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."
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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