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Godzilla Officially on His Way Back to the Big Screen

Rumors swirled late last year that Legendary Pictures, the company behind The Dark Knight, Watchmen, and this week’s Clash of the Titans remake, were in discussion with Toho about bringing the King of the Monsters back to the big screen. Today that news became official. Godzilla is back!

“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.”

That’s a quote from the Hollywood Reporter confirming a story today that was originally reported on by Bloody Disgusting about Legendary Pictures acquiring the rights to develop and produce a new Godzilla flick to be co-produced, co-financed, and distributed by Warner Brothers. While there are no other details or talk of any talent that might be involved at this time, the plan is to release the second and hopefully more successful stab at an American Godzilla in 2012 than we got with Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin’s unholy 1998 abomination. That shouldn’t be a problem as long as whoever they hire to write and direct don’t think they’re above making a giant monster movie and actually have some respect for the property. Ten bucks says it will also be shot in 3D.

Now let us celebrate this news with some Godzilla Haiku. Yes, there is an actual website devoted solely to the art of haiku poetry about the King of the Monsters.

Godzilla Officially on His Way Back to the Big Screen

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  • Terminal

    I’ll remain fairly skeptical until I see stills or something.
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    “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

  • Cinemascribe

    Bows reverently in the direction of Japan. Slips Blue Oyster Cult’s phenomenal concert album “Some Enchanted Evening ” into the CD player and jams to the live version of “Godzilla”.

    Oh No..there goes Tokyo. Go go Godzilla.

    Rock on, King of the Monsters.

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    “I’m saying that I’m an insect who dreamt he was a man…and loved it. But now the dream is over..and the insect is awake.” – Seth Brundle

  • DavidFullam

    Rather have a Japanese (real) Godzilla.

  • Rottenjesus

    After watching that brilliantly awesome 1990s GAMERA trilogy I think a combination of men-in-suits and CG can be done well. I hope that this film actually pays respect to franchise unlike that 1998 movie that shall not be mentioned ever again.

  • Vanvance1

    Godzilla 2000 was my favourite to date but I can’t get enough of the atomic-fire spitting guy.

    Alas, Americans don’t understand that Godzilla is all about giant monsters fighting each other. The humans are always boring… and no, he’s not a dinosaur and you don’t need to remake Jurassic Park.

    P.S. A Godzilla/Gamera showdown is long overdo.

    • Avid Fan

      Yeah, it’s weird that they’ve never crossed path’s.

    • Avid Fan

      This is the last heard of the concept from back in 2002:

      “This past July, Kadokawa Publishing, which is no stranger to film production, purchased the world-famous Daiei Motion Picture Company. Kadokawa has produced films in the past, usually based on its own publications, which have been some of the biggest scale productions ever made in Japan. The impressive roster of films includes the box-office hits LEGEND OF THE EIGHT SAMURAI (Satomi Hakken Den), VIRUS (katsu-no Hi) and HARMAGEDDON (Harumagedon).

      This month, Kadokawa Publishing’s head, 58 year-old Maihiko Kadokawa, launches his own film studio — the “Kadokawa-Daiei Motion Picture Company.” To assist him in this new venture, Kadokawa has hired 65 year-old Kazuo Kuroi, President of Kinema Jumpo, as the company’s Chairman. Kinema Jumpo is Japan’s oldest and most respected film critique magazine.

      The Evening Fuji tapped Chairman Kuroi for his comments, “Every year, we will aim to produce two to three large-scale films [in addition to smaller productions].” One of the first of these large-scale productions, the new company plans on remaking one of the original Daiei hits, DAIMAJIN. It was also revealed that they are in negotiations with the Toho Motion Picture Company to co-produce GODZILLA VS. GAMERA.”

      • Vanvance1

        Thanks Avid,

        I guess the two studios couldn’t get together and make it work. Such a shame.

        P.S. If they computer animate the next Godzilla flick I’m not paying to see it. Godzilla MUST be a man in a suit.

  • Vermithrax

    ::picks self off floor::

    YES!!!!!

  • fceurich39

    awesome i hope this brings about a long overdue release of godzilla 1985 on dvd

    • Uncle Creepy

      Not to mention Godzilla vs Megalon and Godzilla vs. Biolante. Those are the only three I am missing!

      • Rob

        Biolante is one of my favorite Godzilla foes. Though no one has ever topped Destroyah in my books. That fucker was pure evil, loved him.

        • Uncle Creepy

          Megaguirus was close! Still, my favorite of the newer G films is still GMK. Loved every second of it! I so prefer Godzilla when he’s evil. Loved the more classic look he had in the film, and those malevolent white soulless eyes!

          • Rob

            Ah, shit, I blanked on Megaguirus. He was great and I always wanted to see a crossover battle with him and Gyaos from the Gamera movies.

            Growing up, I think one of my favorites was also King Caesar and how if he got shot at with an energy beam, it didn’t matter how big the blast was, his right eye sucked it up and his left eye shot it right back at his opponent. Classic.

            Speaking of giant monster movies, I’ve been blanking on the name of this one, but there was this proposed King Kong vs Frankenstein movie where the monster was going to be put together from the parts of various African wildlife, and the creature had a specific name. Started with a G, and I’m blanking on it.

          • Verdugo

            Was it the Ginko?

          • Avid Fan

            Yep, it was Ginko, who later became King Kong.
            http://www.monstrous.com/forum/index.php?topic=1488.0;wap2

          • Rob

            Right, Ginko! Thanks for clearing that up.

          • Avid Fan

            King Kong vs Frankenstein was supposed to be a sequel to the original King Kong film written by William O’ Brien, which was stolen by John Beck who couldn’t get it produced. The story was sold to Toho who turned it into King Kong vs Godzilla. A follow-up film was written called Frankenstein vs Godzilla, but the story was dropped and Godzilla’s next foe became Mothra. Still into the Frankenstein story Toho used the idea of the giant growing Frankenstein for Frankenstein Conquers the World, which was originally going to be Frankenstein vs The Human Vapor.
            Also, the film called Godzilla vs The Sea Monster was completely written as King Kong vs the Sea Monster, then Toho changed the main monster from kong to zilla, which would explain the interaction of Godzilla with the female lead in that film.
            Wackiness.

          • Avid Fan

            It was also quite a departure for a Godzilla flick to have G be an amalgamation the the WW2 dead souls. Which is pretty cool conceptually.
            I’m a big fan of Ghidora the Three Headed Monster, Invasion of Monster Zero, Godzilla vs Mecha-Godzilla and the Godzilla 2000 was a pretty amazing come-back film. Was not a huge fan of the Heisei series version of Godzilla (very stiff, no character and weird dog-style head) but I liked some of the monsters for sure.

      • LifeMi

        Do you have a Region Free DVD Player, Creepy? I bought one and got The Return of Godzilla/Godzilla 1985 in its original Japanese version on DVD from Hong Kong (Region 3). Go to ebay and you should be able to get it and the others for a fairly good price. Won’t have special features or the american version but until we get american releases it’s the best we can get.

        • Uncle Creepy

          Thanks! Will look into it!

          • LifeMi

            You can also get Godzilla vs. Biollante that way; I am buying that this week. Godzilla vs. Megalon is available in a Region 4 DVD that should be pretty easy to find on ebay.