If the thought of Oscar-winning actress Anne Hathaway starring in a giant monster movie sounded appealing, Tuesday’s potential road block is likely a bummer.
Toho, the copyright holder for Godzilla films and the character, filed a lawsuit against Voltage Pictures and director-writer Nacho Vigalondo on the basis of copyright and trademark infringement, federal trademark dilution, violation of the Lanham Act, and unjust enrichment, according to court documents acquired by EW.
The Japanese company alleges Voltage and Vigalondo are selling a project called Colossal at the Cannes Film Festival that’s been advertised as a Godzilla feature without any clearance of rights, adding that the studio and director “are brazenly producing, advertising, and selling an unauthorized Godzilla film of their own. … That anyone would engage in such blatant infringement of another’s intellectual property is wrong enough. That defendants, who are known for zealously protecting their own copyrights, would do so is outrageous in the extreme.”
The package, included in the lawsuit, explicitly shows a photo from 2014’s Godzilla film in addition to specifically referencing the iconic monster in the synopsis. Vigalondo’s director’s notes also featured old pictures of the monster and explained how it would attack Tokyo, a frequent target of Godzilla.
Toho seeks damages from Voltage and Vigalondo and enjoining all involved in Colossal to cease doing so.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the lawsuit.