Producer Dan Lin Talks GODZILLA Reboot; Production To Take Place In Vancouver

Producer Dan Lin Talks GODZILLA Reboot; Production To Take Place In Vancouver

Lin offers an update on WB/Legendary Pictures' Godzilla reboot, confirming that filming begins in March and will likely shoot in Vancouver. He also comments on director Gareth Edwards' realistic approach.

Speaking with Collider, producer Dan Lin offers an update on Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures' anticipated Godzilla reboot. We previously heard that the movie will begin production in March, which Lin confirms, as well as where they are in pre-production. "We’re planning to film in March. We are in deep pre-production. Gareth [Edwards] has really mapped out his vision for the movie, you saw the teaser, but Gareth—thanks to [Legendary CEO] Thomas Tull’s help—he took over a whole stage on the Warner Brothers lot and not only showed the teaser you saw, he had some models built of Godzilla, he had art decorated all over the soundstage, he had pre-vis of some of the big action sequences in the movie." As for where Godzilla will be filming, Lin names one shooting location. "Most likely it's filming in Vancouver."

We previously heard from director Gareth Edwards that his take on the long-running franchise will be a more realistic approach. Lin comments on this approach, agreeing that this will be a grounded version of Godzilla. "So we’re in deep pre-production and Gareth’s vision of the movie is really exciting, it’s a true reboot of Godzilla. And you saw from the Comic-Con footage it is a grounded, realistic version of Godzilla. What would happen if Godzilla came into our world today?"

Godzilla is set to hit theaters May 16th, 2014 in 3D.

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Filed Under "Sci-Fi" 12/19/2012 Source: Collider
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mk - 12/19/2012, 2:02 PM
Better keep that godzilla laser beam on film!
toco89 - 12/19/2012, 2:05 PM
"What would happen if Godzilla came into our world today?”

In Vancouver.
Durf - 12/19/2012, 2:20 PM
Better not [frick] this up! So excited for this movie man

@toco: lol
Maia87 - 12/19/2012, 2:29 PM
"...And you saw from the Comic-Con footage it is a grounded, realistic version of Godzilla."

NO I did'nt see it, I wasn't there! Waiting for the teaser for months!!! Just put it online! I'm sick of blurry pics.

XxComablackxX1937 - 12/19/2012, 2:31 PM
So excited!!!!!

I really hope this is to be the film is was hoping to see in 1998.

I'll give Gareth Edwards the benefit of the doubt as he is also a fan of Godzilla.
Xandera - 12/19/2012, 2:38 PM
How can a movie about a giant monster be grounded in reality????
Greengo - 12/19/2012, 2:45 PM
Poor Gawdziwa
XxComablackxX1937 - 12/19/2012, 2:47 PM
(Grounded in reality)

He mean's how the world would react if an atomic breathing monster rose from the sea, How would the government react, The effects of radiation, an also the aftermath of damage Godzilla an the other monsters cause.

Thats what he means by grounded in reality.

An No the 1998 film wasn't realistic in any sense.
616 - 12/19/2012, 2:52 PM
Nobody wants a Godzilla flick to be grounded in reality. Nobody. If I'm wrong let got struck me down.
Ocelot - 12/19/2012, 2:55 PM
what the hell is a " grounded, realistic version of Godzilla." the big guy needs to be tearing up buildings, the military and other monsters. DO NOT want to see a movie that hardly features him
Vadakin - 12/19/2012, 3:00 PM
A while back I pitched an idea for a sequel to the original Gojira.

In the years since the original, Godzilla has returned after being presumed dead and has made his home on a small Japanese island. Godzilla considers Tokyo part of its territory and every now and then, goes on a rampage through Tokyo, just to mark its territory.

Decades pass and the Japanese have taken the Godzilla presence in their stride. After years of failing to destroy the monster, they've learned to put up with it and society in Tokyo is now arranged around Godzilla. Buildings are constructed in a more robust way to give them a better chance to stay standing after a Godzilla attack. Shelters have been built all around the city, buried underground for people to go to when the alarm sounds, it's gotten to a stage where a death in a Godzilla attack has become pretty rare thanks to early warning systems. In fact more people die in crashes in a week in all of Japan than die from a Godzilla attack in Tokyo. In fact a booming tourist trade has arisen with thrill-seekers traveling to Japan in the hope of actually being part of an attack.

Japan's "oh well" attitude towards Godzilla doesn't sit well with the rest of the world and when a cargo vessel is attacked, the world decides to take action. Since Japan had already spent years trying to kill Godzilla and failed, the first thought is to nuke the island (because that worked out so well the last time a lizard was nuked...) but since the island in Japanese, who don't like the idea of their territory being nuked, for obvious reasons, a UN backed team is sent to the island to subdue Godzilla and basically poison it to death.

