By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 19, 2013 at 11:54AM
Principal photography began March 18 in Vancouver on Warner Bros./Legendary behemoth "Godzilla" with an all-star global cast: Brit Aaron Taylor-Johnson stars alongside Japanese Ken Watanabe, French Juliette Binoche and Americans David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston as well as indie darling Elizabeth Olsen in her first studio production. She's playing Taylor-Johnson's girlfriend, natch. Cranston would play Taylor-Johnson's stepfather. Of course the humans will be dwarfed by their super-size adversary.
Gareth Edwards is making the leap from micro-budget "Monsters" to macro-budget juggernaut. Script doctor Frank Darabont did a polish.
From the looks of the exclusive footage they shared in Comic-Con's packed Hall H, this is going to be one epic monster movie. Godzilla is of course no stranger to the big screen, having starred in more than 25 films, plus TV shows, books, and video games.
The question is whether Legendary will effectively "return the character to its epic roots with a gritty, realistic actioner." It will be in 3-D.
In the footage a voiceover intones, "Now I have become death, the destroyer of worlds." Edwards told the impressed Hall H crowd that "It's very grounded and realistic...What would it be like if this all really happened?"
If you can't wait until May 16, 2014, another gigantic monster movie is coming out sooner from Guillermo del Toro, "PAcific Rim," a big-budget homage to kaiju movies like "Godzilla" (July 12, 2013). Written by Travis Beacham, the movie pits giant flying monsters form the deep against massive robot fighters commandeered by a mind-melded pair of pilots (led by Charlie Hunnam and Rinko Kikuchi). It's all original, Del Toro declared at Comic-Con. "You'll see some set pieces that have never been seen on film."
He locked his ace designers in adjoining rooms to concoct the monsters, robots and look of the world. "I wanted them to give 110%," he said, "to use their creativity, passion and madness for fuel to make this movie. When you get a big budget people get crazy or lazy. I wanted to get as close to crazy as I could."
Del Toro hates pristine and fake CG and motion capture; he dirties everything up, hits the camera with oil and water and shaking, even scratches the lens," trying to see the big kaiju "rooted in place and atmosphere and elements, like rain snow and mud." He rigged the streets with hydraulic pavement to bounce cars and buildings, shaking the entire set with physical components. "I want to create a sensation of adventure movie with something the size of a skyscraper, so humongous that it could face a tornado and win."