Thursday, September 15, 2011

San Antonio GODZILLA x MECHAGODZILLA Screening To Feature Matt Frank

Written By: René A. Guzman
Source: My San Antonio

San Antonio-based Comic Break goes kaiju crazy with a free screening of Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla and an appearance by S.A.’s own Matt Frank, the artist behind stomping good variant covers for IDW’s Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters. The Fanboy Flix event kicks off Sunday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. at the Stone Oak Drafthouse.

In the 2002 monster flick, a turn-of-the-century Godzilla throws down against a giant robot version of himself made from the bones of the original Gojira who first terrorized Japan in 1954. That means plenty of cyborg-v-dinosaur action, plus a cameo by former New York Yankees great Hideki “Godzilla” Matsui. You know, just because.

The movie screens at 7 p.m. for free, but get there an hour early and bring cash anyway. That’s because Frank will meet and greet fans at 6 p.m. and sell a $20 limited edition Godzilla print he created just special for the event.

Limited to 100 copies, the Frank print features Godzilla and Mechagodzilla stomping around some very familiar local landmarks. (Oh no! There goes the Alamo!) The print measures around 11×17 inches and, as you can see in this post, looks ridiculously gorgeous. Frank will also sign copies of the new Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters trade paperback that features his covers, which sells at the event for $18.99. You can get both the trade paperback and the print for $30.



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.