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.”
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.
Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice, known together as Jenny and Johnny, wrote a bunch of original songs for Song One, the new film starring Anne Hathaway. The film’s soundtrack has been detailed, Exclaim reports. It’s out January 13 via Lakeshore.
Most of Lewis and Rice’s songs are performed by Johnny Flynn, one of the film’s stars. Hathaway appears on the soundtrack once. The soundtrack also features songs by Sharon Van Etten, Dan Deacon, Nina Simone, and others.
This isn’t the first time Lewis and Hathaway have collaborated together, either. Hathaway (along with Kristen Stewart and Brie Larson) appeared in the video for Lewis’ hit single off The Voyager, “Just One of the Guys.”
The film is set for a limited release January 23rd. The soundtrack is due on shelves January 13th. Full tracklist below.
Director Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is already a hit at the box office, taking in over $326 million worldwide after just one week in release. Despite the overwhelmingly positive reactions from fans and critics alike, the film has been taking some heat for its approach to the sound, with several fans complaining that many key lines of dialogue are difficult to hear. Questions have been raised about whether it’s the director’s fault, or the theaters, but the filmmaker revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that the sound is exactly how he wanted it.
“I’ve always loved films that approach sound in an impressionistic way and that is an unusual approach for a mainstream blockbuster, but I feel it’s the right approach for this experiential film. Many of the filmmakers I’ve admired over the years have used sound in bold and adventurous ways. I don’t agree with the idea that you can only achieve clarity through dialogue. Clarity of story, clarity of emotions – I try to achieve that in a very layered way using all the different things at my disposal – picture and sound.”
He went on to praise theaters for presenting the sound in this unconventional way, exactly how he envisioned it, after visiting theaters such as TCL Chinese Imax Theatre and the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood and the AMC Loews Lincoln Square in New York. Continue reading…
Shortly after Warner Bros. and DC Comics announced their full superhero release slate last month, we learned that The Dark Knight trilogy director Christopher Nolan is no longer involved with the franchise. His last superhero movie, 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, featured Catwoman played by Anne Hathaway, who states in a recent interview that she would love the chance to play that role again in a stand alone movie.
Here’s what she had to say, when asked if she would ever consider portraying Selina Kyle one more time: “I would be totally up for doing it. If Chris (Nolan) was involved. For me, the thing that made doing that part particularly fun was that she existed in his Gotham. Without him I don’t think it would be the same thing. But I also wonder about that part. If because she’s a thief, it’s not better to have her be a small part in a larger film. So she can go through and steal aspects of the film. But when the focus is squarely on her, I don’t know if it works as well.”
When asked if she would be up for a small cameo appearance in any of the upcoming DC Comics movies, the actress had this to say. “Oh yeah that’d be fun. I’d definitely love that. I want to play her again. I don’t know – this is just speculation, because I do think about it sometimes – I think she’s got an amazing backstory and it would be great to see her get her own film. But I don’t know – she is someone who… mystery serves her well so I don’t know what a whole film would do. But who knows?”
Sundance 2014 promises to be as varied as ever, with a healthy mix of world cinema, documentary film and Hollywood output. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the festival will run from January 16-26 and, by the time it closes its doors, will have showcased 117 feature-length projects, 16 of which are world premieres.
“This year’s lineup is reflective of film-makers wanting to tell new stories, and we’re seeing a broader range of characters and ages,” Trevor Groth, the director of programming, told the Hollywood Reporter. “A lot of times, the typical Sundance film-maker has a younger perspective and tells stories of what they know. But this year we’re seeing more stories about people who are older.”
Grabbing attention already is John Slattery’s directorial debut, God’s Pocket, which tells the tale of a construction worker’s life after his stepson dies on site. Things get worse for him as his cover story begins to wear thin. The Mad Men star has enlisted Phillip Syemor Hoffman and Richard Jenkins for his bow, while Christina Hendricks and John Turturro.
Similarly dark, thematically anyway, is Jim Mickle’s Cold in July, which sees a small-town Texan get to grips with life after murdering a burglar. It stars Michael C Hall, Don Johnson and Sam Shephard. The film’s synopsis, according to IMDB, is: “In 1980s East Texas, two fathers pitted against each other in revenge must band together to uncover a darker truth.”
Kristen Stewart also enjoys the status of festival a-lister with her film, Camp X-Ray, towards the top of the slate. The movie tells the ostensibly compelling story of a Guantanamo Prison guard who forges an improbable friendship with an inmate. The Peter Sattler-written-and-directed film also stars Payman Maadi, Lane Garriso n, J.J. Soria and John Carroll Lynch.
Having won an Oscar for her role in Les Miserables, Anne Hathaway stars in writer-director Kate Barker-Froyland’s Song One. It centres on a young woman’s return to her hometown following the death of her brother, who left behind a vibrant music scene in which she becomes embroiled.