New Godzilla Movie Coming in 2012
My simple mind has yet to fully understand what this means. 2012. Godzilla. Legendary Pictures, the talent behind 300, The Dark Knight and Clash of the Titans. It must be a cruel April Fools joke. It must be. But if it’s not, then it’s amazing. The best news I’ve heard and will hear all year! Just one note: PLEASE MAKE GODZILLA FIGHT ANOTHER MONSTER. That is all…for now.
The press release follows:
Legendary Pictures announced today that they will develop and produce a new film based on Toho Companyâ€™s famed GODZILLA character. Through the terms of the agreement, Legendary Pictures has acquired the rights to produce a movie inspired by Tohoâ€™s Godzilla, a franchise the Japanese company created and has nurtured for over fifty years.
Tohoâ€™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 companyâ€™s co-production and co-financing deal with Warner Bros. Toho will distribute the film in Japan.
â€œGodzilla is one of the worldâ€™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,â€ said Thomas Tull, Chairman and CEO of Legendary. â€œOur 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.â€
â€œGodzilla is a signature Japanese character which we have nurtured over the years. It is a great honor to reach an agreement with Legendary Pictures, the parent to many a blockbuster film, and we are delighted in rebooting the character together to realize its much anticipated return by fans from all over the world,â€ comments Hideyuki Takai, President of Toho Co., Ltd. â€œWe are anxious to find out where Godzillaâ€™s new stomping will take us.â€
â€œGodzilla is emblematic of the kind of branded, event films for which Warner Bros. and our partners at Legendary are best known. We have enjoyed a great deal of success together to date and this newest opportunity represents yet another chance for us to collaborate on a property that is very clearly in their wheelhouse,â€ said Jeff Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.
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 Executive Produce.