Want more BIG MAN JAPAN? Sony planning an American remake
BIG MAN JAPAN was a great cult hit; I really liked the modern day GODZILLA (i.e. very cheesy) feel of the film, which was set in a desensitized society that is used to seeing battles between Big Man Japan and whichever huge monster decided to attack Japan that day. I enjoyed watching the film, and I even enjoyed the mockumentary style used within it.
News that a big studio like Sony is getting the rights to remake and develop sequels for this film is great. This could easily be a successful venture, and Sony and Columbia Pictures has producer Neal H. Moritz, who helped produce recent films like GREEN HORNET, I AM LEGEND, FAST FIVE, FAST & FURIOUS, and the new TOTAL RECALL remake, on board to produce. Moritz will be producing through his Original Film banner.
If you have not seen the original film or are unfamiliar with it, you should definitely rent it! The plot goes as follows: "BIG MAN JAPAN is part of a long list of fathers, grandfathers and so on who are part of the Department of Monster Prevention. By essentially plugging himself up to an enormous generator he pumps himself full of electricity and can grow up to 10 stories tall and can fight whatever monsters that attack his beloved Japan. But his following is not so good and in fact the majority of people think he is a joke and enjoy watching him fail, as well as his wife who is embarrassed when she has to bring his daughter around for him to spend time with him."
The plot may sound depressing on first read, but it is quite comical. These American remakes will definitely be something to keep your eye on in the coming months.
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