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A Tale of Two Zillas





I kind of hate even writing this story because I honestly believe it will be quickly debunked. If the author of a Pittsburgh Examiner article is correct, Toho is preparing to bring Godzilla back to Japanese theaters in December of 2012 at the same time Legendary Pictures and Monsters director Gareth Edwards are releasing their megabudget 3D Godzilla on screens worldwide.

After retiring Godzilla with Godzilla: Final Wars, Toho claimed at the time that there would be no more Godzilla movies until at least 2014: the 50th anniversary of the "King of the Monsters". According to Fiore Mastracci of the Pittsburgh Examiner, Toho announced plans earlier this year for a big screen return of the Big G in 2012. I must have missed that announcement.

I find this story so confusing I'm just going to quote the Examiner article:

It looks as if the Japanese Godzilla and American Godzilla could be doing battle once again. According to a new article at the Pittsburgh Examiner, rights holder Toho has listed their own personal Godzilla movie for release in theaters December 2012. What's odd is that Toho opted to put Godzilla on hiatus for ten years. Born in 1954, Toho retired Godzilla in 2004 on his fiftieth anniversary and declared no Godzilla movies would be made until 2014. On the other spectrum, Toho gave Legendary and Warners the rights to develop their own remake (now to be directed by Monsters genius Gareth Edwards), which was supposed to take the place of the Japanese version. According to the Examiner, Toho has yet to drop plans for their international Godzilla. Confused? Here: As of this writing, December 2012 will see the release of both a Japanese and American Godzilla movie. I'm spitting fire in excitement!

This disclaimer appears at the bottom of the article:

This story was culled from press releases, emails and sources within the film companies.

I have no idea what to make of any of this other than that it calls for a Godzilla haiku!

A Tale of Two Zillas

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ChaosWeaver's picture

The more Godzilla the better!! Even if the American one sucks (very likely) it'll make the Toho one that much better by comparison.

BTW Foy, thanks for introducing DC to the esteemed Godzilla Haiku...some seriously great internet gems!


Submitted by ChaosWeaver on Fri, 01/14/2011 - 5:47pm.
Vanvance1's picture

I don't see why Toho picked the arbitrary year of 2014 for more Godzilla. Did they think the Godzilla market was saturated?

I want more guy-in-a-suit Godzilla and I want it now!


Submitted by Vanvance1 on Fri, 01/14/2011 - 3:55pm.
DavidFullam's picture

Give me a half assed Toho production over an American one any day of the week.


Submitted by DavidFullam on Fri, 01/14/2011 - 2:57pm.

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