If you want to be ahead of the cultural curve, now's a good time to start catching up on the kaiju back catalog because Hollywood is gearing up to go kaiju crazy. There's the Gareth Edwards Godzilla remake. There's Guillermo del Toro’s mecha versus kaiju blockbuster Pacific Rim. And more are under consideration. Get the latest plans after the jump.
Drew Pearce is making some kaiju sized footprints in Hollywood franchises these days. He's on board for the third Iron Man movie, the third Robert Downey Jr Sherlock Holmes movie, and now he's hired for a revised script for the new American Godzilla reboot. David Callahan (The Expendables), David S. Goyer (Dark Knight) and Max Borenstein (The Seventh Son) scripted earlier versions. More after the jump.
It's going to be a couple of big years for giant monster movies at Warner Brothers. The company is inking plans for a pair of movies inspired by Japan's kaiju cinema. Get the latest details on Pacific Rim and Godzilla after the jump.
The new Hollywood version of the king of kaiju movies hasn't started shooting yet, but that didn't prevent Legendary Pictures/Warner Brothers from teasing a bit of proof of concept at this past weekend's San Diego Comic-Con. Check out what was on display after the jump.
IDA Entertainment, who you might remember from the rabbit and camels military CG anime Cat *Expletive* One, have debuted something more decidedly all ages in their new project, Jumbo Monster Gomera. The cute kaiju has the size, voice and powers of a Godzilla-style kaiju, but little of the talent for destruction. See Gomera in action after the jump.
Evangelion established itself as a landmark in mecha anime, but the series drew considerable influence from creator Hideaki Anno's passion for live action special effects productions, AKA tokusatsu. Now, the legendary genre fan has taken the opportunity to share a list of his five favorite tokusatsu productions. See his picks, and sample some clips of Godzilla, Ultraman, and others after the jump!
In summer 1998, Roland Emmerich's Godzilla remake attempted to invade movie theaters, only to be greeted by an Oxygen Destroyer of critical hostility. One of the cultural artifacts of the infamous endeavor was the Godzilla remix of Green Day's "Brain Stew." In 2012, the reverberations of that roar-infused song have inspired The Godzilla Remix Project. Hear the results after the jump.
There's been no news out of Hollywood's new Godzilla remake since last November, when relative newcomer Max Borenstein took over script writing duties from David S. Goyer (Blade, The Dark Knight). Least you think the project has been banished to Monster Island, helmer Gareth Edwards, director of the indie kaiju pick Monsters, commented on Godzilla's status. See what he had to say after the jump.
The Criterion home video label caters to an audience of film buffs who appreciate authenticity. Such a fanatical audience was very pleased by high-def digital restorations of both the original 1954 Japanese Godzilla and its Americanized edit. It was less pleased when the lavish case featured art by comic legend Bill Sienkiewicz using Godzilla's 1999-2004 "Millennium" design. More after the jump.
Godzilla was an enraged beast, awakened to turn humanity's destructive capabilities back on the species. So, not exactly a happy origin for the king of kaiju. But what if there were less apocalyptic causes for Gojiro's woe? In Isaac Rentz's claymation video for Aberdeen's "Cage The Elephant" we see an alternate sort of sad city stumper. Check it out after the jump.
Toho, used to suing others for unauthorized use of Godzilla's likeness, is on the receiving end for a change. The family of Ishiro Honda, director of the original Gojira/Godzilla, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, King Kong vs. Godzilla, Mothra vs. Godzilla and Terror of Mechagodzilla are suing the studio for the green guy's rights. More after the jump.
I just got back from Preview Night at the Tamashii Nations 2011 event in Akihabara, Tokyo. And my eyes have seen the glory of hundreds of upcoming figures and toys from the merchandising powerhouse that is Bandai Japan. Bump the jump to behold a selection of images of new goods from Tiger & Bunny, One Piece, Mega Man, and lots, lots more! UPDATED with video
Every year, World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH) compiles a list of the toys with the "worst potential to cause childhood injuries, or even death." This year, the Power Rangers Samurai Mega Blade and a “Gigan” Godzilla Figure made the list. More after the jump.
Since familiar screenwriter David S. Goyer of the Blade films and Christopher Nolan's Batman reboots has left Legendary Pictures' new Godzilla remake, who will take over penning the modern-day adventures of the King of the Monsters? Find out more after the jump!