“Straight Outta Compton” star O’Shea Jackson Jr. is in negotiations to join Legendary’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters.”
The title of Japanese monster movie "Shin Godzilla," an idiosyncratic take on the by-now iconic kaiju monster, can be interpreted in a few different ways: "New Godzilla," "True Godzilla" or "God Godzilla." "God Godzilla" seems most fitting since "Gojira," originally a combination of the Japanese words for "gorilla" and "whale," is translated as "God Incarnate" by characters in the film.
Reboots of popular film titles can go one of two ways: they can either take the best parts of the original and spin it in an exciting new direction or they can completely miss the mark. Thankfully for director Gareth Edwards, his new reboot of Godzilla was able to intrigue audiences enough to become king of the box office this past weekend to the tune of $93.2 million, the second highest stateside opening this year after Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Gareth Edwards' 2014 "Godzilla" takes its cues from that great sequence, and from the 1954 original's Hiroshima-and-Nagasaki inspired tracking shot past a row of bloodied hospital patients, and the camcordered immediacy of "Cloverfield," and the gas station sequence in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds," and the Do Lung Bridge sequence of "Apocalypse Now," in which American soldiers' enemies were portrayed as faraway shadows, shooting flares and yelling obscenities.
An epic rebirth to Toho's iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, pits the world's most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.