And it starred Matthew Broderick.
Yes, I am referring to the 1998 “American” remake of Godzilla, which outraged fans nicknamed G.I.N.O., an acronym for “Godzilla in Name Only,” to ensure it would never be confused with the original source material.
To be fair, there were two good things about the film. One, even with an estimated budget of $130M it did at least break even in the US, pulling in $136M. Second, TriStar Pictures was able to keep all the velociraptor special effects guys employed (they had recently been laid off following the release of Jurassic Park: Lost World in 1997).
However what happened this week may finally eradicate the revulsion from our collective memories.
As my co-worker Ryan Harvey announced on Tuesday (by jumping up and roaring “out loud with him at the top of my lungs”… while at work), Legendary and Warner Brothers released the trailer for their 2014 Godzilla reboot and it looks pretty epic. Considering how long it took me to actually access it, there is clearly a whole lot of interest in seeing what will happen with the iconic monster this time around.
Monsters‘ special effects guru, Gareth Edwards writes the story and directs an eclectic cast including Elizabeth Olsen (Kill Your Darlings), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass) and Juliette Binoche (The English Patient).
Of his monumental responsibility, Edwards had this to say:
To me, (Godzilla’s) like a force of nature, like the wrath of God or vengeance for the way we’ve behaved. If this really happened, it would be like Sept. 11. I want it to be epic. I want to get the hairs on the back of your neck up.
The theme is man versus nature and Godzilla is certainly the nature side of it. You can’t win that fight. Nature’s always going to win and that’s what the subtext of our movie is about. He’s the punishment we deserve.
Godzilla is in post-production so the lack of any really clear views of the monster in the trailer is intentional at this stage; as is the removal of the conceptual art images from the movie site. Nonetheless, what we do get to see is fairly impressive.
If you didn’t peek at the trailer on Tuesday (or the site was just too busy to access), you missed out. Check it out below.
Godzilla hits theaters on May 16, 2014, six month shy of the original Godzilla’s 60th birthday.
Happy Birthday big guy, you look fabulous.
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