CCI: Gareth Edwards Offers First Look at ‘Grounded’ Godzilla

The Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. Hall H presentations at Comic Con International were segued by a tantalizing peek at director Gareth Edwards’ Monsters follow-up Godzilla.

After premiering jaw-dropping footage from director Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming Pacific Rim, and prior to unveiling looks at Man of Steel and The Hobbit, the crowd was treated to an unscheduled surprise as the lights mysteriously dimmed.

The teaser trailer that followed, albeit sparse, proved atmospheric and disturbing enough to be truly goose bump-inducing. Perhaps because, as the footage of a sepia-toned, smoke and dust-covered landscape opens, we hear the crackling tones of J. Robert Oppenheimer’s voice saying, “We knew the world would not be the same,” an excerpt from his famous “I am become Death” speech. We see ruined buildings – huge hunks taken out of skyscrapers, with people scaling the sides like ants. A haunting score throbs low, and beats with each cut as Oppenheimer continues, “Most people were silent” as a derailed train comes into view, pieces flattened to the ground as if stepped on or punched, dead bodies like scattered specks surrounding it. At the “Vishnu takes on his multi-armed form” portion, we glimpse the talon-tipped hands of a creature reaching through the dust, arms embracing a fallen building.

With the infamous line, “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds,” the smoke clears ever so slightly to reveal a roaring monster in profile, triggering an eruption from Hall H. The top third of the monster is in view, and seems fairly faithful to previous versions, with a lizard-like head and somewhat-pointed snout, and the jagged triangular fins jutting from its backbone.

Shortly after the crowd finally died down, Edwards was called on stage, where he hinted at the tone he’ll take in depicting the iconic movie monster. “We’re just going to take it really seriously,” he said. “I’ve wanted to see this movie this way all my life. Imagine if this really happened – as crazy as it sounds – what would it really be like? There’s nothing sci-fi about this movie – it’s very grounded, realistic.”

And in a touching testament to how a powerful Hall H reaction resonates with a film’s creator, Edwards then admitted, “Honest to God, I was standing there – when these guys screamed and everything, I was like, ‘Okay, don’t cry, Gareth!’”

He continued, joking, “I’ve never worked this hard, this long and been this emotionally invested in something that’s lasted a few seconds since the time I lost my virginity!” The crowd roared with laughter – clearly the proper reaction, as they were treated to a second viewing of the footage shortly thereafter.

Godzilla is set for release in 2014.

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  • http://www.JasonGoldtrap.com Jason Goldtrap

    I’d love to see the first trailer of the 2014 Godzilla movie. A search so far has yield 25 trailers which say they are official and then you click on and see its fan made. Yes, this is my life. JG

  • http://www.facebook.com/dfullam David Fullam

    American Ultraman, American Godzilla, American Guyver, American Fist of the North Star. If this does not erase the memory of those disasters and joins them on the dung heap of history, I will personally burn Hollywood down.

  • http://twitter.com/Homier Randy Homier

    Very Grounded, and Godzilla are not something that should be in the same sentence. The only way A Godzilla film would be grounded, if Big G was just some real tall guy with a scaly skin condition and very bad breath.

  • Shaun

    I would kill (almost) to see this clip.

    i agree that Godzilla can’t be “realistic”, but I can see the point. If he were real, what would happen? Of course, the current “Godzilla” series is currently playing out that particular scenario quite well. 

  • Andy E. Nystrom

    That’s one of my biggest pet peeves about You Tube.  What would be nice is if any trailer with the word “Official” in it got put in a queue and only posted upon confirmation that it was truly official.

  • Christopher Lorenzo

    There was an American “Ultraman”?  Where?  When?  As a kid, I enjoyed the hell outta that poorly dubbed UHF after school monsterfest import.

  • shanks

    What he means by “grounded” is the amount of destruction and loss of life something like this might cause.

    I was in Hall H when the footage was shown and when they started to pan the camera up Godzilla’s back, you knew who you were looking at. This is Godzilla and yet it is going to have a much more serious tone to it.

    The footage was incredible, so much so that the crowd wanted to see it a second time and did. 

  • shanks

    What he means by “grounded” is the amount of destruction and loss of life something like this might cause.

    I was in Hall H when the footage was shown and when they started to pan the camera up Godzilla’s back, you knew who you were looking at. This is Godzilla and yet it is going to have a much more serious tone to it.

    The footage was incredible, so much so that the crowd wanted to see it a second time and did. 

  • Anon

    “…clearly the proper reaction, as they were treated to a second viewing of the footage shortly thereafter”… meanwhile, the rest of us G-fans who were too poor or too far away to attend what used to be a convention about comic books, are shut out and can’t even view the new trailer online. What a bunch of elitist crap! I hope it flops at the box office, that way Warner, Legendary and Toho all get to reap the rewards of another crappy remake/reboot/reimagining while alienating their built-in fan base.

  • Anocsolkasi

    Go and watch the very first Godzilla movie. Then look at your comment. Godzilla burned an entire city to the ground and hundreds of people died.