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Comic Con: Godzilla panel! New footage shown!

Jul. 20, 2013by:
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The big boy came back to San Diego. Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures brought Gareth EdwardsGODZILLA to Hall H earlier today, with Edwards, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and Bryan Cranston in attendance.

First they showed the “mood piece” teaser that they brought last year (I don’t know why they haven’t released it officially yet), and then after some chatter they brought out their latest trailer. It’s probably not the one they’ll ultimately release (after all, they only just finished shooting and the film doesn’t come out until next May), but it had some moments in it that made me drool.

- The trailer’s first half is essentially made up of a lot of military/scientific imagery: army men, people in hazmat suits, soldiers surveying a scene of carnage, a gigantic missile being transported on a locomotive, etc. There is no dialogue, and all of the shots last a few seconds, tops. It actually kind of looks like a big-budget version of Edwards first movie, MONSTERS.

- We glimpse Cranston running down a hallway, David Strathairn looking like a military dude, and a few quick shots of Olsen, Ken Watanabe and Juliet Binoche. You see Taylor-Johnson on a train that looks to be under attack from something.

- There’s no real indication of what this movie is (if you walked in unaware, I mean) until the second half, which shows us a gigantic praying mantis-like monster destroying what looked like an elevated train and then an airport. Hard to describe this creature in detail since it’s all such a blur, but it definitely had an “huge insect’ vibe. It destroys a helicopter, which then crashes into a plane, causing a huge ball of fire. (Looked awesome). Then we see Godzilla’s foot enter the frame. We never get a good look at him, but it’s clear he’s about to square off with this other monster. And he is definitely bigger.

 

The film is obviously quite serious in tone; Edwards clearly meant what he said when he commented that his version of GODZILLA takes the “what would it be like if this really happened?” approach. Appears to tackle the subject of a monster attack very “believably,” if you can imagine that.

Here are some highlights from the panel:

- Edwards said they just finished shooting literally two days ago. They hopped on a plane in Hawaii and jetted straight to San Diego. (Most of the film’s production took place in Canada, however. Cranston joked that a Canadian Godzilla is really nice and helpful.)

- Edwards said that Warner Bros. and Legendary have been incredibly supportive. The crew told him they’ve never worked on a film like this in terms of the creative freedom he was allowed.

- Olsen said she expected it to be a different experience because of how big it was, but in fact it felt very small and creative. They were always on set “going at it,” so it felt like an independent. She plays a nurse and a mother in the film.

- Taylor-Johnson said Edwards brings an intimacy to the proceedings. He referred to it as a “big budget art film.”

 

- Cranston said that Godzilla was always his favorite monster when he was young, because he was unapologetic. (Unlike King Kong, who was sort of a tragic figure.) He was hesitant to tackle it because of how huge it was, but a talk with Edwards convinced him it was a good project. (Also seeing MONSTERS helped sway him.) He said GODZILLA is very character-driven.

- As usual, Cranston owned. (He makes every panel approx. 100X better.) When host Chris Hardwick said they "had something to show you," Cranston stood up and made like he was about to undo his pants. Then he said "That's what I call it, Godzilla."

- Edwards said that they were never allowed to reveal the title of the film while shooting, its code-name was “Nautilus.” They even lied to customs about it. Edwards remarked that one customs agent found out who he was and what he was actually shooting and told him he better not f*ck it up.

- Edwards also made it clear that the film is very faithful to the Toho classics. (There were people from Toho in the hall.) He said it was always his intention that it feels like it’s part of the Toho legacy; a “true” Godzilla movie. He said it has “heart and soul.”

That's about it, kids. Hopefully they release at least ONE of these teasers online soon. In the meantime, be sure to check out our GODZILLA Fan Experience article right HERE.

Extra Tidbit: GODZILLA opens on May 16, 2014.
Source: JoBlo.com

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11:17AM on 07/21/2013

hopeful

Godzilla is the type of franchise that is made for sequels and remakes. Godzilla was my favorite when I was a kid, and I'm hoping this is a well made version for US audiences. This was my favorite toy for years, even long after I lost the firing fist... [link]
Godzilla is the type of franchise that is made for sequels and remakes. Godzilla was my favorite when I was a kid, and I'm hoping this is a well made version for US audiences. This was my favorite toy for years, even long after I lost the firing fist... [link]
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3:57AM on 07/21/2013
Dieing for a teaser or trailer. I want to see the carnage and all of Godzilla already!
Dieing for a teaser or trailer. I want to see the carnage and all of Godzilla already!
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2:40AM on 07/21/2013
Love me some giant praying mantis attack action.
Love me some giant praying mantis attack action.
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1:49AM on 07/21/2013
Looks like we have a winner! I've never been this excited to see a movie trailer before.
Looks like we have a winner! I've never been this excited to see a movie trailer before.
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1:25AM on 07/21/2013
I think this is going to be a winner! I still remember the days of me and my brother watching these movies! I sadly also remember loving the American remake when i was like 12.
I think this is going to be a winner! I still remember the days of me and my brother watching these movies! I sadly also remember loving the American remake when i was like 12.
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9:44PM on 07/20/2013
"Oh man did I step on your house? I am so sorry, eh. SKREEEOOOOONGGGG!!!!" :D
Really, knowing that this movie will have Gojira fighting another monster already makes me want to line up for the tickets right now!
"Oh man did I step on your house? I am so sorry, eh. SKREEEOOOOONGGGG!!!!" :D
Really, knowing that this movie will have Gojira fighting another monster already makes me want to line up for the tickets right now!
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9:25PM on 07/20/2013
I'm waiting to get excited for this as I've never been a massive Godzilla fan. The rubber suits never really made the whole thing epic enough for me. But I am excited for Cranston and Johnson's involvement in this. They are great actors. And if this does nail down the whole monster movie feel the way it should be done, then I will be very excited. It's also kind of a pleasant surprise to find out that other monsters will be involved in this as well. The Giant Praying Mantis is part of the Toho
I'm waiting to get excited for this as I've never been a massive Godzilla fan. The rubber suits never really made the whole thing epic enough for me. But I am excited for Cranston and Johnson's involvement in this. They are great actors. And if this does nail down the whole monster movie feel the way it should be done, then I will be very excited. It's also kind of a pleasant surprise to find out that other monsters will be involved in this as well. The Giant Praying Mantis is part of the Toho monster line, so it's cool to see something like that here.
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9:00PM on 07/20/2013

Love what I'm hearing.

I'm really happy with the casting and the crew that's been put together here. I was soured on the possibility of another Godzilla film ever being made after the last attempt, but with Gareth Edwards making this one, I've got a lot more faith. The fact that he approached it as a "big budget art film" and wanted to make this as grounded in reality as possible makes me think that we are going to have the Batman Begins of giant lizard flicks. I'm still a bit skeptical, but I'm more than likely
I'm really happy with the casting and the crew that's been put together here. I was soured on the possibility of another Godzilla film ever being made after the last attempt, but with Gareth Edwards making this one, I've got a lot more faith. The fact that he approached it as a "big budget art film" and wanted to make this as grounded in reality as possible makes me think that we are going to have the Batman Begins of giant lizard flicks. I'm still a bit skeptical, but I'm more than likely gonna give this a shot.
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