With Hollywood’s current trend of big robot movies with Pacific Rim and Transformers, it was only a matter of time before giant monsters took over major studios. Hence
Godzilla. Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros has been very quiet thus far with marketing, keeping the film under wraps for now. However, the cover a new book cover that has surfaced on Amazon may point to Godzilla’s new look.
Godzilla-Movies spotted the cover art for the book Godzilla: With Light and Sound!, though the image was immediately taken down from Amazon once it started circulating on the Internet like wild fire. While an image of King of all Monsters emerged from a licensing expo in Brazil, the book cover features the first full-body image of the giant radioactive monster, and he looks really impressive. This new incarnation looks more like the original, and vastly better than in Roland Emmerich’s 1998 version. The book from Running Press is available for pre-order. Here’s the official description:
Figurine of Godzilla monster with “fire-breathing” light emanating from his mouth, plus audio of his iconic roar. The 48-page book featuring history, memorable quotes, and full-color photos from the movie.
There has not been much activity on the Godzilla front since San Diego Comic-Con last July. Director Gareth Edwards presented the movie to the Hall H crowd, and he answered questions about the film’s look and tone. According to Edwards, the movie takes a more realistic approach to the source material. Considering Edwards’ first film, the micro-budget indie Monsters from 2010—a film that was more character-based than action-based—it seems like the British director was the best possible person to bring Godzilla back to the big screen.
Aside from a few viral offerings, Warner Bros hasn’t officially started the promotional tour of Godzilla yet. It seems that a teaser trailer could likely be released before The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which comes out on December 13, or before Grudge Match, which opens on Christmas Day. Regardless, the studios are playing Godzilla close to the vest.
Here’s the official description of Godzilla from Legendary:
An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
Godzilla features a world-class cast including Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elisabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston, and Sally Hawkins, with Akira Takarada putting in a special cameo appearance. The screenplay has seen its fair share of rewrites from screenwriters the likes of Max Borenstein, Drew Pearce, David S. Goyer, and David Callaham. Former-Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont, who revised the final version of the script, also called the film a “force of nature.”
Godzilla stomps into theaters everywhere on May 16, 2014, in 3D and IMAX.