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The Legendary attempt to bring GODZILLA back to life on American screens just got fascinating!

Published at: Jan. 4, 2011, 8:02 p.m. CST by AICNStaff

Hey folks, Harry here...  Last year at SXSW, in the FANTASTIC FEST midnight portion of the festival, we premiered a film that was not quite all the way finished, called MONSTERS by Gareth Edwards.   If you got to see that film, you were probably very taken with it.   It wasn't an enormous spectacle.   If anything, it was a BORDER story, about some Americans trying to get back to America - through a No Man's Land of giant Alien Monsters.   But the film was made with more of a eye to Terrence Malick's films than any TOHO man in suit spectacle.   In fact, for a studio film's catering budget for a two week shoot - Gareth not only shot and produced his first film, but he managed to do a fantastic indie-themed giant monster movie that in no way looked like any giant monster movie we've seen.   Primarily because it wasn't preoccupied with the military, but simply two people trying to survive their personal situation - and how they relate to one another.

I found it captivating.   The movie got picked up by MAGNET at the fest - and Gareth Edwards began to appear on the map of interesting talents on the market.   Now, well - I can't even imagine how giddy Gareth Edwards must be at landing the directing gig to end all directing gigs in the Giant Monster Movie realm.   He's going to make Legendary's GODZILLA.





MONSTERS will be hitting home video February 1st of this year.   This was a film made on a shoestring, but that is constantly fascinating, beautiful and haunting.   That a man with an eye as unique as the one that shot MONSTERS - and that directed his cast perfectly is directing GODZILLA is not an automatic mainstream home run - but it certainly has my ass in a seat.   Hollywood Reporter's HEAT VISION broke the news.   

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  • Jan. 4, 2011, 8:04 p.m. CST

    I don't want to waste this rare opportunity

    by Swordfleece

    to comment on one of my favorite writers in history's posts. Harry, I love you.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 8:04 p.m. CST

    This could be interesting

    by Meinert Hansen

    Looking forward to getting Monsters on...hey, am I first?

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 8:04 p.m. CST

    probably overdue for a reboot

    by Stifler's Mom

    by Hollywood financial standards, NOT by actual neccessity.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Ok I was totally ready to slag this news off, however

    by D o o d

    I like Gareths style. I saw Monsters and have to admit that I didn't really like it, BUT the important bit to note is that he tried to concentrate on the characters and tried to make the film engaging. So for that reason alone, I wish him luck on Godzilla, it's a rubbish subject but I'm sure he'll do a better job than those devlin emerich hacks!

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Is MONSTERS really that good?

    by 3D-Man

    I'm willing to give it a chance, because I LOVE giant monster movies. But I got burned a few years ago by everyone telling me how ridiculously good THE HOST was, and I just thought it was rubbish. Okay, maybe not quite rubbish, but definitely undeserving of the praise that was heaped upon it.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 8:26 p.m. CST

    legendarys godzilla>>>legendarys batman

    by PleaseWipeMyAss

    the truth hurts bish

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 8:31 p.m. CST

    Are there actually fucking MONSTERS in this?

    by Jobacca

    And not blurry half-out of focus glimpses of Monsters. 'Cause I've had about enough of that shit...I want Godzilla to be full-on 100% monster on monster action for at least 90 minutes...I dont wanna see whiny teenagers in love(unless they're monsters) I dont want to see boring speeches from the military,I dont want to see Ferris Bueller reacting to giant CGI monster footprints...all monsters,all the time,guys in suits beating the hell out of each other with model cities exploding. In 3D. And Imax. Thats it. If you turn Godzilla into another Cloverfield cock-tease I will dress up like Minya and burn your goddamn house down and then blow smoke rings in the ashes of your memories.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 8:32 p.m. CST

    3d-man

    by D o o d

    Not to stop you from seeing Monsters, but it's not about monsters. It's a love story about two people making their way to the border with a background of monsters in the environment. You don't really see that many and it wasn't Gareths point to make a film about Monsters. The title is very misleading!

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 8:32 p.m. CST

    They're rebooting GODZILLA?

    by No Respectable Gentleman

    That's almost as dumb as the TOTAL RECALL remake. And a very bad move on Gareth's part.

  • Didn't realize it was actually possibly coming true. Seems like a weird fit considering MONSTERS was mainly about walking and talking and not destruction. But good for him.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Is this story about Godzilla...

    by matineer

    or is it just about the "Monsters" film?

