Is ‘Pacific Rim’ Becoming ‘Godzilla’ or What? Here’s What I’m Seeing

by on March 27, 2011

in Entertainment

Is Pacific Rim becoming the new Godzilla remake or what?  I’ve not seen a lot of Godzilla news and there’s been some noise about Pacific Rim, so I take a look at both movies and see what’s up.

Godzilla News

Classic GODZILLABack in March of 2010 Cinema Static discovered that Legendary Pictures got an agreement from Toho Co., and together with Warner Bros., were looking to bring us a new version of Godzilla, but based around the intent of the original film.

It was then, that we learned that they were looking for a director for their Godzilla movie.

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In August 2010  some new information came out on the film development where an image of a sculpted bust of Godzilla started making the rounds.  It was then that a new promo image from Legendary started making the rounds.

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In Sept of 2010 producer Brian Rogers stepped up in an interview and confirmed that Godzilla will be a live-action project and that it will contain either a monster or monsters and that they were looking to correct the misdirection that Sony took when they went with Godzilla fighting the military.

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In January 2011, it was announced that Gareth Edwards (Monsters) was tapped to direct the movie and that they were going to be more focused on how the characters in the movie deal with the destruction brought about by the  big green guy.  So Gareth Edwards is directing Godzilla.

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That’s the last bit of news I’ve heard to date on that project.

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Enter Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim News

As everyone knows, or maybe not, Guillermo del Toro has dropped out of At the Mountains of Madness because Universal didn’t want the movie to have an ‘R’ rating.  But Guillermo del Toro announced that his next directorial film project will be Pacific Rim from Legendary Pictures, written by Travis Beacham (Clash of the Titans).

About Pacific Rim

GODZILLA or GOJIRA with GHIDORAH and othersAccording to the website, News In Film, Pacific Rim is about an alternate Earth where a “Kaiju” or towering Godzilla-like monster crawls out of a hole in the Pacific ocean and attacks a city.  In subsequent times, more and more monsters come out of this hole.  On the other side of that hole is what’s called “The Anteverse.” It’s another or alternate universe.

As monsters pour out of the hole, stomping on sea-bordering cities, the military develops the Jaeger Program.  The Jaeger program puts a pair of “pilots” in huge mechanized suits of armor and high-tech weaponry to fight the monsters.  And there seems to be some great underlying human conflict in this script.

I’m not spilling any more details on the plot because it’s so early in the process of development that I’m not sure how much of this is accurate and News in Film doesn’t specify where their information comes from.  No diss on them… I just don’t know the site like I do other sites that get inside scoops.

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My initial observations show how this movie could be mixed up with the new Godzilla movie…  If you look up Kaiju, that’s a term related to large movie monsters.  If accurate or even closely related to accurate, this movie sounds like Godzilla meets Robotech or Gundam and it has instantly captured my inner-child’s imagination.

Then word on the street is saying that Legendary asked Del Toro to make Pacific Rim into the new Godzilla movie.  I mean, heck, it sure sounds ripe for the conversion.  But it’s being reported that Del Toro is not interested in going that route, plus as noted previously, Gareth Edwards has been working on the script.

There are other bits in the news… two websites, both with concrete sources, seem to be at odds with their details.  And also that Pacific Rim is being rewritten to remove Japan from the storyline of destruction, out of respect for what they’ve just gone through with their recent disaster.  (PS:  I’ve already tossed a huge chunk of change at the Red Cross to help with the Japan relief.  I invite you to do the same!  Every little penny helps.  Think about it, if everyone in the U.S. only sent $1, they’d have $300M for assistance. )

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Final Thoughts

That’s all the news I have for everyone right now.  Everyone is all aflutter about the news or reports and I’m feeling like I’m caught in the middle between these differing news developments between two websites I respect very much.  But I have to say that an argument for Pacific Rim staying as its own entity is that by the time this movie could finally get to the theaters, I have to wonder how many movie-goers will be going through Transformers withdrawals?  (That’s in reference to the Jaeger machines.) But how many giant monster movies will be readily digested by the public at the box office?

For now, until we (that’s me, you or anyone else) hear differently, here’s what we do have:

  • Gareth Edwards is directing the new Godzilla remake movie from Legendary Pictures.
  • Legendary Pictures is also making a monster movie about multiple giant monsters attacking the Earth.

My only other thought, as wild and fantastical as it could be is this:  Gareth Edwards has been replaced by Guillermo del Toro and the onset movie codename for the Godzilla remake is Pacific Rim and people just aren’t getting all the right news quite yet because these plans or actions are still in their infancy and that’s why trusted sources have two different stories and other conflicting bits.  Yea, yea, crazy.  But that could explain this latest confusion.  (I’m probably not helping with that last piece of PURE CONJECTURE!)

As always, time will be the telling factor!

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Legendary Pictures Godzilla Press Release:

*LEGENDARY PICTURES TO DEVELOP AND PRODUCE MAJOR MOTION PICTURE BASED ON TOHO COMPANY’S ICONIC MONSTER, GODZILLA*

Burbank, CA – March 29, 2010 – Legendary Pictures announced today that they will develop and produce a new film based on Toho Company’s famed GODZILLA character. Through the terms of the agreement, Legendary Pictures has acquired the rights to produce a movie inspired by Toho’s Godzilla, a franchise the Japanese company created and has nurtured for over fifty years.

Toho’s GODZILLA franchise boasts one of the most widely recognized film creatures worldwide, resulting in a series of books, television programs, video games and more than 25 films worldwide. Legendary intends to approach the film and its characters in the most authentic manner possible. The company will, in the near future, announce a filmmaker to helm the film for an intended 2012 release. The film will fall under the company’s co-production and co-financing deal with Warner Bros. Toho will distribute the film in Japan.

“Godzilla is one of the world’s most powerful pop culture icons, and we at Legendary are thrilled to be able to create a modern epic based on this long-loved Toho franchise,” said Thomas Tull, Chairman and CEO of Legendary. “Our plans are to produce the Godzilla that we, as fans, would want to see. We intend to do justice to those essential elements that have allowed this character to remain as pop-culturally relevant for as long as it has.”

“Godzilla is a signature Japanese character which we have nurtured over the years. It is a great honor to reach an agreement with Legendary Pictures, the parent to many a blockbuster film, and we are delighted in rebooting the character together to realize its much anticipated return by fans from all over the world,” comments Hideyuki Takai, President of Toho Co., Ltd. “We are anxious to find out where Godzilla’s new stomping will take us.”

“Godzilla is emblematic of the kind of branded, event films for which Warner Bros. and our partners at Legendary are best known. We have enjoyed a great deal of success together to date and this newest opportunity represents yet another chance for us to collaborate on a property that is very clearly in their wheelhouse,” said Jeff Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

In addition to Legendary, producers on the new film will be Dan Lin, Roy Lee and Brian Rogers. Yoshimitsu Banno, Kenji Okuhira and Doug Davison will Executive Produce.

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[ News in Film, Bloody Disgusting.]

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Bruce has been been writing for the web since 1999. He likes to take a more pragmatic approach to most of the news and marketing that gets floated out there while still keeping a light tone about it.

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