I just noticed over at Superhero Hype that Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen are wrangling up some contractual details to star in the new Godzilla 2014 remake movie that’s being directed by Gareth Edwards.
And I bet all Godzilla fans are cracking big smiles on the inside and getting more excited for this new take on the big green Gojira, or Kaiju (giant monster).
Other bits are that they’re joining (the still rumored) Aaron Taylor on the cast.
With every bit of news on this new Godzilla movie, it seems to get more validated that this will be a decent, quality driven movie.
First is director Edwards, whose 2010 movie, Monsters, showed he’s got what it takes to helm a good, character-driven monster movie. (And an eye for great effects.)
Then Mary Parent joined the exec production team, and Frank Darabont was going over the script. I appreciate Parent because she was a Joss Whedon supporter back in the day when no one else believed. Frank Darabont is just awesome in the $%^&! he puts together.
A Bit About Bryan Cranston
And if there’s something I like gauging a movie by, it’s the cast and crew. If a movie has quiet warning signs in the background, you don’t always see A-list cast+crew teams. But with what I’ve noted above, and now Bryan Cranston looking to join the cast, I just don’t think this movie is going to suck at all.
Cranston first came on the scene (for me) in the 2000 TV comedy, Malcolm in the Middle. He’s been in the industry a lot longer than that, having had recurring roles in Seinfeld and The Louie Show. He played Uncle Russell in the 1988 series Raising Miranda*** and even had a one-up on CHiPs, Baywatch, The Flash, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Babylon 5, The X-Files and other fun series!
***Sorry, but seeing the name Miranda brings me right back to Serenity!
After Malcolm, he had other roles, but to me, he was that comedy father guy. When he landed the role of Walter White in Breaking Bad, I wasn’t moved. Not until last year when I got a taste of some Bad. And now, I think it’s some of the best writing on TV.
Believe it or not, on the silver screen, he’s been in 46 movies, in one function or another. He’s been in Saving Private Ryan, Little Miss Sunshine, The Lincoln Lawyer, Drive, Contagion, Red Tails, John Carter, Rock of Ages, Total Recall (a total remake) and Argo.
No matter what role he picks up, he does well portraying that character. In Breaking Bad alone, he managed to take his character from a mere, meek and desperate school teacher, to a ticked off, serious scoundrel of a character.
Breaking Bad on Amazon
Oh yea, and Elizabeth Olsen is also looking to come on board…
If you’ve seen Martha Marcy May Marlene, Red Lights, Liberal Arts, Kill Your Darlings or Very Good Girls, you’ve seen her work. She was pretty impressive to me in Martha Marcy….
On Amazon: Godzilla Videos
What can you say about Godzilla?
A kaiju (giant monster) franchise in and of itself, it endures the years and has introduced fans, young and old alike, to some great, sci-fi fantasy genre movies that are pure popcorn fun.
Godzilla first showed in 1954 and it gave Toho LTD. a foothold in the entertainment industry. If he were to have an IMDb resume, it would show 28 movies to his credit. No bit parts, no stunt work. (He does his own stunts.) I’m not even going to attempt to count the games, animated features, toys, or TV series he’s graced his presence with.
For many fans, Godzilla captures the imagination of “what if!” Much like the upcoming giant monster movie starring Charlie Hunnam, Pacific Rim movie, the franchise addresses the premise of how would we live in a world where something can come along and stomp you out of existence.
But to be honest about it, he could represent any natural or man-made disaster, from an earthquake, tidal wave or even a terrorist attack. The rest is collateral details. When I first saw the 1956 Godzilla, King of the Monsters movie with Raymond Burr, it was about his experience and that of the folks around him. (Or at least, that’s what I’m remembering. It was a LONG time ago!) But I remember being moved by the mere character experience versus all the destruction the big guy deals out.
And through it all, it’s been said that Godzilla was originally created as what some would call a metaphor for the nuclear age.
Regardless of his past, now is the time to reignite the franchise of Godzilla with the younger audience who may have never seen any of his movies, for one reason or another. (Though, to be honest, I can’t imagine anyone having NOT seen or heard of him.)
BTW, if you’ve never heard of Crackle.com, you might want to check it out. They have a great collection of Godzilla movies. Sure, they’re not theee best of the collection, but if you need a fix, Crackle can get it to you!
On their first page of Godzilla Search Results, they have
- Godzilla vs. Destoroyah
- Godzilla : Tokyo S.O.S.
- Godzilla 2000
- Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla
- Godzilla : Final Wars
- Godzilla vs. Mothra
- Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla
- Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah
- Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II
It’s all serious Godzilla popcorn fun! And in 2014, I’m sure fans will hope to see the franchise kick-started once again for several more movies to come.
Regardless of what happens, fans MUST give the production and distribution company, LEGENDARY PICTURES a nod and some of your business. Just to show support for what they’ve chosen to do and the decision to step up for Godzilla fans everywhere! I mean they’ve brought some powerhouse genre films to the screen in a big way… like all the Dark Knight films, Watchmen, Inception, and quite a few others.
Who is looking forward to 2014 gang?