It looks as if there is a courtroom battle of monstrous proportions on the horizon, as Colossal, the Anne Hathaway starring monster movie, and their production company Voltage Pictures has been hit with a lawsuit over claims that the feature is a thoroughbred rip off of Toho's classic Godzilla movies.
Colossal is a tale of a woman who believes she has a telepathic link with a big ol' beastie that's spending its free time stomping through Tokyo, Japan. The feature is described as a mix between Godzilla and Being John Malkovich, and is currently being shown at Cannes Film Festival.
This week, Toho filed a complaint with California's federal court claiming that Colossus' filmmakers (handlers?) are "brazenly producing, advertising, and selling an unauthorized Godzilla film of their own."
Other violations include the inclusion of the line "Tokyo is under attack by Godzilla" in Voltage's Cannes sales booklet and an image from 2014's Godzilla reboot.
The claims are, unfortunately for Voltage Pictures, supported by comments from writer/director Nacho Vigalondo, made in an interview from late summer 2014. He goes on to state:
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.
Voltage Pictures is being sued for "copyright and trademark infringements, trademark dilution, Lanham Act violations, unfair competition and unjust enrichment."