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 8:49 p.m. CST

    I really dug Monsters -

    by cloudyP

    Imperfect flick for sure, but I loved the attention to tone and mood in a "genre" flick, and the layers of subtext were startling for scifi. If he can do THAT with a few grand, I'm in to see what he's capable of with a real budget.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 8:58 p.m. CST

    So we want a Godzilla movie with no military or action at all?

    by Onin Solstice

    Isn't part of the fun seeing tanks, jets and missles blasting Godzilla and he just laughs it off? I don't know if emo Godzilla is the answer here.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Monsters was great

    by lostboytexas

    so this might be interesting!

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 9:13 p.m. CST

    MANINSUITMANINSUITMANINSUITMANINSUITMANINSUIT

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Uh oh

    by Briestro

    To start off with, I have not seen the film Monsters. From what I've read here though, this is exactly the kind of thing that the new big G does NOT need to be like. I seriously hope this idea didn't just turn to complete shit. Fuck Cloverfield, fuck War in the Worlds Spielberg style. A serious high budget movie with all out balls to the wall monster fights and futile military excursions is EXACTLY what this world needs right now. Next they will tell me that fucking hack ass Giacchino is doing the music for this. Get Otani!! I lived through one bullshit G reboot, don't fucking tell me that this opportunity is going to be squandered. @Jobacca - right on, man. And lol at the Minya line. Fucking Godzilla rules. No origin stories, just hit the ground running like the Millenium series! Forced 3D, a director who just wants to put monsters in the background, my stomach is turning. B

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Confusion...

    by more_like_LOSERname

    I think some of you somehow got the impression that Legendary announced that they're remaking "Monsters" and calling it "Godzilla". All that's happening is the same dude's directing both. But I could be wrong. Hey, hope you like your Lincoln biopics with lots of aliens in them because I heard Spielberg's directing it.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 9:35 p.m. CST

    lol emo Godzilla

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    and I shouldnt admit this but... I enjoyed GINO for what it was... plus Come With Me by (then) Puff Daddy was my shit! both my role models face off in the middle of NY durin a concert... fucccckkkk yeeeeaaaa!!!!!!!

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Wow

    by Sardonic

    This could end up being amazing. It's great when a big-name movie gets a director who actually shows some REAL vision and potential, rather than Paul W.S. Anderson or fucking Abrams.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Ive learned to never listen to Harrys Hyperbole...

    by gk1

    (...which if you use that as a section of the site, i want my royalties.) which means MONSTERS may be a moderately entertaining flick.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 9:45 p.m. CST

    Whit Stillman's "Rodan" reboot

    by fustfick

    Does this dude Edwards have the nuts to ditch his indie street cred for the balls-out kaiju slugfest a Godzilla reboot deserves? I hope the answer is a resounding Dr. Dre styled "hell-yee-uh," but the jury's still out on this chamuco.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Where the fuck is the Gerry Rafferty obit?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 10:14 p.m. CST

    No Humans-Only Don Frye

    by Jobacca

    He doesnt have to reprise his character from Godzilla Final Wars,but Don Frye MUST fight Godzilla in this. In fact,use CGI to replace ALL the human characters with an army of Don Fryes(Fries?). Godzilla can kill them all,but with his dying breath the last Don Frye can activate the oxygen destroyer which then causes the entire planet to explode. The End....?

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 10:25 p.m. CST

    Holy shit! Way to go Gareth Edwards!

    by kafka07

    this should be something special indeed.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 10:27 p.m. CST

    No there aren't any realy monsters in it.

    by Christian

    There's one pathetic scene with some War of the Worlds type tentacle monsters feeling around and then they koo at each other and walk away. Not only that but the CGI tentacles look like crap. Monsters was in no way a monster movie.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 10:46 p.m. CST

    'About the characters'

    by dopepope

    is a tricky thing to say about Godzilla films. Godzilla and the gang ARE the characters. No one gives a shit about the human beings trying to solve whatever problems arise through out the film. People want to see Godzilla and the other monsters. I liked MONSTERS a lot. But it's a very different film from Godzilla should be. If this results in a Godzilla film that has 45 seconds of Godzilla in it, and a wonderful story about the characters, then I don't see a point in reviving the franchise. I'm both intrigued and unsure about this choice.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Hmm, Maybe we should just leave Godzilla alone...

    by Toruk_Makto

    We americans tend to want to change and make Godzilla into what we 'think' Godzilla should be. The irony is, by the time we're done 'fixing' Godzilla, Godzilla is no longer Godzilla, but some pale, vapid shadow of Godzilla. Then comes the nasty divorce where we end up sitting across the table from GINO and accuse it of no longer being the monster we married.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Bastard...

    by JustUsNerdsHere

    ...yeah, I'm jealous...that fucking asshole...

