Friday, June 4, 2010

Godzilla In The News 06/04/10 - Godzilla & Kong Tag Team Vancouver, Big G On Pills?, Sci Fi From 1954 Shapes Modern Entertainment

Written By: Ken Hulsey

Godzilla seems to have taken a back seat to King Kong this week, but I was able to rummage up a couple of items about the 'King of Monsters' for this week's news update.

First off, I have news about a screening of the original "Gojira" and "King Kong" up in the great white north of Vancouver.

Hey, that story has King Kong in it too. Damn media hog.

Anyway, after that I have another humorous story courtesy of the satirical website, The Spoof, that reveals some interesting dirt on the monster. Seems our atomic fire-breathing friend is causing the whales to go extinct and may have an addiction problem.

What, it hasn't been the Japanese hunting whales to the brink of Dodo status all this time? I'd sure like to see the environmentalists on "Whale Wars" try and take on Godzilla.

Now, that I would watch!

Lastly, I have a post about how certain movies and books from the year 1954 have shaped modern sci fi courtesy of i09.

So, without further ramblings from yours truly, here is Godzilla in the news:

Beyond Robson (blog)

The Rio Theatre & Black Dog Video present a Friday Midnight Double Bill of the classic monster movies "KING KONG" (1933) & "GODZILLA" (1954).

Admission is $10 ($8 in costume).

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Godzilla prescribes himself a course of drug stores
The Spoof (satire)

Godzilla, not seen on the shores of Japan for 25yrs, has re-emerged from the pacific abyss to cause chaos on the streets of Tokyo.

The 1 million ton beast is thought to be responsible for the eating of about 200 cargo ships per annum with vessels carrying frozen fish or fresh fruit a particular favorite.

Japan also blames the beast for the decimation of the local Blue Whale population although this is disputed by Green Peace.

Salvage experts are linking the crisis to the regurgitated remains of the SS Tonga which normally contains high numbers of overweight immigrants but on it's final voyage was carrying a huge shipment of car batteries - which is thought to of given the monster lead-poisoning.

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The Best Year in Science Fiction: 1954

Even though I said that movies' effects weren't yet of age, that didn't stop filmmakers from unspooling works like the insectified Them! and Disney's underwater odyssey, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. But the film with the most broad-ranging impact was Toho's Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Japan, the only nation to ever be the victims of nuclear fire, gave the world a monstrosity borne of that fire — and, like Frankenstein's Monster, Godzilla was neither hero nor villain. He was more like fate, come back to bite humanity on the ass for its atomic transgressions.

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See Also: Godzilla (And Friends) In The News 05/19/10 - Norman England Talks DEATH KAPPA, Toho Goes 3D And Lindsay Lohan (WTF)? / Godzilla In The News 05/13/10 - A Great Godzilla Retrospect, Godzilla Goes A Dancing?, And Bambi Didn't Have A Chance / Godzilla (And Friends) In The News 05/11/10 - How Does King Kong vs Godzilla Rank Among Monster Battles? More Gamera And Kamen Rider DVD Stuff / Godzilla (And Friends) In The News 05/06/10 - Rina Akiyama Rides The Metro To Promote Kamen Rider And Return Of Godzilla Actor Kei Satô Passes / Godzilla 2012 (And Gamera) In The News 05/06/10 - A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Rumors / Godzilla (And Friends) In The News 05/03/10 (Part 2) / Godzilla (And Friends) In The News 05/03/10 / Godzilla In The News 04/21/10 - Big G Influences Fashion And Music, Plus The Top 5 G Films According To CNN / Godzilla In The News 04/19/10 - Obama Worried Jolly Green Giant/Godzilla Conflict Could Destabilize Region / Godzilla 2012 In The News 04/15/10 - The Angry Edition! / Godzilla 2012 In The News 04/12/10 / 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.