Toho/Godzilla is suing Anne Hathaway's kaiju movie

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http://www.avclub.com/article/company-owns-godzilla-suing-anne-hathaways-kaiju-m-219677

the Japanese film company that owns the rights to Godzilla, is suing the producers of an upcoming kaiju movie. They charge that the people behind Colossal, in which Anne Hathaway plays a New York woman who travels to Tokyo after discovering she has with a psychic link to the beast, are “brazenly producing, advertising, and selling an unauthorized Godzilla film of their own.”
The charges come from a pitch email for the film that was sent to potential distributors and investors and included an image from Gareth Edwards’ 2013 Godzilla reboot as well as the phrase, “Tokyo is under attack by Godzilla and a giant robot.”
Director and now co-defendant Nacho Vigalondo may have also unwittingly contributed to the demise of his own film in an interview given last year where he said, “It’s going to be the cheapest Godzilla movie ever, I promise. It’s going to be a serious Godzilla movie but I’ve got an idea that’s going to make it so cheap that you will feel betrayed.” Production company Voltage Pictures doesn’t look very good in all of this either, considering the company filed mass lawsuits against people who illegally appropriated its intellectual property by downloading movies in 2010 and 2013.
According to its complaint—filed in California federal court earlier today—Toho wants production on Colossal stopped immediately, along with unspecified damages.

Colossal isn’t scheduled to begin production until September, so there presumably aren’t any production stills to include in initial promotional materials. And “Godzilla” is kind of like “Kleenex”—technically a brand name, but used as shorthand for a whole range of products/nuclear metaphors. But isn’t there some sort of concept art they could be using in promotional materials instead of stills of a copyrighted character from a recent movie? Clearly, not a lot of thought went into that promotional email (note that Vigalondo’s name is also spelled incorrectly), but the Photoshopped poster and director’s notes show forethought and intent. There’s probably an opening in Voltage Pictures’ marketing department, is what we’re saying.




This movie sounds terrible. Anne, why.
 

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Wow at that poster. They straight up took 2014 Godzilla and shopped him on there.

I came in expecting to be mad at Toho but they definitely have a case here.
 
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Did she think this was actually like a quick commercial or something and would never see the light of day outside of certain countries?

She can't be that hard up for cash yet.
 
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So they used the image of Godzilla and the name to sell the movie to investors, that was stupid. The plotline seems like it could actually be interesting in the the right hands but the director hasn't seemed to make anything worth watching since Timecrimes.
 
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In the movie — described as Transformers versus Adaptation and Godzilla meets Being John Malkovich; Hathaway will play Gloria, an ordinary woman who, after losing her job and her fiancé, decides to leave her life in New York to move back to her hometown.
Ayy....
 
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So they used the image of Godzilla and the name to sell the movie to investors, that was stupid. The plotline seems like it could actually be interesting in the the right hands but the director hasn't seemed to make anything worth watching since Timecrimes.
I don't think it's that big of a deal. I mean, the thing's obviously internal concept art, not what the final release poster's gonna be.

It's like pitching Edge of Tomorrow as a cross between Starship Troopers and Groundhog Day. If you were gonna do that, it wouldn't be some awful sin to have some preliminary concept art featuring Starship Troop... well wait, I guess the movie Starship Troopers really didn't have any powered armor, so that's a bad example. Okay, but uh... well, you know what I mean.
 
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