It was announced this past March that Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. are developing a reboot of Toho Company’s Godzilla. Fans of the franchise were gratified but wary after Roland Emmerich’s disappointing take on Godzilla in 1998. Things have been moving slowly with the project, though they do still aim for a 2012 release.
Concept art for the film became available at this year’s Comic-Con, providing a bit of nourishment to feed the fan fervor. Though according to the interview below, the “creature head” image for Godzilla that was floating around the interwebs was just an “internet rumor” and has nothing to do with the planned production.
Producer Brian Rogers took the time to speak with YouTube user Zennie 62 at Universal Studios’ 3D Summit, giving fans a bit more information on the progress and direction of the project. Legendary Pictures is the company that worked with Chris Nolan to bring us the phenomenally successful Batman reboots; Batman Begins and The Dark Night. According to Rogers, Godzilla will be a contemporized version of the classic. It will maintain all of the elements that are essential to the original creature, and tell the story in a way that makes sense to a 21st century audience.
“In all the conversations we had with Legendary [Pictures], they made it clear that they want to pay homage to the traditional Godzilla character and they did not want to make the same decisions that Sony did which was taking the whole character and…it became more of an iguana-like character, laying eggs,” he explained. “They wanted to go back to the history of the project, but again because it’s a reboot, bring it into the 21st century and do a project that was current and exciting to the audience… Similar to what Legendary did with ‘Batman.’”
Rogers explains that Godzilla will also return to fighting his more traditional opponents — other monsters.
“I think I can safely say that there will be another monster or monsters that Godzilla will fight. I think traditionally those are kind of situations that the fan base wants to see. In the original Sony version, in my opinion, not having another monster that they were fighting, was a drawback and not an asset. And just having Godzilla fight the US army was not in the same spirit of the character.”
The project originated as an IMAX 3D movie, but Rogers re-envisioned the project as a digital 3D wide release back in 2007. It took a long period of time to get a licensing agreement in place to do a 3D feature film of Godzilla; which is a large part of the reason that the project has developed so slowly.
You can see the complete interview with Brian Rogers below:
Godzilla has a planned 2012 release.