The Godzilla reboot has been a long time coming. Roland Emmerich almost killed the franchise forever with his terrible 1998 version of the giant beast. With about five months until its unleashed in theaters, genre fans are getting ready to experience Godzilla in all of its movie monster glory. With the film wrapped and now in post-production, new behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast has now emerged and it looks like the new Godzilla reboot might be full of suspense and action.
Entertainment Tonight Canada released a video of their set visit on Godzilla in Vancouver, British Columbia this past summer. The interviews include leads Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, and Sally Hawkins. We’re finally starting to get a good sense of what the film is going to be like once it’s released this May. According to Cranston, “They’re taking a very restrained approach to this, so much like Jaws did. Steven Spielberg didn’t always show the beast. Its essence is present. It’s there and it’s moving and you know it and it’s creepy, so the tension will mount for sure.”
It’s interesting to hear Cranston compare Godzilla to Jaws, in terms of tension and restraint. Part of why Jaws remains so successful is that Steven Spielberg knew that showing less of the shark would make it more frightening and intense. However, once you see the shark attack, the tension has to be relieved in the form of terror. It’s interesting because unlike a shark in water, Godzilla is considerably bigger and will have very little space to maneuver or hide in an open city. We should give Cranston and director Gareth Edwards the benefit of the doubt though because the idea of the new Godzilla movie being like the movie Jaws is damn exciting and fun.
Recently, an image of a new Godzilla toy shows us the appearance of the King of Monsters. Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures are playing coy with what the new Godzilla monster will look like, so this image of the toy line is the closest resemblance of the monster until the movie studio releases an official first look.
At the moment, there are no plot details available for the reboot, aside from the brief plot synopsis from Warner Bros, which reads, “An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.” While vague, it seems as if the new movie might feature other creatures or more than one monster other than Godzilla.
Screenwriter and former former-Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont, who revised the final version of the script, called the film a “force of nature.” British filmmaker Edwards directed Godzilla movie, following up on his directorial debut Monsters from 2010. The reboot features Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston, and Sally Hawkins, with Akira Takarada putting in a special cameo appearance.
Godzilla stomps into theaters everywhere on May 16, 2014, in 3D and IMAX.