Well this has the potential to turn out to be something incredibly cool: Anne Hathaway is making a giant creature feature in the vein of Godzilla and that ilk. And if that alone isn’t enough to pique your interest, she’s teaming with Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo to bring this one to life.
Hathaway and Vigalondo are teaming up to work on a movie called Colossal, which bears the curious description of “Godzilla meets Lost in Translation.” We’re not entirely sure how those two disparate things are going to come together, but we have to admit that we’re damn curious to see how it plays out.
The story follows a woman named Gloria, to be played by Hathaway. She’s just your typical, everyday woman going through a rough patch. When she loses both her job and fiancé in short order, she leaves New York to return to her hometown and heal. That’s when things start to get interesting. News reports surface about a giant lizard that is wreaking havoc on Tokyo, and Gloria comes to realize that she has a connection to these distant goings on, and needs to figure out exactly what it is to prevent further chaos and devastation.
As you can tell from this quick description, Colossal is not going to be your average creature feature. Then again, that’s what you expect from a filmmaker like Vigalondo, who is prone to taking genre fare and giving it his own unique spin. He first came to the world’s attention with Timecrimes in 2007, a twisty, layered time travel thriller/mystery. He followed that up a few years later with Extraterrestrial, a unique romantic comedy and relationship drama set in the middle of a surprise alien invasion. His most recent effort, last year’s Open Windows, is a horror thriller that unfolds through open windows on a computer.
Vigalondo has been kicking this idea around since last year, espousing his love for the guy-in-a-rubber-suit subgenre of monster movie, saying he’s come up with an inventive, also cheap, way to go about creating the creature mayhem. Beyond that, he’s even said that, in addition to wanting to make a movie in the vein of the classic kaiju features he loves, he actually wants to physically be the guy in the suit stomping through a miniaturized version of a major city. That sounds like fun to us.
Colossal marks Vigalondo’s biggest, most ambitious movie to date, and he’s certainly never worked with a star the size of Anne Hathaway before. Voltage Pictures is footing the entire bill for the production, and the rights are currently being shopped around to foreign investors at Cannes. This is definitely going to be one to keep an eye on as it develops.