That's not an estimation of the movie monster's box-office potential. Rather, a dispatch from two spies who tell today's Los Angeles Times that they've seen portions of the under-wraps, would-be summer blockbuster--and, yes, the Big, Bad G makes like a chicken and lays eggs.
In New York's Madison Square Garden, no less.
The report is the first apparent confirmation of a long-rumored plot point. And, a rare peek at a film that's operated under a tighter veil of secrecy than the Manhattan Project. (A "no comment" on the Times report from Sony Pictures.)
Godzilla, the first U.S.-made, properly lip-synched outing for the famed Japanese behemoth, is due in theaters May 20. (The world premiere takes place May 18...in Madison Square Garden, no less.)
The filmmakers have been adamant about not letting audiences know what the all-new Godzilla looks like until the last possible moment, namely opening weekend. Even toy sellers are under orders to keep their G-toys off shelves until the due date.
Last February, producer-writer Dean Devlin told E! Online all he was going to tell about his star: The monster is 20 stories tall, fast (runs in excess of 200 mph) and "leaner...sleeker and meaner."
No mention of the reptile-like thing's egg-laying powers. No word on whether such a power would make said thing...a she.
The script, cowritten by Devlin and director Roland Emmerich, sides with the theory that Godzilla is asexual, according to a source. The radioactive lizard takes Manhattan in a quest to find a nice (apparently not quiet) place to lay its eggs.
If we tell you the eggs hatch--and the script reportedly says they do--would you be surprised to learn that Devlin has said he and Emmerich envision Godzilla as a sequel-laden trilogy?
Godzilla's been parent material before--notably in 1967's Son of Godzilla. And his (her, its) sexuality has been debated before.
Some argue that the big guy (gal?) is actually made to look matronly--in a softer, rounder costume--in Son of Godzilla, Japanese film scholar Stuart Galbraith IV, author of the upcoming Monsters Are Attacking Tokyo!, says.
Galbraith has his own theory: "The egg was simply found there and it really was the son of Godzilla by proxy...Godzilla is not the biological father."
Or, presumably, mother.