After months of being oppressed by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, the giant lizard minority is finally standing tall before the world.
Two new magazine covers present the title character in this summer's Godzilla reboot, providing by far our best looks at the kaiju to end all kaijus and finally showing off Gojira's handsome mug.
The full theatrical trailer for this summer's Godzilla is all manner of effective, selling the horrifying scale of the titular beast's destructive rampage while still keeping Gojira's screen time intriguingly short.
Screenwriter Stuart Beattie is best known for writing such popular films as Collateral, 30 Days of Night, and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, as well as creating the characters in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. He made his directorial debut with 2010’s Tomorrow, When the War Began, which he also wrote. Now, the writer and director returns with his latest movie I, Frankenstein, which opens in theaters on January 24th.
The film is loosely based on the graphic novel of the same name by actor Kevin Grevioux (Underworld), and follows the original monster of Victor Frankenstein. Adam Frankenstein, played by Aaron Eckhart (Erased), is the only force that stands between the human race and an uprising of supernatural creatures including gargoyles and demons that are determined to overthrow the world. In addition to starring Eckhart and Grevioux, the film also stars Bill Nighy (About Time), Yvonne Strahovski (TV’s Chuck), Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers), and Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard).
I recently had a chance to speak with writer and director Stuart Beattie about his work on I, Frankenstein. The accomplished filmmaker discussed his new movie, the graphic novel it is based on, what he added and changed when writing the screenplay, working with comic book creator/actor Kevin Grevioux, reinventing the character of Frankenstein, casting Aaron Eckhart, the rest of the talented actors that appear in the film, what he’s looking for from an actor on set, and if he would be interested in returning to the franchise for a possible sequel.
Over the last two decades, actor/screenwriter/comic book creator Kevin Grevioux has built a strong niche for himself in the comic book and genre film world!
Beginning his career as an actor in such comic book adapted films as The Mask, Batman Forever, Steel, Men in Black II, and Hulk, he was eventually cast in Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes. But it was his role as Raze in Underworld, which he created and co-wrote with director Len Wiseman that made him so beloved by comic book and genre fans. He would eventually return to his role in the Underworld prequel, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, before turning his attention to creating comic books. In addition to writing the popular New Warriors comic book for Marvel, Grevioux created two comic book imprints, Astounding Studios and DarkStorm Studios. It was with DarkStorm Studios that he sold the original script for the film adaption of his graphic novel I, Frankenstein, which will open in theaters on January 24th.
I, Frankenstein follows the original monster of Victor Frankenstein, Adam Frankenstein (Aaron Eckhart), who is the only force that stands between the human race and an uprising of supernatural creatures including gargoyles and demons that are determined to overthrow the world. In addition to creating the graphic novel and the story for the film, Grevioux also plays one of the film’s villains, Dekar. The movie is written and directed by Stuart Beattie (Tomorrow, When the War Began), and also stars Bill Nighy (About Time), Yvonne Strahovski (TV’s Chuck), Miranda Otto (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers), and Jai Courtney (A Good Day to Die Hard).
I recently had a chance to speak with Kevin Grevioux about I, Frankenstein. The actor/comic book creator discussed the process of creating the graphic novel, getting it made into a film, working with screenwriter and director Stuart Beattie, casting Aaron Eckhart in the title role, the character that Grevioux plays in the film, the importance of attaching himself to the project as an actor, reuniting with his Underworld co-star Bill Nighy, an unused end credit scene featuring Kate Beckinsale’s Underworld character, and a possible sequel.
No matter how many standout human actors appear in next year's remake, the star of Godzilla is the the irradiated reptile himself.
Though lucky fans at Comic-Con got a sense the beast's new look, Legendary Pictures has kept the new Godzilla's appearance secret, showing off naught but teasing looks so far.
That changes today, with a close-up of Godzilla's face making the rounds online and assuring fans burned by the 1998 effort that this Godzilla will get the basics right.
"Basically, for all you Godzilla fans, something very big is headed to San Diego," director Gareth Edwards says in his latest bite-sized update from the set of the Godzilla remake from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures.
With the film's viral effort ramping up in anticipation of Comic-Con, there are some goodies from the mystery-building marketing effort. More importantly, perhaps, an official listing for the film's Hall H panel hasrevealed that the title character isn't just facing off with humanity; in next summer's Godzilla, the beast will fight other Toho-style monsters.
Opening in theaters on July 12th is the highly anticipated new robots vs. monsters movie from visionary director Guillermo del Toro (Don't Be Afraid of the Dark) called Pacific Rim. The film is a tribute to Japanese giant monster movies (also known as Kaiju) and stars an all-star cast that includes Charlie Hunnam (Children of Men), Rinko Kikuchi (Babel), Idris Elba (Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance), Charlie Day (Horrible Bosses), Clifton Collins Jr. (Star Trek), Max Martini (Redbelt), Heather Doerksen (The Cabin in the Woods) and Ron Perlman (Drive).
IAR's Managing Editor Jami Philbrick recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Heather Doerksen in the IAR Studios to talk about her work on Pacific Rim. The talented actress discussed the new movie, how she was cast in the project, the secrecy around the script, working with green screens, the film's monsters, what it's like on a Guillermo del Toro set, creating her character, operating a Jaeger, and the movie's sensational cast.
You can't really separate the titular beast from his origins as a uniquely Japanese metaphor, and some unofficial images from the set of next year's Godzilla indicate that the remake won't try to completely remove Gojira from his native country.
As of today, the second crack at an Americanized Godzilla remake is now one year away from its May 16, 2014 release date.
Rather than dropping a teaser trailer or some such hype-building, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have instead brought us a tiny new glimpse behind the scenes of this new Godzilla.
How can you tell Godzilla has been to town? Because most of the town will be a smoldering heap of rubble.
A new official image from the set of the new Godzilla remake has stomped online, and though the enormous lizard is nowhere to be seen, the signs of him are everywhere, in smoke, an overturned car, and general devastation.