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Monsters is a great film....

    by DigitalBeachWar

    If you enjoy watching over produced B-Roll footage and shitty actors. Sorry but the movie is boring and painful to watch. Far from spectacular. Should have been called... 'Two Boring People'

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 11:20 p.m. CST

    This is interesting, but...

    by ThePorkChopExpress

    It seems to me like a studio is going a cheap option on a guy they probably feel they can push around. Go read Gareth's interview about Monsters over at Collider... He's not writing this film, I doubt he's going to have any where near the control he had on Monsters and the things he said he loved about making Monsters are certainly going to be absent when it comes to making Godzilla. Wish him all the best, but I can see this easily turning into a Matthew Vaughan / X-Men Last Stand situation. That or Gareth makes the movie the studio wants to make as opposed to the one he does and everyone ends up hating him by the end of it. Hope not, but it's the impression I get based on what we know of studios and what I've heard from Gareth himself.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 11:20 p.m. CST

    It's profoundly overrated. It's okay, not great.

    by reflecto

    But I hope he can impress me on Godzilla.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 11:40 p.m. CST

    could be epic fail.

    by Thor51

    Watched Monsters on HDNET movies about a month and a half ago... It was not a movie about monster it was a movie about people trying to get home and bonding over the experience. I don't know if Godzilla is the next logical step, unless the studio wants it done on the cheap.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 11:45 p.m. CST

    As for Monsters...

    by ThePorkChopExpress

    The title itself is very misleading, however each scene, the relationship between the two leads and the environment they are stuck in as well as the atmosphere captured is very realistic and very well put together. If you've ever been stuck in a foreign country or dodgy situation crossing borders and trying to get some where when all authority seems to be working against you, this film captures much of what you go through in a very raw and realistic way. Realistic isn't always the most interesting route to take, but this film did it very well and the sci-fi component, adding 'monsters' as a back ground device add weight to the characters and the viewers journey's.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 11:55 p.m. CST

    The sited hyped it, but its pretty ordinary

    by quantize

    EMO slacks wander around to get over the border...It's ponderous with some vague moments of suspense. It's an achievement, but any kind of sane indicator of the kind of talent to execute a great ACTUAL MONSTER movie? No

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 1:32 a.m. CST

    When will America get a shot at Gamera?

    by INWOsuxRED

    We haven't done Godzilla well, maybe we could try and screw up something else. I'd like an American version of Specterman on TV. It would beat anything NBC has on the air right now.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:37 a.m. CST

    Forget 'Godzilla' - he should remake 'Gorgo'...

    by workshed

    ...a smaller film I personally related to far more than Gojira (when I was a kid). Set the climax at Battersea fairground/power station again and you have my bum on a seat.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:43 a.m. CST

    Hey this guy directed a movie with monsters or something....

    by Barabas the Barbarian

    ... so what about we give him our big property with monsters in it? Yes it makes total sense. Now let's go out and have sushi, I'm exhausted after this brainstorming session. Life is hard for a Hwood exec, I'm telling you.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:48 a.m. CST

    Legendary wants to remake 'King Kong'...

    by Barabas the Barbarian

    .... anybody has done a movie with the word 'king' in the title recently? Yes? Hire him!

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:48 a.m. CST

    Legendary wants to remake 'King Kong'...

    by Barabas the Barbarian

    .... anybody has done a movie with the word 'king' in the title recently? Yes? Hire him!

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:23 a.m. CST

    thinly veiled political film

    by Dustoff74

    gee, 2 people racing across a no man's land to cross a border into a better place... sounds kinda like what those people in Mexico do illegally every day just for the right to live here illegally. nothing wrong with that. mediocre film with a flimsy message at best. sometimes, i think that the AICN suggestions are less film critique than psychological profiles screaming for attention.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 4:06 a.m. CST

    I saw it on HDNet movies.

    by HellKing

    Might be interesting. Instead of every Godzilla movie where it seems all the cities have been rebuilt for monsters to destroy again, maybe this one will start sometime after the destruction has already occurred. You have zombie apocalypse. Why not giant monster apocalypse?

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 6:28 a.m. CST

    FUCK RAFFERTY'S MOUTH CHOPAH

    by Larrylongballs

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 6:44 a.m. CST

    At least it'll be good...

    by UltimaRex

    I'm not sure it'll be Godzilla, but I'm pretty sure it'll be good.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 6:49 a.m. CST

    barabas_the_barbarian...

    by UltimaRex

    Now I'm wondering what a Tom Hooper King Kong would look like...

