Comic-Con 2013: ‘Godzilla’ reboot director sends video message to fans

July 14, 2013 | 5:15 p.m.

Godzilla is heading to Comic-Con International, and Legendary Pictures, the company behind next year’s big screen reboot of the King of the Monsters, wants to make sure you’re keeping pace with his whereabouts.

As pop culture enthusiasts prepare to descend on San Diego this week for the annual gathering devoted to film, television, video games, cosplay and, of course, comic books, Legendary released a new video with “Godzilla” director Gareth Edwards (“Monsters”) promising that fans can expect something big and surprising relating to the film. (To see for yourself, watch the clip at the top of this post.)

The new “Godzilla” stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen and Juliette Binoche, with David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston, and the project will be one of two from Legendary and Warner Bros. that will get its share of the spotlight on the stage in Hall H, Comic-Con’s biggest venue, on Saturday during the Warner Bros. panel presentation.

Legendary also will showcase its upcoming Jeff Bridges-starrer “Seventh Son,” while Warners will highlight three films without ties to that company, “300: Rise of an Empire,” “Gravity” and “The LEGO Movie.”

A scene from 1954's "Godzilla." (© Toho Co. Ltd.)

A scene from 1954′s “Godzilla.” (© Toho Co. Ltd.)

Legendary might feel more of a need to trumpet the reboot after the performance of “Pacific Rim” this weekend. Guillermo del Toro’s $180-million love letter to kaiju cinema — a movie genre sired by Toho’s original “Godzilla” –  earned about $38.3 million at the box office this weekend. That total was better than some analysts had predicted but not enough to best either the animated movie “Despicable Me 2″ or the critically drubbed Adam Sandler comedy “Grown Ups 2.”

(“We played to the fanboys,” Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros., which distributed the film, told our sister blog Movies Now.)

While audiences might not have flocked in droves to “Pacific Rim,” critics responded warmly to the film. The Times’ Kenneth Turan gave it a rave, calling Del Toro “a fantasy visionary with an outsized imagination and a fanatical specificity, a creator of out-of-this-world universes carefully conceived down to the smallest detail.”

Whether Del Toro will have the opportunity to revisit that universe with a sequel remains to be seen.

– Gina McIntyre | @LATherocomplex

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