of course. Do we need a reiteration of this story, theme and genre? For this new generation, I suppose, if they don’t screw it up.

  2. SWEET!

  3. I think it would be cool if they had the character Steve Martin (Raymond Burr) appear in this film. Who would be able to play him today?

    • Steve Martin of course lol

    • Jon Hamm.

    • John Goodman as Steve Martin.

  4. Please be epic so we can get a sequel and start paying real respect to godzilla. I hope we see godzilla battle other monsters and eventually we get Godzilla v Mechagodzilla or space godzilla.

    • i dont think godzilla vs mechagodzilla would work now. the general population would think it was to close to Pacific Rim after it is released and might even accused them of copying Pacific Rim.

      I personally dont think mechagodzilla is a strong villian, especially the human made one. better than mothra, but i would rather see King Ghidorah.

      Or Orga from Godzilla 2000, I would love to see that monster again. disappointed we have only gotten one film with him.

      SpaceGodzilla would be cool as well.

      As excited as I am for this film (its my most anticipated film for 2014) I hope it leads to Toho to start making godzilla films again to. After Final Wars, they said they would take 5 to 10 years off from making Godzilla films. Well in 2014 it will have been ten years so wouldnt it be cool to have an American AND Japanese Godzilla film released around the same time?

      • Toho wont make anymore Godzilla films for a while regardless.

        If the 2014 is a success then they will want Legendary to continue to make Godzilla films as i read Legendary Pictures has the right’s to Godzilla till 2022, No Joke. Which gives them enough time for a Trilogy if proven a success. Also if its such a big property they might just try an renew the contract to keep hold of Godzilla when before it expires.

        If Legendary’s film bombs then why make another Godzilla film if it isn’t in public demand? They did that with the 98 film an it lead to the average 2000 series with only 1 real successful film. So they will probably keep Godzilla retired for another 5 – 10 years an then try making a new film to see if they can bring Godzilla back.

        So either way you look at it, This is Godzilla’s second big shot an so far it looks like they are trying there hardest to get it right. Hopefully people will give Godzilla a second chance.

    • Back in the 50s/60s era GODZILLA battled King Kong. (Yeah, that’s right.) You say “serious”? Get real.

  5. This is great news, and very cool. I want Godzilla to succeed, for many reason, first and foremost because he’s just super cool, second because it about time he was done right in the movies.

    I remember when Cloverfield came out and the rumors that it was actually Godzilla in the movie. Glad it wasn’t , although I loved Cloverfield. Godzilla can be done right, with a good story, cast and script, let’s just hope it is.

  6. Godzilla is the only Monster thats an anti hero/hero, he went from destroyish Japan to losing to King Kong depending on which version you’ve seen. For some reason, I can not find the version of King Kong vs Godzilla where Godzilla won.

    His team-ups with Rodan and Mothra against the 3 headed Dragon are classics, as well as the older versions of the team-ups agaisnt Megalon, and Mecha-Godzilla. I really hope, they do this version right, it really doesnt matter to me, what human is atrring in this movie,, because it is not about them

    • thats a common mistake people make about godzilla vs king kong. neither one really “wins” in either version. kong swims away in both versions. it was a rumor started way back when that godzilla wins in the japanese version but now that has been debunked. but remember, godzilla for the most part lives in the ocean so just because we dont see him swimming on the surface, doesnt mean he swam away underneath.

      • Anybody in my age group (47), and who’s seen King Kong vs Godzilla during the 70s, when such saturday & sunday matinees such as creature features or chiller were the regular know King Kong may have been swimming back to his island, but before the movie cuts out to black, you can hear Godzilla’s distinct roar. So I assume he made it out of that utterly rediculous movie. I loved the 1st movie, and bought the original Japanese version, which came with the American version alongside it. I recommend watching the Japanese version if u can deal with the subtitles and nature if the annoying gibberish the language sounds like. Hope this new version gets an R rating (wishful thinking), but won’t to make as much as possible. I’mnot holding out much hope that this version will be any better then the rest of the crap they’ve released along the way. Lets pray fans for the real deal !

