Gareth Edwards’ ‘Godzilla’ is stomping closer and closer to a theatrical release on May 16th and in anticipation, a new international trailer has been released. Just like in the previous US trailers, the big guy himself is mostly obscured and merely referenced (even though the toys have been revealed, somewhat spoiling the surprise, the filmmakers were clearly aiming for).
Instead, we get some more personal glimpses highlighting human stars Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen. Well, it can’t be all giant monsters stomping around, can it?
Director Edwards did take a moment to explain one of the films that most heavily influenced the visuals of his kaiju remake:
“I think one of the most visually breathtaking films ever made is ‘Akira’. In terms of films you’re jealous you didn’t make, ‘Akira’ is in my top ten for sure… My concept designer, who worked on the movie and had a very big influence on the film and storyboards, it’s his favorite graphic novel. We pulled all our favorite moments from ‘Akira’ and had this library of reference, so whenever we got stuck, or we ever felt like a sequence wasn’t inspired enough, or we didn’t know exactly how to give it that edge to made it feel as epic as we could, we would always thumb through the ‘Akira’ imagery and suddenly get a wave of excitement or a new direction. A lot of imagery from that film subconsciously or consciously affected this one. I’d never claim that our film is as good as that. It’s just a strong piece of filmmaking. It’s so brave with its storytelling.”
Check out the new international trailer below and see if you can detect the ‘Akira’ influences on this movie:
What do you think? Does the ‘Akira’ influence translate?
In addition, we have these images from the production of the movie:
Are you excited to see a remake of ‘Godzilla’? More importantly, will the “King of all Monsters” outperform last year’s giant monster epic ‘Pacific Rim’? ‘Need For Speed’ topped the box office based largely on the popularity of ‘Breaking Bad’ alum Aaron Paul’s status as the lead actor in the film. Will ‘Breaking Bad’ fans continue to support its stars and get behind Cranston in the lead role in ‘Godzilla’?
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