Godzilla News – Filming Has Begun

27 03 2013

Godzilla 2014 (Legendary Pictures - 2014)

It has been some time since I last posted up some news on the upcoming Legendary Pictures Godzilla Film. Well now I bring Great News, Filming has started.

The cast for the film is looking very strong with stars such as Bryan Cranston, Aaron Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen and David Strathairn. The first person I heard who was hired to star in the film was Elizabeth Olsen who announced it at the 2013 Bafta’s. Also joining the mix is Ken Watanabe. The introduction of Watanabe to the cast brings some Japanese acting to the film, something that was missing from the 1998 film. But Watanabe may not be the only person from Japan to star in the upcoming film as Godzilla veteran Akira Takarada is apparently interested. Takarada has starred alongside the big lizard on 6 occasions including the most recent film Godzilla Final Wars as well as the original 1954 Godzilla Film. A Facebook group has been setup to show their support for this possibility and while I would like to see Akira Nakao make an appearance, the inclusion of Takarada would be a Great Tribute to the series, the Original 1954 film and possibly for the many actors who have appeared in the series.

Akira Takarada and Akira Nakao

The filming schedule is apparently supposed to last from March to June, which for a film of its scale is not bad and that gives the production team 11 months to get it ready from the film’s end of filming until the films release in May 2014. Filming for the film has begun in Vancouver around Nanaimo. Apparently the filming is pumping about $100,000 into the local economy every day.

It also looks like that most/all of the extras will be real and not CGI which brings added realism to the film. It too has been reported that there will be 2 monsters alongside Godzilla in this film which sounds like a possible Monster Fight or two. While there could be some speculation over who could appear alongside the main star. I saw a poster recently which suggests the possibility that Biollante may appear, however the source does state that the poster is fan made; so whoever will be staring alongside Godzilla in the film is still up for speculation.

Biollante 2014

Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead) is doing the script for the film and wants to return the creature to its roots as a terrifying creature. “What we’re trying to do with the new movie is not have it camp, not have it be campy. We’re kind of taking a cool new look at it. But with a lot of tradition in the first film. We want this to be a terrifying force of nature. And what was really cool, for me, is there was a very compelling human drama that I got to weave into it. It’s not that cliched, thinly disguised romance or bromance, or whatever. It’s different, it’s a different set of circumstances than you’re used to seeing. And that’s tremendously exciting as a writer when you’re asked to do something else” – Frank Darabont (information gathered from SKREEONK!).

Bronze Godzilla

The film is now just about 14 months away from release and the news on the film is probably going to grow from here and while there are some holes that we still need to find out, don’t forget, it is only about a year to go until the film’s release and provided that everything comes together, it will be well worth the wait.

GENEPOOL








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