2014 Comic-Con: ‘Godzilla 2′ Rumored; Legendary Bringing ‘Crimson Peak’

Published 10 months ago by , Updated July 15th, 2014 at 9:51 am,

2014 comic con godzilla 2 2014 Comic Con: Godzilla 2 Rumored; Legendary Bringing Crimson Peak

Next week is the beginning of the four days of nerdgasm-inducing madness that will be 2014 International Comic-Con in San Diego, California. Two years ago at the ‘Con, Legendary brought along an original intellectual property directed by Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim) to show the folk in Hall H – only for a new installment in a long-running franchise (Godzilla) to steal the thunder, with its “surprise” appearance.

Will history repeat itself at the 2014 ‘Con? Well it very well might in a manner of speaking, seeing how Legendary has confirmed plans to present del Toro’s upcoming horror film Crimson Peak at the event; though, if The Wrap‘s insiders are to be believed, the studio also intends to partly reveal its plans for Godzilla 2, despite the film not being officially part of Legendary’s ‘Con slate this year. (Then again, as mentioned before, Gareth Edwards’ first installment wasn’t confirmed ahead of time for the 2012 ‘Con either, so…)

The Wrap is reporting that, for certain, Legendary will present del Toro’s new film, along with As Above/So Below to the 2014 International ‘Con. The latter is a found-footage horror/thriller written/directed by Drew and John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine, The Poughkeepsie Tapes); expectations are low based on the generally unenthused trailer impressions and the film’s late August theatrical release date, so this Legendary project stands to benefit the most from a solid showing at Comic-Con.

Crimson Peak, by comparison, has already begun generating excitement among the members of del Toro’s fanbase, based on the cast – one that includes Mia Wasikowska, Charlie Hunnam, Jessica Chastain, and Tom Hiddleston – and del Toro’s promise that it will be a gorgeous, brutal, and shocking haunted house throwback more on par with his acclaimed Spanish-language movies from the past (see: Pan’s Labyrinth) than his recent Hollywood efforts. As he did with Pacific Rim, del Toro will attend the ‘Con to promote his newest horror offering.

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Guillermo del Toro returns to Comic-Con in 2014

If Godzilla 2 does have a presence at Legendary’s ‘Con panel, however, it’ll likely be in the form of a conceptual teaser; such was the case with Edwards’ reboot back in 2012, before Legendary repeated the strategy in, 2013, when it screened a Warcraft teaser composed of test footage, for Hall H attendees. Indeed, as a general rule of thumb, the ‘Con “surprises” make the biggest headlines, so it wouldn’t surprise us if a Godzilla 2 appearance managed as much this year (especially if it involves a teaser for the Destroy All Monsters-esque sequel that Edwards has been wanting to make).

Having said all that, it also ought to be mentioned that Edwards is going to direct Star Wars movie before he makes Godzilla 2, so it might be too early to expect something Comic-Con related for the King of Monsters’ sequel. Then again, Warcraft began its ‘Con run properly in 2013 and won’t arrive in theaters until 2016 (same for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice), so if Legendary and Edwards are cooking up something special for the next Godzilla movie, maybe it’ll get a similar head start…

The Legendary Pictures panel at the 2014 International Comic-Con will take place on Saturday, July 26th from 12:25 – 1:10 p.m. in Hall H. Those attending the ‘Con this year will want to peruse through the full schedule of events ahead of time

Source: The Wrap

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  1. Nice, Godzilla is my favourite film of the year so far so a sequel surprise this early would be amazing.

    Legendary seem to have been hitting home runs since Batman Begins so anything by them is pretty much welcomed in my view.

    • Mine too! While the characters could have been improved, Godzilla hit all the right buttons for me. I absolutely loved the old school approach of mostly teasing instead of showing and using steady, cinematic, properly composed shots instead of amateurish shaky cam that seems to be the nauseating norm these days.

      • Yeah, teasing characters like that improves a film so much but apparently, today’s “gimme gimme gimme” society finds it dull for whatever reason.

        I enjoy found footage a lot too but with this kind of film, you need that traditional camera style because Godzilla is just such a cinematic idea that having a character holding a camera at all times doesn’t do it justice.

        • Godzilla was just a HUGE letdown. The movie devoted itself to thinly developed characters without a purpose ( Godzilla himself had no purpose) and it had so many plot inconsisentcies that the suspension of disbelief. excuse couldn’t be used. Also. Aaron Taylor Johnson’s acting! *cringe*

          Aside from that Crimson Peak sounds pretty promising. so far

          • I honestly never noticed the supposed “thinly developed characters” as I saw it, they all did their job just fine as part of a wider narrative (meaning the plot was good enough to chug along at a nice pace without making thin characters stand out all that much) and Godzilla did indeed have a purpose, the narrative even mentioned him as an apex predator that maintains the balance of life on the planet, which worked for me.

            Maybe it was a letdown to you but it was the best film I’ve seen since Dredd (which says a lot because it’s become my new favourite all-time movie, before that, the last truly great film I saw was What Dreams May Come in the late 90s).

            • Yeah. The characters could have used a tiny bit more personality for entertainment value, but otherwise they weren’t thinly developed. I prefer Edward’s sober approach over each character having some kind of wacky spleen to make them stand out of the crowd. This would be Michael Bay/Roland Emmerich territory. I rather prefererred the “regular people in an irregular situation” approach that worked so well in all those 70s disaster movies like Earthquake or The Towering Inferno. Perfect fit for Godzilla.

  2. I thoroughly enjoyed Godzilla even though I do recognise it had flaws (but hey how many perfect movies are there really?)

    While I am excited to hear news regarding the sequel, one thing – I really hope they take their time (I.e. A least few years) in between sequels

    Simply because i thought the fact that Godzilla was used sparingly in the film was really good (yeah I probably wanted to see him more) – but that’s kind of the point since if they had included loads more stuff with him fighting and/or destroying stuff people would have criticised it for doing so and some would have compared it to films like MoS in terms of having to much destruction and what not
    Just make the Godzilla film franchise a rare and momentous event (like a James Cameron film) – that way it will lower the chances of audiences getting tired of seeing the monster
    Plus if they can maintain or improve from this film each time then simply seeing Godzilla on the upcoming movies list a few years away will create a positive buzz without even needing to do anything

    • Yup… at the end of the flick I want to be left wanting more instead of feeling overfed twenty minutes before the movie even ends.

  3. I agree with everybody who posted on this section (except for tyler,who I could’nt disagree with enough). Godzilla (2014) had the right pacing,action,drama and best of all,the spectacle;combined to make this,if not the best Godzilla ever,then definitely ONE of the best,for sure.