Godzilla Remake Officially Announced At Comic Con
UPDATE!: After doing some research, we've discovered the source of the quote that is used as the voice over for the Godzilla teaser. Apparently it was a quote from scientist Robert Oppenheimer, who is best known for being the scientific director on the Manhattan Project, aka the building of the atomic bomb. The full quote is as follows:
We knew the world would not be the same. Few people laughed, few people cried, most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita. Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and to impress him takes on his multi-armed form and says, "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.
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We heard rumors that Legendary Pictures might be ready to officially announce their Godzilla remake at Comic Con today, hot on the heels of Guillermo del Toro's own Pacific Rim, about giant monsters from the sea. Now we know the news is true-- today in Hall H, after the Pacific Rim presentation ended, a surprise trailer for Godzilla screened for the thrilled audience. They also announced that Gareth Edwards, who formerly made the indie Monsters, will be directing the Godzilla remake-- then Edwards himself took the stage in front of an ecstatic crowd.
Here's how it went down, according to our own Eric Eisenberg who was on the scene. It started with footage of a destroyed city, and voiceover talking about the Hindu proverb about Vishnu taking on his multi-armed form (you know, this guy). The voice-over specifically quotes Vishnu saying "'Now I have become death, the destroyer of worlds." From there we hear the iconic Godzilla scream, and it leads to a shot of Godzilla stomping through a cloud of dust. You see the spiked back, you hear the familiar thudding storms, and then the camera pans up the monster's face-- where, of course, it screams again.
When Edward took the stage he explained that the reboot would be taking the Godzilla idea "very seriously," asking themselves "If this really happened, what would it be like?" He's promising a grounded and realistic film that isn't particularly sci-fi, so I guess we're meant to imagine what would happen in our own regular lives if suddenly a monster rose from the sea. Edwards said he had to tell himself not to cry listening to the fan reaction to the trailer, which should be a good sign of how committed he is to the material.
They gave the footage an encore viewing after Edwards was done talking, and of course, the crowd went bananas for it again. We'll hopefully have more info for you about Godzilla after the panel, but in the meantime, let us know in the comments if you're excited to see it!
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