Monday, April 12, 2010

Godzilla 2012 In The News 04/12/10

Written By: Ken Hulsey

As expected, news is very slow on the "Godzilla 2012" front, but I did come across three items that will be of interest to all you "G" junkies out there.

First off, I have a wonderful article about the nine mistakes that Roland Emmerich made with "Godzilla 98", that Legendary Pictures should avoid at all costs by Christine Champ of

Then, during my internet travels this morning I came across a press release from "Godzilla Toys .Net" about a huge sale that they are having.

Then to round things out, I have an article that is several days old now, by film student Jesse West, and his take on what should happen in "Godzilla 2012".

Nine Godzilla Mistakes the Reboot Shouldn't Repeat

Christine Champ, Apr 12, 2010
What's green and scaly, breathes fire, and eats raw fish?

No, not Lady Gaga. (Not yet, anyhow.) Alert the coast guard, Mothra, and monster-movie aficionados because ... Godzilla's back! Again.

Since 1954 the Toho Company's Godzilla franchise has spawned 28 films. Now Legendary Pictures has struck a deal with Toho to produce a 21st-century Godzilla reboot due out in 2012. It will pay tribute to the pop culture icon's Japanese Gojira roots rather than 2012 director Roland Emmerich's much maligned 1998 Godzilla (starring Matthew Broderick, Hank Azaria, and Jean Reno). Said Thomas Tull, Legendary CEO, "Our plans are to produce the Godzilla that we, as fans, would want to see."

While that sounds spectacularly promising, with the Emmerich flop in mind we'd like mention a few 1998 Godzilla mistakes to avoid (in case anyone at Legendary is listening).

1. Murderous or misunderstood?
Godzilla's an asexual reptile who only squashes people when provoked -- any real estate damage is accidental. More maternal than murderous, his instincts drive him to score a nest and some sashimi for his brood. Then again, his raptor-like little 'uns seem set on devouring every fishy-smelling human in sight. So ... which is it? Are Godzilla and his kin misunderstood monsters or bloodthirsty menaces? Ideally Godzilla 2012 will have more clarity.

2. More fireball.
It's his trademark. So why does Godzilla '98 hardly blast his fiery breath? And are his kids too tiny to cough up a fireball or two?

3. Less Jurassic Park.
True, Godzilla's from the Jurassic period (according to Gojira) but does that excuse his uncanny resemblance to Jurassic Park's T-Rex, or the goofy gumball scenes that seem to pass raptors off for Godzilla toddlers? Especially now, with Hollywood's CGI skills as good as they are, we expect a uniquely fantastic 2012 Godzilla.

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Student film fanatic offers ideas about new American Godzilla movie
Griffon News - Jesse West

Anger. Disgust. Hatred. Rage. Denial. These are just a few of the words that come to mind whenever somebody mentions the abomination that was Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin’s remake of “Godzilla” to me. Just the mere thought of that ugly iguana makes me want to punch something very, very hard. I bring up this bad, bad memory for one reason. Hollywood is taking another stab at the King of the Monsters.

Near the end of March, it was announced that Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, having already achieved cinematic gold with “The Dark Knight” and “Watchmen,” have secured the rights to Godzilla from Toho, the studio responsible for 28 G-flicks from 1954 to 2004. Suffice to say, a flood of fan fury has swept the internet.
In preparation for this article, I intended to jump into said flood but, realizing that millions of others would have already polluted it, decided to be a bit more rational. Instead of a profanity-laced rant, this lifelong fan of the Big G will develop a five-point wish list for the new film, in the hopes that the Hollywood execs in charge might actually care what the fans want and will try to satisfy them.

The first point to be made just happens to be the most important one; don’t mess up Godzilla. Anyone who remembers the fallout from the 1998 remake knows that the one thing that bothered people more than anything was that Godzilla was a powerless CGI iguana easily killed by the military. If Warner Bros. wants to avoid a repeat of the past, they’d be wise to keep Godzilla as a radioactive, fire-breathing dinosaur portrayed by a stuntman in a rubber suit stomping around miniature sets.

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See Also: Godzilla 2012 In The News 04/08/10 / Godzilla 2012 In The News 04/04/10 - Happy Easter! / Godzilla 2012 In The News 04/01/10 / Godzilla 2012 In The News 03/31/10

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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.