Godzilla Set Video Jumps Out Of A Helicopter

At this point, filming for director Gareth Edward’s Godzilla franchise reboot is well under way in Vancouver, B.C. While there’s sure to be a glut of giant monster action in the film, there’s going to be a ton of military action as well. This new video from the Canadian set gives you a look at the human side of the coin.

The video shows a group of stunt performers, dressed as military personnel, rappelling from a helicopter hovering over Vancouver’s Golden Ears Park, which is a brilliant name for a park.

There’s already been behind-the-scenes footage of a train carrying large missiles for the production. Apparently the train crashes, and this is part of the military effort to recover the lost nuclear weapons from the wreckage, which you can see scattered about on the ground below the soldiers. You don’t want to just leave weapons like that lying around where anyone can stumble across them.



Sally Hawkins Joins Godzilla

hawkinsDon’t worry. That small feeling of nausea you get in the pit of your stomach every time you read anything about Gareth Edwards’ upcoming Godzilla reboot is perfectly natural, because almost nothing about it makes for any sort of coherent sense. I mean, it makes more sense than Matthew Broderick in a monster movie, but that’s a given. But everyone involved with this film swings to the positive side, and it’s added even more quality talent.

British actress Sally Hawkins has taken Godzilla‘s last leading role, a week into the film’s production. Hawkins, a star of stage, big screen and little screen, was last seen in Mike Newell’s adaptation of Dickens’ Great Expectations and Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre adaptation, but I remember her best from Layer Cake. She won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Comedy or Musical for her role in Mike Leigh’s 2008 dramedy Happy-Go-Lucky.

Her role wasn’t specified at all, and it’s just known that she’ll play a scientist, presumably one running for her life at some point. She joins the star-studded cast that includes Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, David Strathairn and Juliette Binoche. IF only they could cast Gary Busey as Godzilla. That’s a movie I’d see without further encouragement.

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David S. Goyer Talks About The Godzilla Reboot Script

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As production gets underway on Gareth Edwards’ follow-up to his directorial debut Monsters, it’s exciting to think about what’s going into making the Godzilla reboot. While screenwriter and ex-Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont was the final writer to polish the screenplay, many other writers took their turn with the epic monster movie. One of them was screenwriter David S. Goyer.

In an interview with Collider,  Goyer talked about what went into re-writing the film for Edwards and Legendary Pictures. Goyer has written a number of blockbuster genre movies, including The Dark Knight trilogy, the Blade trilogy, and the upcoming Man of Steel for director Zack Snyder. Goyer revealed what went into his time with Godzilla:

[I was involved with Godzilla] a little bit. I mean I did three or four weeks of work on Godzilla, it wasn’t a page-one rewrite or anything like that. The term is ‘script doctoring,’ is what I did on it.

I did jump at the chance [to do it] but one of the reasons why I only did three weeks was because I was very busy. The good news/bad news about where I’m at in my career now is I get offered a lot of cool things and I can’t always work on them because my dance card’s often full. I’ve definitely had to — there’ve been some ones that have gotten away that I wish I could’ve worked on.



Guillermo Del Toro Would Love A Pacific Rim/Godzilla Crossover Movie

Pacific Rim rocket punchBetween Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim and the impending Godzilla reboot, it’s a promising time for giant freakin’ monsters. But while the two movies won’t even share the same year of release, at least one person is already dreaming of ways to connect them. And by connect them I mean “a Pacific Rim mech punching Godzilla in the throat.”

To be fair, a Pacific Rim/Godzilla crossover movie is likely just a fanboy pipe dream, but you never know. Legendary Pictures is helping produce both, so maybe they’ll decide it’s time for the giant monster equivalent of The Avengers. But if it is just a fanboy pipe dream, Pacific Rim director Guillermo del Toro is one of those fanboys. At WonderCon last week, Collider caught up with del Toro and asked him about Pacific Rim 2, and the chances of that hypothetical Godzilla crossover actually happening.

So far with the sequel, what we’re writing, what we’re creating, is very different, so there are no plans. Hypothetically, I would love the fuck out of it. I would love to see a jaeger and Godzilla duke it out. That would be too much for the human brain. But I don’t think there are plans on that. I don’t even know what direction they’re taking Godzilla in. I know somewhat that it’s grounded differently. Pacific Rim, my aspiration was, the color, the saturation of color, was almost an acid-drip version of the Heavy Metal coloring that I loved when Richard Corben was working there, when [Jean-Claude] Forest was working there. Super bright, super saturated, the crazy color and aesthetic. And Godzilla is more realistic, somewhat. That’s my thinking. That’s what I’ve heard. I don’t even know which way they’re going.

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Godzilla Sends Giant Missiles To Vancouver

Well, this has to be the eeriest thing you’d ever see rolling through your back yard, especially when you take into consideration North Korean threats to nuke as much of the West Coast of the United States as possible. This video, however, is not nearly as sinister as it appears on the surface. The footage of a train hauling missiles through Vancouver, British Columbia, is a product of Hollywood’s latest attempt to make a Godzilla movie.

The best part about this clip is how cavalier the people filming are about watching a collection of giant weapons roll past their home. They’re more concerned with the baying of the family dog, and their only response is a calm, “It’s got a big missile on it again.” So it doesn’t appear that this is the first time they’ve witnessed such a scenario.



Original Godzilla Star Will Make A Cameo Appearance In Reboot

Production on Gareth Edwards’ reboot of Godzilla began last week, and there have already been location photos and videos leaking out of the Vancouver International Airport shooting location. But as Gareth Edwards celebrates the first week of production on the monster movie, Legendary Pictures has released a new image of Edwards with the star of the original Japanese movie, Akira Takarada.