Nacho Vigalondo pitches his “man in suit” kaiju eiga or Godzilla movie
Charles Madison wrote:After presenting his cyber thriller Open Windows at Frightfest today, impressively dextrous and imaginative director Nacho Vigalondo took a few minutes to pitch his surprising, mysterious take on the kaiju eiga genre.
Below you can read exactly what he had to say, direct from my dictaphone. Of course, when he says Godzilla, he’s not referring to that actual, specific character as much as the type, the giant city destroying monster in general. Well, not unless Legendary and Warner Bros. decide to take on hell of a risk on a crazy-sounding side project.The script I finished and want to get financing for is a twist on the kaiju eiga genre, the Godzilla genre. It’s going to be the cheapest Godzilla movie ever, I promise. It’s going to be a serious Godzilla movie but I’ve got an idea that’s going to make it so cheap that you will feel betrayed. You’re going to be so frustrated by it, it’s not even possible.
The way I wrote the movie – and I don’t want to explain too much – I found a way that is honest and logical to make Godzilla in a costume, destroying cities, models all the time. I wrote the movie in a way that the story has a twist so it makes sense to do Godzilla this way and I’m going to try to be the guy inside the costume because I love filmmaking to the core and I’m a film love, one of dreams is not to direct a Godzilla movie but to be inside the costume and destroy the cities. I want to be the guy in the costume.
Just like Tim Burton, in fact, who always said that about Godzilla too. And I’d be very surprised if the idea hasn’t passed through Guillermo Del Toro’s mind from time to time.
Look for our review of Open Windows in the coming days. Vigalondo also has a section in VHS Viral, premiering at Frightfest tomorrow night.
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