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 7:15 a.m. CST

    Monsters was boring...

    by AnUsulDarkley

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 7:29 a.m. CST

    Gotta love the Big G......

    by Jimmy

    .....and i for one will keep a positive outlook for this rendition. If the character definition and eye for quality from Monsters can be used within a big budget Godzilla film done RIGHT....i'm there. As long as it's as far removed from the '98 train wreck....as i said eslewhre, if that would have been called anything BUT Godzilla it would've sucked less....maybe. :)

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Oh and by the way.....

    by Jimmy

    .....my first post here! lol And yes, i hate typos and noticed on my initial post that i am as guilty as anyone for them! Anyway...LONG LIVE THE KING....OF THE MONSTERS!

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 7:39 a.m. CST

    ARE THEY BRINGING BACK RAYMOND BURR?? THRU CGI!! YES!!!

    by JonChambers

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 7:40 a.m. CST

    HOW ABOUT A GUEST APPEARANCE BY MOTHRA????

    by JonChambers

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 7:48 a.m. CST

    JonChambers

    by MothrasGhost

    I'm dead, but thanks for asking. I just want this movie to not suck. I don't want my Godzilla like I like my Zombies, Fast. I want Godzilla to be slow and lumbering like a mountain come to life, pissed off and cranky

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 7:48 a.m. CST

    Monsters

    by StoryFirst

    It was an okay movie...not more, not less. Just okay. It's a love story. And for 5 mins, there are monsters. And that is basically it. Essentially, critics are calling it an intellectual sci-fi masterpiece. The man on the street simply calls it boring.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Monsters was a real class act

    by Shpadoinkle

    I saw it at a film festival having read all the reviews beforehand and knowing full well what (and what not) to expect and I was still utterly enthralled. I bought into the characters, into their situation, and into the look of the Chtulu like creature designs. For an hour and a half I forgot who and where I was. I can't ask any more from a movie than that. I'm looking forward to his take on Godzilla now. The films are by and large total tripe but great to watch with friends and a few beers/tokes (the B-Movie way...although I do genuinely love the original, Destroy All Monsters! and ricockulous Godzilla: Final Wars on their own merits) and are generally the monster equivalent of Cheech & Chong movies in that you know exactly what to expect. I don't think I know what to expect with Edwards on board and I, for one, like it. Although I do hope he keeps the man in suit...

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Monsters: "You were probably very taken with it"

    by Graphix67

    No Harry. I was NOT "very taken" with MONSTERS. It wasn't terrible but it was very mediocre. Sorry, but I just don't get "very taken" with mediocrity. I regret the $10 I wasted on it for Video-On-Demand.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 9:03 a.m. CST

    It seems dicey, MONSTERS was good, but G has to be GREAT

    by the Green Gargantua

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 9:18 a.m. CST

    The lead actor Spoot McGinley from Monsters sucked balls

    by Larrylongballs

    The actor Snoot Mcsnippy is a wanker and the girl was hot not interesting enough to see her as more than eye candy.

  • That is EXACTLY what I was thinking the entire time I was watching both MONSTERS and CLOVERFIELD. They both tell the tale of ordinary people trying to survive the extraordinary situation of a world run wild by monsters. I'm desperately looking forward to this.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Was Godzilla even in Final Wars?

    by Bob

    Seriously. That movie had less Godzilla and more talking heads & humans fighting each other than any G movie in the last 20 years. Hope the reboot is better. I have little doubt they could properly animate classic looking Godzilla Cloverfield style, minus the shaky-cam, and he would look realistic. No need for man in suit anymore. Anything beats the Emmerich and Devlin GINO shitbomb movie.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Emo Godzilla

    by PTSDPete

    Is always less worse than the real thing ( emos ).

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Christian Mingu's Godzilla

    by PTSDPete

    Long shots and ennui. Plus Godzilla gets an abortion.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Will Smith as Godzilla

    by PTSDPete

    No racist jokes, please. </p>Jaden the Little Bitch could play Godzooki.</p>

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Monsters Reality Check

    by GodzillaCrush

    It wasn't that great. Was it impressive given its budget? Sure, from a "what you can do on a shoestring" perspective. But most moviegoers don't give a damn about the budget. They're interested in things like story, character, etc. So, while Monsters was visually beautiful at times, it had some serious flaws: main characters who were wholly unlikeable, a plodding non-plot, and numerous instances where opportunities for true suspense were badly fumbled. I saw absolutely nothing in Monsters that makes me excited about this news. He has shown nothing that indicates he understands how to make a Godzilla movie.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 11:46 a.m. CST

    anyone responsible for MONSTERS should not touch godzilla.

