There will be no more court sessions that surround Anne Hathaway’s monster movie “Colossal”. On Friday, October 30, Voltage Pictures and writer-director Nacho Vigalondo settled a lawsuit brought by “Godzilla” copyrights holders Toho Co. six months ago.

“Colossal” is a science fiction action-thriller film about a young woman who begins to believe that she is somehow connected to several catastrophes which include a giant lizard destroying Tokyo. Vigolondo was put on record saying in an interview, “It’s going to be the cheapest Godzilla movie ever, I promise.”

The movie was also shopped around at the Cannes Film Festival as a cross between “Godzilla” and “Being John Malkovich”, prompting Toho to launch a lawsuit against the producers. The complaint filed in California alleged that the filmmakers were “brazenly producing, advertising, and selling an unauthorized Godzilla film of their own.”

The settlement issued on Los Angeles federal court now put a limit on the production. Per Deadline, the former defendants have agreed that the film will not feature Godzilla or an obvious derivative of the giant lizard most recently featured in Legendary Pictures’ 2014 blockbuster. Legendary has prepared a “Godzilla” sequel for a 2018 release.

“It is hereby stipulated and agreed by and between the parties to this action, through their respective counsel of record, that this action be dismissed with prejudice, with each party bearing their own respective fees and costs,” read the filing. “The parties are entering into this stipulation because the matter has been settled.”

Production has already begun in Vancouver.



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