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Godzilla is filming in Steveston

Steveston is hardly resting on its laurels after the hit ABC TV series Once Upon a Time recently wrapped its second season of filming.

On Monday, the fishing village appeared to be transforming into a coastal California community for eight planned days of filming for the blockbuster reboot of the Japanese monster film franchise Godzilla.

It reportedly has a budget north of $100 million and will star Bryan Cranston, of Malcolm in the Middle and Breaking Bad fame, along with Academy Award nominee Ken Watanabe, of The Last Samurai.

Godzilla is filming all over Metro Vancouver, and is the biggest feature movie ever filmed in Richmond.

Judging from a photograph taken by Philip Chin (@iPhilFlash), which appears to be of a military beach landing craft, Godzilla will be meeting up with some organized American style resistance when he first steps ashore.

Military beach landing craft in Steveston

 

Humvees in Steveston

And it appears that Steveston will substitute for San Francisco instead of the fictional Maine town of Storybrooke as it has for much of the past eight months, judging from an "Alcatraz Bayside Bistro" sign stored at one of the filming locations next to Steveston Landing.

According to one of the people working on the set, the working title for the movie is Nautilus. If that rings familiar, it's the name of the fictional submarine captained by Nemo from Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea.

Godzilla will be directed by Gareth Edwards—whose skill at making mega-sized monsters was flashed in the 2010 release Monsters—and is scheduled to be released in theatres on May 16, 2014.

The movie will be produced by Legendary Pictures, whose CEO Thomas Tull said this about the movie: "Our plans are to produce the Godzilla that we, as fans, would want to see. We intend to do justice to those essential elements that have allowed this character to remain as pop culturally relevant for as long as it has."

The new movie will reportedly be filmed closer in style to the original 1954 Japanese film.

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