Thursday, April 1, 2010

Godzilla 2012 Going To Be In 3D And Screened At IMAX Theaters?

Written By: Ken Hulsey
Source: Japan Zone

Here we go, the first of the "Godzilla 2012" movie rumors, and these two points come from a Japanese website.

The Japanese entertainment blog, Japan Zone, mentions that the upcoming Legendary Pictures / Warner Bros joint Godzilla movie project will be shot in 3D and will also screen at IMAX theaters.

The article cites that the inclusion of Japanese director Yoshimitsu Banno, as a producer on the film, is directly connected to both of these facts.

You see, Banno secured the rights for both the use of "3D" and the rights to release a "Godzilla" movie in IMAX format, back in 2004 for his unmade "Godzilla 3D to the Max" film.

By adding the film maker to the staff of "Godzilla 2012", Legendary Pictures, now, in most likelihood, owns the rights to make their movie in 3D, and release it to IMAX theaters.

Here is what Japan Zone is reporting:

Back in 2004, Banno said that Toho had given him the rights to make an IMAX Godzilla film, provisionally titled "Godzilla 3-D to the Max." It later became clear that he wanted to make a sequel to his 1971 movie that the studio had blocked. It was reported that it would feature the Showa Era original Godzilla fighting a pollution-based monster called Deathla in South America and New York City. However it has been speculated that Banno's involvement in the 3D movie is simply part of the deal to acquire the IMAX rights.

At this point I would still label this as a rumor, simply because it has not been confirmed by Legendary Pictures or Warner Bros, but the Japanese site mentioned these items very matter-of-factly.......maybe they know something we don't?

Check out their headline - "Godzilla Coming in 3D".

Can't get any more straight forward than that.


  1. You live under a rock, everything is coming in 3-d thanks to james cameron. The step up movies is freaking 3-d! In your face has gotten quite literal now!

  2. I do? Hmmm....I thought this house looked quite nice. Not very 'rock-like' at all.

    Considering the fact that I have been writing articles about 3D fantasy/sci fi films now for over a year, I think that I understand that very well.

    The point here is, that the use of 3D in "Godzilla 2012" has not been confirmed, yet, and that the Japanese sites are reporting that it is a 'done deal'.

    From the responses on our Facebook group, most fans don't like the idea of a 3D Godzilla film very much....well not all of them, some do.

  3. 3D is great, and the "post-avatar" wave of movies has, for the first time in history, made CGI looked dignified. It's so cool to see special effects' retarded little brother finally DO something with his life.

    That said, doing a practical monster movie in 3D may or may not work the same. It would be cool to see practical effects take away even that from CGI, but that just seems unnecessarily mean.

    Either way, it seems pretty obvious that the 3D thing is going to happen.



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.