    by compn

    godzilla 2000 was probably the last great godzilla movie. <p> THE HOST was fuckin amazing. it did an origin and an END of a giant man-eating monster. <p> i'm not sure what yo guys expected with the host? did you expect kids (half of godzilla movies) or singing girls (the other half of godzilla movies)? did you expect ray guns and space insects ? matthew broderick? that taco bell dog? cmon! sure it wasnt a rubber monster, but at least the cgi was good for the most part. <p> monsters was ok, cept for the two characters having no personality or relateability. who goes thru monster central just for a job? thats dumb as shit. i cant watch dumb fucking characters doing dumb fucking shit. its insulting. <p> i guess the moral of the movie is that 'mexico is a shithole' lol

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 12:44 p.m. CST

    FUCK ME

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Look, I'm sure this Gareth fellow is very talented. Checked out his stats on IMDB and he clearly has a future in this industry. But to hand a property like this to someone who has NEVER HANDLED ANYTHING CLOSE to a big-budget, hugely SFX-intensive film (and this goddamned reboot had sure better be a big-budget, hugely SFX-intensive film) IS RETARDED. Nice going, Legendary Pictures. Hope your gamble pays off.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 1 p.m. CST

    Re: MONSTERS

    by ArmageddonProductions

    Odd -- MONSTERS has been playing On Demand (on Charter Cable) for about a month now, along with the NIGHT OF THE DEMONS remake, which I assume is also not on DVD yet. Anyway, they both got my $4.99 HD rental fee and both were worth it. MONSTERS, of course, is far and away the more impressive of the two, if only because it was just a couple of guys with an HD camera and a will to power. I tend to think they could have gotten to the title characters (i.e. - the point of the exercise) a little sooner, but the build-up and the exotic locales worked well in their favor. And just about fucking anything would be better than Emmerich's cinematic abortion.</p><p> However, it should be pointed out that they already did a perfectly serviceable American GODZILLA redux in the form of CLOVERFIELD. Good luck topping that one, guys!

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Compn, the last great Godzilla movie, hands-down...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...was "Godzilla, Mothra & King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All Out Attack." Came out in 2001. Amazing film directed by the guy who did the late-90's Gamera trilogy, supposedly the greatest kaiju films ever made (I've only seen the first, and it's impressive). Love me some GMAOA something fierce. Godzilla's a total badass, evil monster; the special effects are nearly Hollywood-worthy; the story is a pretty interesting re-imagining of what Godzilla is.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 1:21 p.m. CST

    jobacca You are awesome dude. Don Fucking Frye!

    by Buddha Master

    I fucking love Godzilla Final Wars. I FUCKING LOVE IT. It is the ONLY GODZILLA MOVIE that even when there aren't monsters on the screen is still cool and funny. The way over the top acting from the main mutant guy and the main Alien are so goddamn awesome. The main alien dude in particular with his ridiculously awesome reactions everytime Godzilla kicked the shit out of one of the other monsters he was throwing at Godzilla. Classic. The movie is such Godzilla porn. The camera for fucking once is filming Godzilla the same way Mike Bay films chicks like Megan Fox. And Godzilla is really shown to be why he is a god and the KING OF MONSTERS. There is so many great moments in the film it is easily the most rewatchable Godzilla flick. Shit like his bitch slapping of Devlin Emmerichs GINO abortion to well.... shit I am already rambling on. But Don Frye my science he rules so damn much in the film. The classic line he says to the alien leader "Listen, kid, there're two things you don't know about the Earth: one is me. And the other...is Godzilla." Fucking awesome. Don Frye whit his sword. I love Godzilla Final Wars. Its my favorite Godzilla film and I have watched THEM ALL! Multiple times. I am a huge fan ever since I was a kid, and do Godzilla movie night with my kids (I wake them up at midnight on a special weekend and have popcorn and drinks out for them and we watch a Godzilla movie). They love final wars too because of Godzilla's kid. They literally laugh hysterically when she starts driving the pickup truck. Goodluck making the new Godzilla movie as fun as Final Wars Gareth. And yea Get Don Frye in there. Yea, good luck.

