I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that Colossal is probably the most unique kaiju movie to come out of American cinema. In it, Anne Hathaway plays a woman who finds herself (while in the midst of a personal crisis) mentally connected to a giant monster terrorizing a Southeast Asian city. It’s a giant monster comedy, and those don’t come around too often.
We got our first look with a teaser trailer a few weeks ago, but a full length one hit earlier today. Honestly, to say I’m excited for this film is an understatement — it feels original, and you don’t see that too often these days.
We first talked about the film Colossal waaaay back in 2015, because director Nacho Vigalondo got in a bit of hot water for using an image of Godzilla while trying to shop it around. Well, it’s 2017, the film found a distributor long ago, and we’re now getting to finally see a trailer for it.
And it looks pretty funny.
Colossal, for those who didn’t know, stars Anne Hathaway as a woman who finds herself mentally connected to a giant monster terrorizing a Southeast Asian city. Also starring Dan Stevens and Jason Sudeikis, the whole thing looks pretty damned amusing.
Colossal is currently scheduled for a April 7, 2017 US release.
On this episode we got up early and recorded in the morning, and then had to start over because we screwed up the audio and didn’t notice until we got ten minutes into the episode! It’s exciting!
We talk about Supergirl‘s pilot getting leaked online, The Craft getting a remake, Black Widow getting left out of an Avengers toy, Toho suing over unauthorized uses of Godzilla in Colossal‘s marketing, and Trae went to Anime Central.
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Director Nacho Vigalondo is currently trying to shop around his film Colossal, which is about a woman (played by Anne Hathaway) who finds herself psychically connected to a giant lizard fighting a giant robot in Tokyo. Vigalondo has described it at “the cheapest Godzilla movie ever,” and maybe he shouldn’t have.
Well, that and maybe he shouldn’t have promoted it with pictures directly lifted from Godzilla (2014), because that kind of got Toho angry.
And you wouldn’t like Toho when they’re angry.
Toho has filed a lawsuit against the filmmaker, claiming it’s an unauthorized Godzilla film.
And I don’t blame them.
You see, Colossal has been blatantly using Godzilla images (and the name) in its promotions. Here I’ve attached a screen shot from an email to investors and a photo of the movie poster being used at Cannes (both taken from the lawsuit):
Of course, no one seems to have mentioned that the robot in the promotions is clearly Mazinger Z. I wonder if anyone has told Go Nagai about this?
Honestly? This looks pretty open and shut. It just goes to show that while it’s totally cool to allude to cultural icons, it’s probably a terrible idea to just directly steal copyrighted images and toss them on your posters.