'Godzilla' Reboot Banking on Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen

Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 07:02 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Bryan Cranston was wildly successful in the series "Breaking Bad" while Aaron-Taylor Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen will be joining "The Avengers" next year, but for now, they all must stop – or save – "Godzilla."

Their characters will be among those trying to control the radioactive beast from Japanese filmmaking lore in its latest reboot. They will also be trying to save "Godzilla" the film from the fate of the last reboot in 1998 – the one that featured Matthew Broderick and always seemed to be mentioned in reference to this film.

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In the latest "Godzilla" teaser, released on YouTube Tuesday, Cranston can be heard giving dire warnings.

"You're not fooling anybody when you say what happened 15 years ago was a natural disaster, all right?! It was not an earthquake! It wasn’t a typhoon." He concluded the 30-second teaser with a panicked-stricken "You have no idea what's coming."

According to The Independent in December, the new "Godzilla," which will hit theaters in May, will mark the 60th anniversary for the iconic movie creature including an untold number of times the franchise had tried to be rebooted.

The 1998 version was critically-panned with a 29 percent rating on RottenTomatos.com, earned a Razzie Award and made $136 million domestically at the box office on a budget of $125 million. That would seem to give May's version a low bar to clear. The movie did bring in $242 million more overseas, per BoxOfficeMojo.com.

"Point being, it will be interesting to see how we measure the success of this new 'Godzilla' compared to the older one," Forbes magazine contributor Scott Mendelson wrote in December. "Obviously we can hope that (Gareth) Edwards’s version is a better film than (Roland) Emmerich's version, and (December) trailer certainly looks like a step in the right, terrifying direction."

Mendelson wrote, though, the producers may be facing something scarier than a huge lizard and fire-breathing critics in May – the movie-going public.

"Inflation is a tricky business, as audiences had far fewer ways to see a film outside of a theater even back in 1998 and had far fewer distractions for their entertainment dollar," Mendelson said about the changed movie-viewing landscape and "Godzilla's" real box office challenge.

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