  • I was curious as to the capability of the man slated to make or destroy the King of Monsters...so I watched Monsters last night. All I can say is...good try, but ultimately, it felt very weak in terms of character, coherence, and pacing, as well as the basic structure of the film it's self, and the ending in particular. I will leave the effects be, as I understand that it was made on a low budget...but even making that concession, I just don't see this as a great, or even particularly GOOD film. In fact, I'll just say it. It sucked. In my opinion (welcome to yours, this is mine). I love a giant monster movie as much as the next guy. Hell, I grew up on Godzilla (the real Godzilla, not Gino). I just can't, at this point in time, put my faith in the guy who directed this overwhelmingly mediocre (even for a low budget) attempt. I hope I'm wrong...but I have a bad feeling about this...1998 kind of bad feeling. Then again...I can't really think of a perfect candidate for the director of a REAL Godzilla film- who has THAT kind of experience (Abrams would probably throw some POV BS at us, as well as plenty of LENSE FLARE!)... I'd kind of want to see where Snyder would take it...though he'd probably make it way too stylized and gimmicky...EPIC SCALE is what we need. Who can give us that? I draw a blank.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Monsters was crap

    by FlandersBum

    Boring, overrated, preachy, ugly....just all around bad.

  • But he's chosen for a Godzilla movie. Because Godzilla is a monster, and *his* movie, which made money and was not about monsters, was titled "Monsters". Thus works the logic of the producers, the reason why someone like Brett Ratner gets "Red Dragon" and Marcus Nispel gets Conan.

  • But he's chosen for a Godzilla movie. Because Godzilla is a monster, and *his* movie, which made money and was not about monsters, was titled "Monsters". Thus works the logic of the producers, the reason why someone like Brett Ratner gets "Red Dragon" and Marcus Nispel gets Conan.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST

    Final Wars and GMK

    by Briestro

    The love for Final Wars on here is hilarious, wtf? By far the worst of the Millenium series. Now GMK on the other hand, is like the greatest Godzilla movie since Heisei series Mechagodzilla. Otani is the only one to score this stuff now that Akira Ifukube is gone. @snarky2 EXACTLY! You understand. B

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Cloverfield

    by Briestro

    Was 5% cool, 95% total bullshit. Now if they wanted to make a sequel that was an actual movie instead of found footage horseshit with fucking punk kid actors in it, that would be ok. The monster is cool. B

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST

    And about the Gamera trilogy

    by Briestro

    Yes, they are all killer flicks, and really outdid the Heisei era Toho films of the time. It's a shame GMK was the only Godzilla movie that Shūsuke Kaneko did. Ko Otani music there, too! :) Ever play Shadow of the Colossus for the ps2? AGAIN, great example of Otani music. This guy needs to be involved in this Legendary flick. If I find out they hired hack ass Giacchino It will be the worst thing possible. I bet the fag is vying for it too. In that shitty Cloverfield movie hack ass Giacchino tried to get that crappy roar piece noticed on itunes by claiming it was Ifukube-esque. BOYCOTT that shitty hack!! It's pure drivel! B

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Cloverfield 2 and Godzilla

    by billF

    I am happy that a new American Godzilla movie is being made, but I would also love to see a sequel to Cloverfield!

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Great news!!

    by venvariants

    Monsters was just terrific. A person who can pull off an awesome picture like that with that small of a crew and budget ought to have enough imagination to make the most out of Big G. Fabulous choice!!

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 3:39 p.m. CST

    GOOD CALL, HOLLYWOOD.

    by uberman

    Nice to see talent behind this as opposed to somebody like Emmerick or Bay.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 7:16 p.m. CST

    zillabeast bro,

    by Briestro

    I've been a composer and a 6 string bassist/pianist/vocalist for 20 years. Next theory, ty. The guy is the most stale composer I've ever heard working professionally in hollywood, that gets recognition. It baffles the mind and the ear. The only thing awesome about that clown is that he gets work. Check out some Otani and Ifukube sometime. Sorry for ranting, I'm just asking for a blast from some tonedeaf Giacchino fan. :P B

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Forget Godzilla or any other remake/re-imagining

    by v3d

    Libraries are full of great science fiction and fantasy. Remember libraries? That place where they keep the books. The works of Robert Heinlein alone would keep Hollywood busy for years. But Hollywood doesn't seem to have the patience to adapt a book that hasn't already been made into a movie, let alone read a book. Apparently it's much easier to make a 50-100 million dollar movie out of a video game, tv show a twitter feed or a child's toy. I'd much rather plunk down my ten bucks for a 2D version of "Stranger in a Strange Land" than 15 clams for another 3D "event".

