One of the bigger surprises to come out of Comic-Con this weekend was the announcement that Legendary Pictures will in fact be going ahead with “Monsters” director Gareth Edwards‘ vision of “Godzilla.” The director took to the Hall H stage with some conceptual footage and the promise that his movie would be a realistic take on the story rather than yet another blockbuster sci-fi slant on the classic Japanese monster.
We weren’t present to watch the footage, but our friends over at /Film were. Here’s how they described the test teaser screened:
“The teaser (which was shown twice) is fairly brief, with the camera slowly moving through an utterly devastated urban landscape. There’s even a building that looks like a monster walked right through it, and we see the suggestion of a six-armed beast lying dead in rubble. Then the money shot: Godzilla, seen from behind, turning his head to the camera in profile before emitting the monster’s signature screech.”
Everything we’ve heard about “Godzilla’s” brief panel has led us to believe that what was screened might not necessarily be the shape of things to come. The above teaser seems to be more of a proof of concept than anything else. But what’s interesting is that snippets from Manhattan Project participant J. Robert Oppenheimer quotes about the atom bomb were used over the teaser’s imagery, which seems to imply that this project will be influenced by the theme of atomic energy in a way similar to the original “Godzilla.” That has us intrigued more than anything else we’ve heard.