News: Kaiju For You! Big Monster Movies On the Horizon

Pacific Rim Movie Poster

If you’re like me, and the sight of Tokyo getting smashed by giant radioactive monsters sets your heart aflutter, then this is a great time to be alive. Over the next 12 to 24 months fans can look forward to not just one, but two kaiju films: Legendary Pictures’ GODZILLA reboot, and Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim!

Both have been in development for awhile but up until now details have been few and far between. Thanks to San Diego Comic Con this past weekend, these movies are back on the radar, as the press and some lucky fans got a first look at teasers and new artwork. Sadly, the rest of us will have to wait a little while longer to see the trailers, but we’ve got artwork, video, and even an illicit still of the “big guy” below!

First up is Pacific Rim, a movie about an epic war between man and Kaiju. From the official press release:

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

That’s right folks – it’s Mecha vs. Kaiju! Del Toro is directing Pacific Rim from a script by Travis Beacham (Clash of the Titans), and it stars Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy), Idris Elba (Thor), and Ron Perlman (Hellboy).

Pacific Rim is scheduled for a July 2013 release and I, for one, can’t wait. But until then, here’s the newly released stills to tide us over:

 

Godzilla PosterNext up – GODZILLA!

This project was first announced back in 2010, with a tentative 2012 U.S. release date. Unfortunately, that date has been pushed back and while nothing has been officially announced, several sources are reporting that a summer 2014 debut is pretty likely, presumably in order to avoid competing directly with Pacific Rim. After the disappointment of the 1998 Godzilla film, I think many fans have been wary of getting their hopes up, but I have to say, the press release from Legendary Pictures and Toho made me feel a lot better about it. From the original press release:

Legendary Pictures announced that they will develop and produce a new film based on Toho Company’s famed GODZILLA character. Through the terms of the agreement, Legendary Pictures has acquired the rights to produce a movie inspired by Toho’s Godzilla, a franchise the Japanese company created and has nurtured for over fifty years.

Toho’s GODZILLA franchise boasts one of the most widely recognized film creatures worldwide, resulting in a series of books, television programs, videogames and more than 25 films worldwide. Legendary intends to approach the film and its characters in the most authentic manner possible. The company will, in the near future, announce a filmmaker to helm the film for an intended 2012 release. The film will fall under the company’s co-production and co-financing deal with Warner Bros. Toho will distribute the film in Japan.

“Godzilla is one of the world’s most powerful pop culture icons, and we at Legendary are thrilled to be able to create a modern epic based on this long-loved Toho franchise,” said Thomas Tull, Chairman and CEO of Legendary. “Our plans are to produce the Godzilla that we, as fans, would want to see. We intend to do justice to those essential elements that have allowed this character to remain as pop-culturally relevant for as long as it has.”

Unfortunately, Comic Con attendees were strictly forbidden from capturing any of the trailer, however we do have the following description, courtesy of DreadCentral and we have a still image of the new Godzilla himself that someone managed to snap on a smart phone (as well as a gallery of concept art, the newly released official poster, and a video of the Q&A from after the presentation.)

From Dread Central: “A city decimated. Completely destroyed. The camera pans by the wreckage of a train, A distant voice is heard reading from the Book of Revelations. Dust everywhere. Cars crushed. Holes in skyscrapers.

We then see a giant centipede-like creature with many arms and legs smoldering. (You know what that means? Monster battles!) The city appears dead as a doornail. Then blackness. THE ROAR. As in THE roar. Huge bass drop. Raymond Burr finishes his famous speech. Dust…then an arm… a hand… with claws. Pan up… holy shit… the fins. The head. Godzilla. As we know him. The real fucking Godzilla. He roars again.”

Personally, I can’t wait to see the trailer for myself, but until then…

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A still taken from the new GODZILLA teaser at the 2012 SD Comic Con

Here’s a gallery of concept art, some of it newly released – looks like it matches the screen capture above pretty well.

And finally, here’s a video of a Q&A session with director Gareth Edwards, following the teaser. Edwards says, ”I wanted to do Godzilla as if this really happened. How people would really deal with this kind of disaster.”  Sounds awesome to me!

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Dave_P studied fine arts and film history and is a graphic and web designer, and a diehard movie fan. David has been involved with a variety film festivals including the Cinephile Film Festival, the PRIDE Film festival, and the Manhattan Short Film festival, and is currently the director of the Dark Carnival Film Fest in Bloomington, Indiana. (www.darkcarnivalfilmfest.com)

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