As the world of indie films continues to grow, we enter a realm where a given year might see the same actors in biggest efforts of the year and the craziest… the zaniest… the goofiest. With a writer/director you don’t know, Nacho Vigalondo (Open Windows), a relatively tiny budget, and a story that is so bonkers that you’ll think the whole project is made up if given the synopsis, Colossal nevertheless has Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens, and Tim Blake Nelson on board.

Gloria (Hathaway) is currently unemployed and her boyfriend kicks her out of her apartment, which forces her to leave New York and move back to her hometown. This happens just as a giant monster shows up to start destroying Seoul, South Korea. Two events couldn’t be less related, right?

But, as time goes on (and you’ll get this in the trailer), Gloria realizes that she is somehow connected to this monster. Things obviously go a little nuts at this point, and it’s anyone’s guess how things play out from here, but Gloria is left to figure out what the hell is going on and how her insignificant existence could possibly connect to the fate of so many.

That’s about as crazy as that can be, which makes you wonder about the pitch process, but it’s headed your way April 7th, and if there was ever a film to keep an ear out for more information, this has got to be it.

Of course, Vigalondo’s Open Windows, which stars Elijah Wood and Sasha Grey, was actually fairly well-received for a small, odd, thriller about computer spying gone wrong, so there is probably something interesting going on here.

Still, if you found out a week from now that this whole project was a prank, you wouldn’t be that surprised.


Marc Eastman is the owner and operator of Are You Screening? and has been writing film reviews for over a decade, and several branches of the internet's film review world have seen his name. He is also a member of The Broadcast Film Critics Association and The Broadcast Television Journalists Association.