  7. GODZILLA is the STAR here,not any Humans !!!!
    They get it all wrong ! Why cast those guys anyway ? Most screen time should be showing the Monsters Battle it out !!

    This goes all wrong again ! Couple of weeks Frank mentioned it already..its about the Human Dram in this situation,not about Monsters battle !
    Really lose all Hope here !

    The Director had it right at the beginning,then all those stupid realistic guys came in and started changing a geeks movie to a serious dram with monsters as it seems ! :(

    • So you’d rather have a movie about Godzilla rampaging around a city with no human interaction at all?

      This is gonna be about a monster attack with only Godzilla and no other monsters and you need the human element to give an audience someone to relate to.

      How would you feel if your city was being destroyed by something terrifying that had never been seen before? That’s what the human characters are for, to show how normal people will react.

      Cloverfield was such an awesome movie because it took the Jaws approach of barely showing the monster while giving us normal people caught up in the middle of something insane and beyond comprehension. The only problem people had with it was the first person view and the dizzying effect that watching home video footage gave them (although it wasn’t an issue to me and I saw it three times at the theatre and 7 times at home on DVD or on TV).

      The problem Godzilla had in the 98 movie was that we had a military guy and a scientist and we just couldn’t relate to them, plus the romance between the scientist and the TV news girl that just didn’t fit in.

      I have absolute faith in this iteration of Godzilla and I’m not even the huge Godzilla fan that some of you are (although I have seen quite a few of the movies).

      I think people are too quick to complain these days instead of embracing it. I mean, The Walking Dead and Game Of Thrones are immensely popular and they have a realistic take on zombies and other fantasy elements so why poo-poo a realistic take on Godzilla?

      • I never said that, just saying that the human element wasn’t really that important exscept to explain what they thought was the nature of Godzilla and anyone can do that. No star power needed.

        That was the problem with Coverfield, you barely saw the monster, no one knew it’s origin.

        I agree with the cameras used and the dizzying effeect, i tend to stay away from first person movies.

  8. If she’s cast, she’ll definitely be running and screaming in the movie.

  9. Gotta have Jet Jaguar!

    • ^^^^ +11

  10. I wish I could say I wasn’t excited. But I honestly am. I’m more excited for this than I’ve been excited for any form of media in a long time. It looks really awesome. I’m hyped.

  11. I can hear the dubstep & Inception horns playing already.

    • Amen to that lol

    • HAS to be, doesn’t it? :-D

  12. She has nice teeth. I like her teeth…

    I’m hoping this isn’t a straight remake of the Original…

  13. I am bummed to say I have never seen a Godzilla movie but I have seen the original kong if that counts for anything, but all the actors circling the leads Johnson, Crantson, and Olsen I think are all terrific actors I think this is sounding up to be good I’m in for sure I want o give it a shot. So my question to all you fans, what take the Godzilla movies I must see? Let me know if you get a chance

    • The original, Gidorah – The Three Headed Monster,Invasion of the Astro-Monster Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla, Godzilla Vs. Destoroyah, Godzilla 2000. Those are some of the better films in the series and will give you a good idea of what Godzilla is all about. Personal favorite: either the original, or Destoroyah.

  14. I hope Godzilla doesn’t look anywhere close to that concept art. He looks like a bayformer. In my opinion less is more, detail-wise.

  15. This movie deserves someonewith skills in writing awsome material such as frank darabont. Shawshank redemption, green mile, and the first 2 seasons if walking dead say enough to convince me this possibly could be an excellent movie. Thats if they can keep him and get thru the bs between warner bro and legendary. I can hope, but won’t put all my eggs in 1 basket. If it turns into a circus and they rush production, it will end up a joke like that crap from “98″, with it laying eggs in MSG. Spare me and make a freakn’ good horror movie !