Bosses at the Toho Company filed suit against Voltage Pictures chiefs in California on Tuesday (May 19), a week after plans for director Nacho Vigalondo’s next film were announced at the Cannes Film Festival in France.
Colossal is due to feature Hathaway as a woman who discovers she has a psychic connection with a giant lizard which has been wreaking havoc in Tokyo.
It has jokingly been touted as “Godzilla meets Lost in Translation”, but the description has angered Toho executives, who allege Hollywood producers are “brazenly producing, advertising, and selling an unauthorised Godzilla film of their own”.
Lawyers for Toho claim Voltage producers used images of the Godzilla featured in the firm’s previous movies, including their recent Hollywood reboot, directed by Gareth Edwards, in emails to potential investors to secure financing, while they also allegedly included posters for the 2014 blockbuster in promotional packets distributed at Cannes. The sales booklets reportedly included the tagline, “Tokyo is under attack by Godzilla”.
Toho bosses are urging lawmakers to ban Voltage executives from producing Colossal, which has yet to go into production, and they are seeking unspecified damages for copyright and trademark infringements, trademark dilution, unfair competition and unjust enrichment.
Director Vigalondo has also been named as a defendant in the legal papers, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Voltage bosses have yet to comment on the lawsuit.
Anne Hathaway is to play the lead role in Colossal.
The Oscar-winning actress has signed on to star in the eagerly-awaited project from director Nacho Vigalondo, which has been described as a cross between Godzilla and Lost in Translation.
The 32-year-old star has been cast in the role of Gloria, who moves back to her hometown after losing her job as well as her fiance. Thereafter, Gloria learns that a giant lizard has attacked Tokyo, Japan and most shockingly, she seems to have a psychic connection with it. Gloria then sets about the task of trying to determine why she has such a major impact on the fate of the world.
The Devil Wears Prada is set to become a Broadway musical. The popular David Frankel-directed film – which starred Anne Hathaway as an aspiring journalist working as the assistant to a high-fashion magazine editor, played by Meryl Streep – will be adapted into a musical by Kevin McCollum, the producer behind the Rent stage show.
The Tony Award-winning producer – whose Broadway credits also include Something Rotten! and Hand to God – entered into a deal with Twentieth Century Fox in 2013 to turn their blockbuster films into musicals.
Kevin has been particularly eager to transform the well-loved movie – which also starred Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci – into a similarly successful musical, Time magazine reports.
The cast of the musical has still to be confirmed, but members of the original cast have previously suggested they’d be happy to return for a movie sequel and have also been linked to the much-discussed stage production.
Asked about reprising her on-screen character Andy for a movie sequel, Anne – who recently appeared in a one-woman stage show in New York – previously said: “I’d love to do that but I don’t know if there is any plan for it.”
Hollywood Actress Anne Hathaway Has Won A Slew Of Positive Reviews For Her One-woman Show Grounded, Which Has Been Hailed A “Real Gem” Following Its Opening In New York City.
In the play, the Les Miserables star plays a female fighter pilot who is consigned to flying drones after falling pregnant, and the show opened at The Public Theater in the Big Apple on Sunday (April 26).
Hathaway goes it alone in the one-woman production, directed by Julie Taymor, and her performance has been branded “fiercely good” by the New York Times’ Charles Isherwood, who adds, “Ms. Hathaway expertly delineates the gradual disintegration of her character’s equilibrium… You get a chill.”
Joe Dziemianowicz of the New York Daily News gives George Brant’s play four stars out of five and adds, “The play’s a real gem… Hathaway… who thrives on stage, is riveting. From gung-ho exhilaration to excruciating despair to the brink of losing it, she is in command even (though) her character isn’t. In Grounded, Hathaway flies high.”
Alexis Soloski of Britain’s The Guardian newspaper writes, “This is a consciously chameleonesque performance: movie glamour is exchanged for scraped-back hair and minimal make-up; mid-Atlantic vowels for Wyoming drawl… The script demands a heightened performance, especially as the pilot grows increasingly unstrapped from observable reality, and Hathaway delivers… She goes full throttle here.”
The Oscar winner stars in an off-Broadway production of Grounded, a one-woman play by George Brant about a female fighter pilot who is reassigned as a drone operative after falling pregnant.
Director Julie Taymor has now revealed the actress met with real life members of the military in a bid to understand the logistics of war. She tells the New York Post, “(In) October I saw Anne in L.A. (from) November to February, we did homework. Investigating, learning, talking to pilots. She visited fighter bases… It’s a warfare issue. The project’s powerful, timely, provocative.”
The play runs at New York City’s The Public Theater until May 17.
Anne Hathaway is in the ‘last stage’ of adopting a child. The Devil Wears Prada star is reportedly ‘nervous (but) happy’ about being so close to welcoming a little boy or girl with her husband Adam Shulman.
A source told US’ OK! magazine: “Anne is so happy and nervous. She can’t quite believe it’s so close to becoming reality. It’s truly a blessing, and she and Adam can’t stop talking about it.”
The couple – who wed in 2012 – are said to be ‘bragging’ to their friends and family about the impending arrival.
An insider added to Star magazine: “The couple has been bragging to anyone who will listen about the new baby they are going to receive. “But, unlike several other celebrities, Anne Hathaway has opted to adopt an American baby rather than one from overseas because she wants to help kids close to home.”
The 32-year-old star and the Song One actor, 34, are believed to be keen to have their own children one day, too, and they are considering making the move from New York to the West Coast, nearer Anne’s mother Kate, so the child is able to ‘enjoy the culture of the city’.
Anne Hathaway is set to star in The Burning Woman. The 32-year-old actress reportedly signed up to the project, which is being produced by Ridley Scott’s company Scott Free, after reading the script by Brad Ingelsby, who is said to have penned it with the raven-haired star in mind as the leading character, sources told Deadline.
The drama/thriller movie is based on an original idea by the scriptwriter and tells the story of a 32-year-old woman who is left devastated when her teenage daughter goes missing and as a result, she is left to bring up her daughter’s son on her own. The film will capture the 11 years after her child goes missing up to the discovery of the truth of what happened.
Producers Ridley, Michael Schaefer and Michael Pruss are now on the hunt for a director before looking for a distributor.
Anne Hathaway plans to learn her lines for her new one-woman show while driving. The 32-year-old actress is set to star in Grounded, which opens in New York in April, and she intends to prepare for the show while travelling from LA with her husband Adam Shulman.
A source told the New York Post’s Page Six column: “Anne’s learning 41-pages of dialogue. “She’s going to drive. Adam Shulman’s going to run the lines with her as they go.”
Grounded is about a fighter pilot who is assigned to operate drones when she gets pregnant. The 70-minute stage show, directed by Julie Taymor, will be held at the Public Theater in New York.