‘Godzilla’ Rights Holders Sue Anne Hathaway’s Monster Movie
Doesn’t that sound just bizarre?
The Japanese company Toho, which holds the rights to Godzilla, has sued Voltage Pictures over the upcoming film Colossal. Apparently, Anne Hathaway stars as woman with a mental connection to giant lizard monster destroying Tokyo, like Godzilla meets Being John Malkovich.
Toho claims it’s not just like Godzilla, it is Godzilla, and that Colossal’s filmmakers “are brazenly producing, advertising, and selling an unauthorized Godzilla film of their own.” The rights holders have pointed to an August 2014 interview with writer-director Nacho Vigalondo in where he described his film thus; “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.”
That does sound rather dubious. The claimants also argue that the marketing and plot of the film is knowingly similar to Toho’s original use of the Godzilla character. The formal list of charges include copyright and trademark infringements, trademark dilution, Lanham Act violations, unfair competition and unjust enrichment.
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