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Biz Break: I Would Pay To See Godzilla Vs. Walter White, Wouldn't You?

By Jodi Smith | Industry | February 7, 2013 |

By Jodi Smith | Industry | February 7, 2013 |

When someone says Jennifer Aniston, don’t you automatically think, “Ahhh, sci-fi comedy!” Well, someone thinks that because Aniston is joining Ben Kingsley and Mark Duplass (“The League”, “The Mindy Project”) in Convention. The movie centers around a pair of siblings, Paul (Duplass) and Abby (Aniston), that invent a five-sided box with the intent of kicking the storage business’s ass. Alas, you cannot devise such a valuable thing without either destroying the world and all life on it, or getting attention from a box baron such as Bobby Schroedinger (Kingsley).

Convention’s premise sounds somewhat intriguing, though it could go down a horrible path if not done correctly. Hopefully second-time director Justin Reardon can bring it all together, balancing the comedy with the sci-fi without coming off as cheesy or as trying too hard. Maybe he can also make Jennifer Aniston not, well, be Jennifer Aniston.

Even though Frank Darabont’s script isn’t finished, Godzilla already has Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen in talks to join the cast. Why the hell Elizabeth Olsen would want to join a giant lizard movie is beyond me, but maybe she thinks that this is her way into bigger budget fare and more money. Cranston comes as no surprise, really, since he was in the Totall Recall reboot, Rock of Ages, and John Carter. He likes to spread the Cranston around, share it with all genres. Anyway, I’m guessing that Olsen would play Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s girlfriend and Cranston will be a scientist. Sounds awful! I can’t wait until May of 2014!

Surprisingly, J.J. Abrams isn’t directing Godzilla. We already know the man is doing Star Wars Episode VII and Star Trek Into Darkness. Now Abrams and production company Bad Robot have been mentioned in the same breath as Portal and Half-Life movies and new Steam games.

“There’s an idea we have for a game that we’d like to work with Valve on,” said Abrams. Newell added, “We’re super excited about that and we also want to talk about making movies, either a Portal movie or a Half-Life movie.”

Granted, it would probably be a producer credit, but Abrams projects always seem to feel the same. He is likely very involved in every aspect. I bet Abrams checks emails while reading a script, having sex as lens flares erupt all around him, and watching dailies. If anyone can do a Portal movie right now, it would probably be under the Bad Robot banner. Can you imagine a Michael Bay Portal: The Movie? The mind boggles and the body revolts.


If Abrams does a Portal movie, who would you cast? Half-Life, same question.

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Jodi Smith is a Senior Reporter, Film & Television at Pajiba. You can email her or follow her on Twitter.