Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Godzilla 2012 In The News 03/31/10

Godzilla Returns
Minneapolis Star Tribune (blog) - James Lileks

As they say on Fark, Hollywood now officially out of ideas: American studio plans Godzilla movie. But they said that about the previous remake, in 1998. Here it comes again, 14 years later - Warner Bros. / Legendary will make a new one for a 2012 release. Why? Because computer effects have gotten better, and audiences’ attention spans have shrunk another 17%, so it will possible to make a movie with no plot

whatsoever and only a small portion of Shia LaBoeuf.

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Godzilla to stomp back to theatres
Toronto Star - Koji Sasahara

Everyone’s favourite havoc-wreaking lizard, Godzilla, is on his way back to the big screen via Legendary Pictures, which has acquired the rights to develop and produce a new feature based on the iconic Toho Co. character.

The last major Godzilla outing, an American, New York-set version from Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, grossed $376 million (U.S.) worldwide in 1998, despite fielding major criticism. Toho quickly produced Godzilla 2000, in which the big beast took on an evil UFO, the following year.

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Godzilla Due to Make His 29th Film
Pajiba - Dustin Rowles

Legendary Pictures has secured the rights from Toho Company to make another Godzilla movie in the United States. Warner Brothers will be co-financing and co-distributing the film stateside. A 2012 release is planned.

The movie will be about a giant lizard monster. He’ll probably growl a lot. Maybe stomp on some shit. Rain, the ocean, and power lines will likely be featured at some point during the film. He’ll probably spit some fire. I’m sure it’ll be in 3D. It will get terrible reviews. No one who sees it will like it. It’ll make $300 million.

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Godzilla returns with the help of Warner/Legendary - Anthony Wendel

The King of the Monsters has been green lit to make a comeback. More than a decade after the disgrace that was Godzilla by director Roland Emmerich (Stargate, 2012) and Godzilla fans have been itching for another film to come out. This is mainly due to the fact that Godzilla’s creation studio Toho put the character on what was supposed to be a ten year hiatus. This hiatus will be interrupted by Legendary Studious who will be working in conjunction with Warner Brothers to help with the return of the film icon.

Few details currently exist about the film. All that can be known is that the studio will be trying to accomplish something in the vein of the message expressed in Godzilla’s first appearance, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, which came out in 1954. Considering the nostalgia that this film has for many movies fan, there will no doubt be a high level of expectation that the studios will have to deliver.

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Godzilla Returns, and Legendary's Got Him
True/Slant - Anne Thompson

The giant Japanese green monster Godzilla is back. So like The Hulk, Robin Hood, Sherlock Holmes, The Addams Family, Alice in Wonderland, Clash of the Titans and so many other familiar properties, Hollywood is going back to the well with a franchise and an easy-sell name. Sigh.

Last time, in 1998, Sony oversold Godzilla as a hulking surefire blockbuster, plastered on gigantor-sized billboards everywhere. But something went terribly wrong with Sony’s Roland Emmerich Godzilla. Part of it was that Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park dinosaurs were so much better. Also, Emmerich’s sense of scale was off: the thing was too big to be comprehended inside the frame. It wasn’t scaleable, somehow. Now, in an ever-expanding CG universe, anything is possible.

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Legendary and WB to Bring Back... "GODZILLA" !
Oh My Gore !

Legendary Pictures announced today they are ready to start developing a new movie based on the legendary Toho Studios monster Godzilla, having acquired the rights to the character Toho created over fifty years ago in the 1954 film, which has since become a genre classic. Legendary is producing the movie through their deal with Warner Bros. with hopes to announce a director soon to helm the movie with the intention of having it ready for a 2012 release.

Toho has kept Godzilla alive through two generations of movies, many of which were only released in Japan. The last time Godzilla arrived on these shores, it was for a 50th Anniversary re-release of the original movie. Before that, Toho released one of the Japanese films in the United States as "GODZILLA 2000", and in 1998, director Roland Emmerich and his partner Dean Devlin tackled a reinvention of "GODZILLA" for Sony, a summer blockbuster that grossed $379 million worldwide despite generally tepid reviews and disfavor from the long-time fans of the character.

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Burbank, CA – March 29, 2010 – Legendary Pictures announced today that they will develop and produce a new film based on Toho Company’s famed GODZILLA character. Through the terms of the agreement, Legendary Pictures has acquired the rights to produce a movie inspired by Toho’s Godzilla, a franchise the Japanese company created and has nurtured for over fifty years.

Toho’s GODZILLA franchise boasts one of the most widely recognized film creatures worldwide, resulting in a series of books, television programs, video games and more than 25 films worldwide. Legendary intends to approach the film and its characters in the most authentic manner possible. The company will, in the near future, announce a filmmaker to helm the film for an intended 2012 release. The film will fall under the company’s co-production and co-financing deal with Warner Bros. Toho will distribute the film in Japan."

"Godzilla" is coming back -- this time, with Legendary Pictures taking the lead, co-producing and co-financing with Warner Bros. for release in 2012.

Legendary announced Monday it had obtained rights to the iconic monster character from Japan's Toho Co., which has overseen more than 25 "Godzilla" films. Toho will release the pic in Japan.

Legendary said it's planning to announce a director shortly.

In addition to Legendary, producers on the new film will be Dan Lin, Roy Lee and Brian Rogers. Yoshimitsu Banno, Kenji Okuhira and Doug Davison will exec produce.

"Godzilla is one of the world's most powerful pop culture icons, and we at Legendary are thrilled to be able to create a modern epic based on this long-loved Toho franchise," said Thomas Tull, Chairman and CEO of Legendary. "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."

Legendary noted the film will fall under its co-production and co-financing deal with Warner Bros. Legendary's productions with Warners have included "The Dark Knight," "300" and "The Hangover."

Speculation about a new "Godzilla" has been active since last summer. The Bloody Disgusting web site reported in August that the project was in development.