Hollywood may be too in love with recycling old material, but the best stories endure through the ages and the countless re-interpretations/re-imaginings that come with them. Two such upcoming projects – Godzilla and Maleficent – look to bring something new and meaningful to an old-famliar song, in the process of (hopefully) exciting a young generation with a refreshing spin on an oldie and endearing more seasoned moviegoers with a different perspective on a story they already know quite well.
Godzilla (2014) is a contemporary take on the long-running sci-fi/horror franchise, which sets the eponymous giant monster on a rampage in our modern-day world. The human cast includes future Avengers: Age of Ultron costars Aaron-Taylor Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen, along with Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Ken Watanabe (Inception), as ordinary people who try and stop the mysterious beast/force of nature from wiping out human civilization during its rampage.
Austin-based studio Mondo has design an exclusive Godzilla poster (via Yahoo! Movies) for the ongoing 2014 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival in Texas, which you can have a look at below. In addition, those who’re in town for the SXSW event can go a special screening of Ishirô Honda’s original 1954 Godzilla movie on Tuesday, March 11th at 9:30 p.m. at the Ritz Alamo Theater in downtown Austin. The director of the new Godzilla, Gareth Edwards, will host the event.
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Maleficent is Walt Disney Pictures’ live-action take on Sleeping Beauty – a fairy tale that the studio famously adapted as a 2D animated feature in 1959 – albeit, as told (and expanded upon) from the perspective of its villainous namesake, brought to life here by Oscar-winner Angelina Jolie. The supporting cast includes Elle Fanning (Super 8), Sharlto Copley (Elysium), Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who), Juno Temple (Killer Joe) and Brenton Thwaites (Oculus), in a film that was directed by Robert Stromberg (the Oscar-winning art director on Avatar).
The Mouse House has unveiled a new U.S. poster for Maleficent – featuring Jolie character (with her head-horns and finely-chiseled cheekbones) front and center – ahead of a new trailer dropping online, which should happen sometime this week. In addition, the French one-sheet has been revealed, with Fanning as the slumbering Princess Aurora superimposed against the backdrop of Jolie’s stone-hearted sorceress.
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Between the two, it’s fair to say that anticipation (among geeks, anyway) is much higher for Godzilla right now, with the trailers for Edwards’ re-envisioning of the Kaiju icon suggesting a film that is exciting and thought-provoking all at once – with a new screen version of the Godzilla monster that is genuinely menacing and terrifying to behold.
Jolie’s casting in Maleficent feels spot-on, while the movie’s trailers have been rich with gorgeous visual (effects, costumes, etc.). More importantly, here the Sleepy Beauty story appears to have been re-purposed in a way that fits the current zeitgeist. However, many feel that the recent Disney live-action fairy tales (Alice in Wonderland and Oz the Great and Powerful) have been equally flashy, yet there were ultimately proven to be hollow – thus, expectations have been lowered a bit, for this new fantasy adventure.
Godzilla opens in U.S. theaters on May 16th, 2014, followed by Maleficent two weeks later on May 30th.
Source: Yahoo! Movies, Walt Disney Pictures