Thursday, April 8, 2010

Godzilla 2012 In The News 04/08/10

Written By: Ken Hulsey

I know that it has been a couple of days since I last posted an update on any Godzilla related news, but since the news of Legendary Pictures/Warner Bros new movie broke over a week ago, things have calmed down dramatically. Until news breaks about a director, cast or potential plot for the film, news items should be rather scarce.

What I was able to round up were a few little bits about Godzilla showing up at 'Spring Break", how a writer at Forbes thinks Hollywood uses names like, "Godzilla" to get fans to see their, less than stellar, films, and post about the original "Gojira" streaming on Netflix.

Of course, if you are looking for stories about Angeles slugger, Hideki Matsui (nickname - "Godzilla"), then there are plenty of those around since baseball season has started.

Super ultra-mega monster battle royale (with cheese)
Stallion - Chow Young

While most of us went to the beach for spring break, or just stayed in our beds until noon, one ABAC student fought a giant monster from the Pacific.

Early in the evening, during one of Japan's daily parades honoring all things giant robots and tentacles, a dark, foreboding shadow sent terror down the spines of all those in attendance.

"It's Godzilla," an onlooker of the event screamed, his words not quite matching the movements of his lips.

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Why Hollywood Loves A Remake
Forbes - Dorothy Pomerantz

If you loved the original Godzilla, chances are you’ll want to see how director Roland Emmerich tackled the material, as he did in 1998...

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The Zillo Beast comes to Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Friday
Monsters and - April MacIntyre

“The format of the show allows us to do a lot of different things, and George came to us with the idea – basically – of doing a Clone Wars take on Godzilla,” says Supervising Director Dave Filoni. “He knows I’m a big Godzilla fan, so it was a bizarre story meeting when he presented the idea.

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FlixWorthy: One Nation Under God(zilla)
Cinema Blend - By David Wharton

The old lizard's had a good run these past five decades. Sure, it kind of sucks if you're a Tokyo property owner, but assuming you're not directly in the stomping path, you can't beat the entertainment value of setting up the grill, pulling up a few lawn chairs, and watching Godzilla beat the crap out of Mothra for the thirty-seventh time. Word just broke last week that Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are planning yet another big-budget outing for G-man (which we can only hope will be better than the 1998 Roland Emmerich abortion), but it all started here: the original, Japanese-language film Gojira, in all its rubber-suited grandeur. By most accounts this version is far superior to the Americanized version that was released as Godzilla: King of the Monsters, but if you're averse to subtitles or have an unhealthy craving for Raymond Burr, you can forgo the streaming and track down the Collector's Edition DVD release, which includes both versions.

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Now this last one either contains information about "Godzilla: 3D the Max" still being released in 2011, or the author has gotten his facts confused.

Godzilla bites back in 3D
Geeks - By: Omar Hanif

After the rather damp 1998 Hollywood attempt to bring the great beast alive, Warner Bros. has secured a major picture deal with Toho Films of Hong Kong to bring the beast back to life.

The deal marks the start of a number of new 3D franchises including a 60 minute made-for-IMAX 3D Godzilla flick to be released early 2011. Warner Bros has confirmed the first full length Godzilla movie will hit screens in the summer of 2012.

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Either Omar has a big scoop on the "Godzilla: 3D to the Max" film, or he looked it up on IMDB, like a lot of writers have.

Like I said, slim pickings, but stay tuned, I think that I am on to something!

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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.