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Could be cool

    by catlettuce4

    I'd really like to see an "American" Godzilla done right, with modern effects, just for the alternate take factor. I love "Man In Suit" too, but Toho will go back to that eventually... this would be a neat chance to see Big-G done with modern CGI without being an overgrown Iguana from France.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 9:36 p.m. CST

    oh yeah, the only godzilla is a man in suit.

    by compn

    none of this cgi horseshit. cloverfield can suck a bag of dicks. shakey cam is ruining movies. <p> @catlettuce4 : you just want to see an alternative take on godzilla? what? arent you just admitting you will watch anything? stfu and let the people who actually have taste voice some thought out opinions. <p> still dont get how people like cloverfield. or blair witch. why dont you just go tape a camera to a car wheel and watch that blur of lights and sounds spin round and round?

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Monsters sucked Big Time!!

    by slicer

    He managed to do a fantastic indie-themed giant monster movie that in no way looked like any giant monster movie we've seen? And why is that? Oh yeah, because there wasn't any giant monsters in the fucking movie! OK, 2 mins at the end, but they didn't even do anything! The whole movie is a HUGE waste of time! Do yourself a favor and go watch the update of War of the Worlds. If you want a movie that "wasn't preoccupied with the military, but simply people trying to survive their personal situation - and how they relate to one another". Then, skip this boring turd and go watch that!! Spielberg got it right, even if Tom Cruise was in it!

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 11 p.m. CST

    The only thing monster in Monsters was ...

    by jazzdownunder

    ... the size of turd it was. Seriously - it only cost blah blah blah... so fucking what ?! I don't measure a movie by how expensive OR how cheap it was. As for talk of perfect cast or skillful direction... what a load of BS. As I understand it, this movie was made by throwing a concept at a wall, tossing some actors into some locations and seeing what kind of gold could be stirred from the shit they produced, then fitting some home made FX around the whole sorry mess. The complete lack of a cohesive script was telling throughout. There was no sense that the characters were moving through a story, of experiencing events. They were just moving from one vignette to another, with no apparent awareness of where they were going, where they had come from or what was going on around them. SPOILER ALERT No, I take that back - the only "spoiler" that could be made with this film would be to make someone believe it was going to entertain or stimulate them in any way... only for the expected experience to be SPOILED by the actual one they got. But anyway, the most obvious demonstration of the failing in the scripting/direction was then they make it out of the quarantine zone back into the US of A, where they find that the "monsters" are no longer contained within the quarantine zone and are - seemingly - running freely amok across the US. Which completely fails to phase our stalwart heroes... no concern for their families/loved ones/the lives they were expecting to return to. No shock. No horror. No fucking reaction at all. I was bored the whole way thru this movie but was prepared to give it a free ride to the end in case there was a pay-off that made it all worthwhile in the end. Nope.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Briesto, re: new Godzilla score

    by Soundblaster

    While I appreciate Ko Otani's score for GMK (especially the way he so seamlessly integrated Ifukube's themes with his own), I'd much prefer Reijiro Koroku have another go at the King of the Monsters. Koroku's score for Gojira (1984) remains one of my all time favorites. Here's an example of his more recent work: http://tinyurl.com/3ymz5ht

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Reijiro Koroku

    by Briestro

    Oh, he's awesome. A great writer. Gojira 84/The Return of Godzilla has easily the best non Ifukube music of the heisei series. The Kessen example is great stuff. I think Otani is more menacing though, by and large, which really fits the Big G. Here's a killer example, also from a ps2 game. http://tinyurl.com/23eam48 I'll take either of these 2 guys over basically anyone Hollywood has for a G flick. Hell, I'd like to do it myself! I don't write professionally though, so the chances of a good hobbyist getting that gig are fuckin zilch. B

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Monster can EAT ME!

    by dead youngling

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Not Interested In Any Improv-Based Movie

    by Autodidact

    By far my least favourite thing in movies is when actors are told to improvise the dialogue. From what I hear about Monsters they take it to the next level and the actors and director just improvised the story as they went along. Fuck that!

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 11:18 a.m. CST

    I'm calling out briestro

    by Mr. Giant

    It's fine if you hate Giacchino, but really if you want to call him a hack and basically say that you're so much better...please link to some of your shit so we can compare. Most people on this thread are pretty small-time thinkers. Even if you hated the FUCK out of Monsters, you think Edwards is going to direct Godzilla in the same way? It will be all talking and no Godzilla? Yeah right, that's what going to happen. I haven't seen Monsters so I have no opinion on the guy, but I did see the bit online where something was in the swamp water, and I thought that was pretty well done. Maybe the rest of the movie sucks, but that still doesn't mean that they hired Edwards to make a talkathon. And anyone hoping to see Godzilla battling other monsters, and that is what general America wants to see...get real, nerds. NO ONE wants to see that shit. I'd like something more like the original Godzilla, where he's the bad guy and is stomping us down. No other monsters, that's shitty.