It all goes quite well and Godzilla's lifeless body sinks into the sea. The world is free from the mutant dinosaur...but the peace doesn't last long. Soon, other monsters begin attacking Tokyo and it turns out that Godzilla wasn't just rampaging, he was marking his territory in order to keep the other monsters at bay and with Godzilla gone, the other monsters are free to lay waste to Tokyo.

So the Japanese decide on the lesser of two evils and attempt to find hopefully revive Godzilla so it can defeat the other monsters and force them to return to the island...if you like. :P
lntrn8 - 12/19/2012, 3:24 PM
The "realistic approach" was done in 1998 . . .

The TRex-Iguana-Zilla does not interest me.
AztecRainGod - 12/19/2012, 3:31 PM

Godzilla better look like Godzilla, not like this crap.

Funsize - 12/19/2012, 5:06 PM
Been waiting for a green-lit Godzilla reboot for years.
ManofSteel23 - 12/19/2012, 5:12 PM
if godzilla was real,I think the government wouldn't think twice about nuking it lol
Bodwulf - 12/19/2012, 7:16 PM
I like my Godzilla realistic and grounded like this!
Godzilla Vs King Kong
Brady1138 - 12/19/2012, 7:37 PM
If Godzilla were realistic, he would be dead from nuclear poisoning or scattered into thousands of pieces when the nuke hit him.
havoc9987 - 12/19/2012, 7:51 PM

DioFoRio - 12/19/2012, 8:17 PM
enough with the reality thing. It sounds stupid. Basically they are saying were are not going to make this hoakey. Stop with the grounded shit too. Makes you sound like you're embarrassed of your subject matter.

Side note @Vadakin...Cool idea for a story..instead of rebuilding "robust"Structures, they should just build shit outta legos. 1. Easier to put back together 2. They hurt like a muther fugger when ya step on em...give ole' Gojira something to think about if he returned.
THORGodOfThunder - 12/19/2012, 8:29 PM
Guess I'm going to have to find out where they are filming here in Vancouver and try and get some pics!
mgeoff88 - 12/19/2012, 8:38 PM
I think this will be one of the reboots that is actually successful. And is also very necessary.

The first American Godzilla movie is a joke.

@lntrn8 That movie killed the Godzilla movie franchise in America. I really hope the reboot can save Godzilla over here.

There is only one Godzilla:

GUNSMITH - 12/19/2012, 8:41 PM
GhostZillaRider - 12/19/2012, 10:14 PM
@Vadakin: I really like your concept. It's outstanding. Why can't guys like us with great ideas find their way into Hollywood? Dude, we'd tear sh!t up!!! Full props, Brother. Your idea rocks!
loki668 - 12/19/2012, 10:14 PM
It's going to be a character piece about a "fish out of water" who finds his world turned upside down, in the modern world. In his search for a job and love, Godzilla learns that it's not always about the people in your life, it's about how many skyscrapers you can take down in a single kick. Starring Rob Schneider.

Lord Loki has spoken
pepe - 12/19/2012, 10:30 PM
... Why you wanna treat me so bad... is it cuz I love ya?
Vadakin - 12/20/2012, 5:06 AM
@GhostZillaRider I think it would work on a lot of levels. First, it would be set in Tokyo. It would be a direct sequel to the original Gojira and while it would effectively ignore the rest of the franchise continuity, it would pay homage to them by introducing Monster Island and other monsters, allowing the opportunity to bring in Rodan or King Ghidorah. It also links into Japan's history with nuclear weapons and aversion to them which is in part, what Gojira was an allegory for. The UN-backed taskforce would provide an international cast to satisfy studios afraid of the lowest common denominator not watching a film with all Japanese people. It would also confirm Godzilla's status as king of the monsters.
Ha1frican - 12/20/2012, 6:49 AM
That awkward moment when i was a 90's kid tht was obsessed with the 1998 version...
GhostZillaRider - 12/20/2012, 8:24 AM
@Vadakin: Like I said, your idea is top notch. I couldn't agree more with your take on Big G. Wish you were screenwriting for the new movie. Still, I have high hopes that they'll make this a truly worthy Godzilla film.
Keep being boss!!!
JazzBebopHero - 12/20/2012, 10:09 AM
Hollywood needs to treat Godzilla with respect and the make this film properly. No one wants a bastardized version of Godzilla akin to the 1998 film. They need to respect the source material, do research on Godzilla, and listen to what us hard-core fans are saying.
GrayMatter - 12/20/2012, 10:30 AM
Hopefully this "realistic" approach doesn't mean we get Godzilla 1998 all over again.

Seriously, if the Japanese have to rename this monster Zilla (again) and have the real Godzilla kick it's ass (again), I think that'll pretty much end any hopes of a good big-budget spectacle Godzilla movie. We'll just have to stick with Japenese guys in rubber suits.

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