Thursday, April 1, 2010

Godzilla 2012 Facebook Group Update: Continued Success!

Written By: Ken Hulsey

Just a quick update: On Wednesday I reported that the "Godzilla 2012 - Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros (Fan Group)" on Facebook had taken off like a rocket, much to my surprise, and delight.

Today I want to announce that the group has ballooned up from 138 members yesterday to 237 today. That's almost 100 new members in 24 hours.

As I mentioned before, the wall posts have been coming at a rapid pace from numerous members, who either have questions about the film, or want to voice their opinions on what should be in it.

There are honestly so many of these that I couldn't list them all here, though I wish I could.

Oh, what the heck, here are few:

James Baack - We need to see Godzilla in the snow. Have him trash a city during the winter months.

Evan Brehany - Emerich seems butt sore. Too bad for him... To quote, "Now I have to hear all over again how our version sucked. Arrg."

Brad Cherry - Would you feel differently about the Devlin/Emmerich Godzilla remake if Toho Studios did some creative editing and rereleased it as "Zilla" in keeping with "GMK's" pronouncement that the monster had been misidentified by America?

Matthew Webster - Forget the rubber suit, do it in CGI! I want Godzilla to look as realistic as possible in this movie.

There, I just grabbed four right off the top!

Along with these posts comes the Discussion Board posts, which have also doubled. Here are the new topics:

Godzillas Roar
Should Legendary/Warner Bros Option Out Any Other Monsters?
Creature Effects
What City Should Godzilla Attack?
3D or not 3D, that is the question!
Who's writing the Film Score?

Okay, this ended up being more than a quick post!

Thanks again for all the support, I hope that I have created something that all Godzilla fans can use and enjoy. I also hope that the folks over at Legendary Pictures / Warner Bros find this information useful as they begin planning "Godzilla 2012".

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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.