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 4:39 p.m. CST

    mrgiant

    by Briestro

    He is a hack, compared to every single other composer working pro today who gets any kind of recognition. That is what I said. I can absolutely write more authentic Ifukube influenced shit than "Roar", give me an email addy and I would be happy to send you a few samples. The guy is stale as all hell, and I can't believe he gets work. That is all I said, don't put words in my mouth. B

  • Jan. 6, 2011, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Monsters aka Hugging Disco Cthulhu

    by Immortal_Fish

    I enjoyed the dynamic between the actors, which was even more compelling once I learned that the pair were an item. The effects (what they were) were fantastic given the budget. And despite the above, I have no fucking clue what this movie was supposed to be about. Was it an illegal alien metaphor or something? Why did the fungus glow? The movie answered nothing. Not even whether or not there was closure to the characters' journey.

  • Few remember this follow up to Godzilla 1984/5 (whichever you prefer). The biological weapon angle was perfect and way before its time (in terms of how it was used in this movie). It was the modern day equivalent of the A-bomb in Gojira. The characters were done well, and there was a decent amount of action (interntional espionage, etc). Good stuff. All Out Attack really captured the essence of Godzilla: the rage, the fantasy, and the sci-fi elements. That take on Godzilla would have been even greater if the budget allowed. Now it was cliche in that it focused on a reporter and the military, but the father/daughter aspect of those characters made that movie a bright side better than most G flicks. Keep in mind, I heap all this praise in relation to other rubber suit monster flicks. I ain't puttin' these in the same category as Titanic or nuthin'. Now I say all this because I've always felt a good Godzilla flick needed to be an action flick with monster fights going on. Final Wars was a real good attempt at this, but it was too much of a rip off the current popular sci-fi at the time (X Men, Matrix, etc.) and it was missing an emotional (not necessarily romantic) component. A simple character plot with some action/intrigue with monsters fighting is all you need. It ain't workin' with Mercury.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 8:16 a.m. CST

    Bill Erwin obit??

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    I thought I'd give it a few days. It's the new year. We got Ann Francis. Where the hell is the Bill Erwin obit? If you don't know the name, you know the face. This great character actor has been in everything. He lived every geeks dream by being in a movie with JCVD. Everyone oohs and aaahs over his appearance on Seinfeld. I never cared for that show or saw the episode. His career peak was starring with Christopher Reeve, Christopher Plummer, and Jane Seymour in Somehwere in Time. That's a movie. Although I guess technically he wasn't in the movie with Plummer and Seymour.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 8:52 a.m. CST

    I don't know if americans can make a GODZILLA movie

    by AsimovLives

    Certainly a team of an american and a german couldn't as testify by the spectacular way they failed. I haven't seen MONSTERS yet, so i might just being too skeptical with little reason. Still... i don't know, i don't know.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Good Lawdy Crisis! How can anybody claim

    by Subtitles_Off

    Jimmy Page and Piddle as simultaneous idols? How does your brain even function? "Time to get up/go to bed." "Eat some toast/spaghetti." "Kiss a girl/boy." "Listen to something cool. Where's my Zeppelin/Puff Daddy?" While it is true one needs to exercise the brain by keeping it pliable for new and different experiences, the damn thing's a delicate organ. Not a fukken Shake Weight.

  • It's just a matter of finding the right Americans. This theoretical team of filmmakers would have to understand both the philosophical underpinnings of the original film and its place in cinema history.

  • Jan. 7, 2011, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Briestro, re: Koroku or Otani...

    by Soundblaster

    ...I agree that either one of them would create a better score than an American composer. Ifukube's score was the heart and soul of the original film. Not many realize that it was Ifukube who crafted Godzilla's infamous roar. The man was a genius of sound. I'm not sure there are many young composers who are familiar with his work. I'm glad to have stumbled upon one. One the genius aspects of Koroku's Gojira (1984) score is that it deconstructs Ifukube's themes and reorganizes them in a completely unique manner. Listening to Ifukube's original Godzilla score, followed by Koroku's 1984 reinterpretation (shall we call it?) is one of my favorite musical experiences. I imagine adding Otani's GMK score into the mix would make an interesting bookend. I really love what he did with the Mothra theme.

  • Jan. 8, 2011, 1:22 a.m. CST

    soundblaster

    by Briestro

    Right on. All good stuff. Let's pray whoever does the music understands this. It was always such a huge part of the spirit of Kaiju. B