Legendary studio Toho, which has been bringing Godzilla to the big screen for decades, is suing Voltage Pictures over Colossal
, citing infringement and a slew of other charges. According to the Hollywood Reporter
, the new film that would be directed by Nacho Vigalondo is too close for comfort for Toho. Anne Hathaway, who is attached to star, is on track to play a "woman who realizes her mind is strangely connected to a giant lizard destroying Tokyo."
Adding fuel to Toho's claims is an August 2014 interview in which Vigalondo stated he would make "the cheapest Godzilla movie ever."
Toho claims that Voltage Pictures printed an image of Gareth Edward's reboot version of Godzilla
next to a photo of Hathaway and a giant robot in a Cannes sales booklet for the picture, as well as other images from the storied franchise in a Cannes sales suit and in a May 9th email. Toho's official complaint
states: "Toho is informed and believes, and based thereon alleges, that
Defendants have knowingly used the Godzilla Character to attract interest and
attention in their 'Colossal' project so that it would stand out in a crowded field of
competitors on the film sales circuit."
We'll report more news as it develops, but this could be a giant, kaiju-sized mess for all involved.
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