Modern Day Godzilla Film Striking in 2012

Published 5 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:43 pm,

Legendary Pictures Godzilla Modern Day Modern Day Godzilla Film Striking in 2012

Godzilla is certainly one of the most prolific actors, or actresses (depending on which version we’re talking about) in history with over thirty films, as well as numerous cartoons, named after the giant monster.

Following only a bit of speculation last summer, Legendary Pictures has announced plans for a “modern day epic” based on the Godzilla franchise with a tentative 2012 release date. Legendary will be co-financing and co-producing the project in partnership with Warner Bros. The partnership is nothing new as the pairing has provided moviegoers with several critical successes including: 300, The Dark Knight, and The Hangover.

Legendary secured the rights to the giant lizard/dinosaur from the Japanese based Toho Corp – who have guided the franchise for five decades and will still oversee the film’s release in Japan.

CEO of Legendary Pictures, Thomas Tull, praised Toho Corp for their dedication to Godzilla as well as offered his excitement at having the chance to produce the next Godzilla installment.

“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. 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.”

Of course, the giant elephant, or komodo dragon, in the room is the 1998 modern day Godzilla epic produced by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich – the updated version that featured Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, and hordes of infant Godzillas. Though a commercial success, the film was a critical failure, and did little to reinvigorate the franchise with Western audiences.

Godzilla 1998 Modern Day Modern Day Godzilla Film Striking in 2012

Legendary Pictures has a decent track record, and there’s certainly room for optimism that we may finally get a solid Godzilla update for contemporary audiences. Though, without question, the balance between paying homage to the source material and providing a believable and engaging experience in a modern setting will be an extremely delicate process.

Legendary Pictures is expected to announce a director for the upcoming Godzilla project in the near future.

What do you hope to see in the upcoming modern day Godzilla project?

Source: Variety

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  1. I don't like a modern day setting for this movie. They need to take a page from Peter Jackson's King Kong and set it back a couple decades.

  2. I like the idea of making another American Godzilla film, especially after that epic fail that was “Godzilla: Final Wars”.

  3. YES! i hope it's a remake of Gojira, that would be epic

  4. I like that idea James Corleone, make it a period piece like King Kong, that's a great idea!

  5. Thanks.We all saw what a modern day “Godzilla” looks like (crap).

  6. GOOD! You know why? I HATE Remake's but ''Godzilla'' deserves one. The 1998 G.I.N.O. was a disaster. Al most killed Godzilla for a lot of people. It didn't have anything in common with the original monster an didn't even have the spirit there.

    Godzilla has potential to be an awesome entertaining movie. With the right script and director. So that's what it really come's down too. I enjoy all the Godzilla movie's and the fact that in (FINAL WARS) They killed that stupid Iguana made me love the film just for that.

    So yes, Bring on another American Godzilla movie, Lets just hope they don't mess it up again. I'll wait to see the trailer. I do love Godzilla though.

  7. “the updated version that featured Matthew Broderick, Jean Reno, and hordes of infant Godzillas.”

    Matthew Broderick did not kill Godzilla. He killed a big, dumb lizard that was *not* the real Godzilla.

  8. Well I can also be counted as one who thinks the big monster belongs in 50's dress. Since a modern restyled look was a failure they should try to just touch up any flaws of the original design and go with that. For example I do think his tail has rarely been done justice in the Kaijin/daikaijū form. The monster should be a little faster on his feet too. Speaking of feet. I always thought it looked awful that it feet were so obviously rubber molded things. Stuff should glow after being stepped on near night too. You don't necessarily need to take the man out of the monster completely, just make him do things that make people think, you can't do that and wear a rubber suit. One example, show the lungs and chest moving naturally when breathing and exerting effort. I think kids are owed a little scare too, it's only fair. The monster needs to wreck two cities, as a metaphor for the Atomic horrors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I think it's pretty de rigueur.

  9. They were all modern day when they first came out… as was each version following that… it's just that 25 or 30 years passed between the last “modern day” version until the 1998 version… as for King Kong it was also modern day at the time the film was released… Jackson decided to keep it in the same time period when audiences saw the first one.

  10. I hope you're not stereotyping all big lizards as “dumb”. Some opf my friends are big lizards and they can be quite intelligent and well spoken… for big lizards. And look at Eddie Lizard. He's brilliant.

  11. Hey… aren't you fogetting the version from the 1980s?

    Yes… as a matter of fact, I did forget that one. Big sorry.

    That's quite alright.

  12. This does get me quite excited as I have been looking or that long awaited sequel to 98' Gino for a very long time. I'm 16 and I grew up with a life based on Godzilla, both Japanese and American. So as you might guess, I was far to young to really know that there were drastic differences between the two conceptions. I always just thought they looked different and there was nothing more to it. So to this day, I still enjoy 98' Godzilla and the classic Godzilla movies (Godzilla's Revenge and Godzilla Vs. Monster Zero are still my favorite!) so any new Godzilla franchise I have total confidence in because to me amytime you have a big ass monster stomping around a big city entertainment is guaranteed. I loved Cloverfield aswell and I do consider it the American Godzilla at the moment. Looking forward to 2012!

  13. OO OO OO! *Throws hand in the air* I know, Godzilla and King Kong meet up in a nameless city, possibly throw in a giant Werewolf. Then they all go on a… wait for it… Rampage! Destroying the city, eating people, having general monster fun. Though the movie has no real climax or resolution, nor a visible plot (not much different from the majority of crap coming out these days) it could still be fun. ;)

  14. Throw the towel in. Did anyone see the last version of Godzilla with Broderick? Come on people, not all films need a reboot !! What a terrible idea and waste of money.

  15. That was neither the “last version” nor considered to be any actual relation/sequel to the classic Godzilla franchise.

  16. Izzard… two Z's, no L, as a Brit, I shall defend him to the death.. or to cake.

    And as a matter of fact, yes, I am stereotyping, all big lizards can go to hell.

  17. Godzilla at last!!! I wish he would battle King Kong-thats the sequel everyone wants to really see. I hope they make the movie better than the 1998 version.


  19. Sounds like we're on to something, though I nominate Peoria, Illinois – in the interest of nostalgia.

  20. I kinda grew up with the latest Godzilla, so I really can't say anything bad about it. But a modern updated Godzilla without babies sounds good.

  21. LOL…

  22. Yes I'm well aware of that… Izzard also has a sense of humour… I hate explaining jokes. It takes all the fun out of everything.

  23. Yes I'm well aware it was a joke, that won't stop me from defending his right to not be called a big, dumb lizzard.

  24. First I was like, YEEEAAAH, Another Godzilla movie, finally toho get there butt of the ground and… and then it struck me that this is gonna be another american try… and then I was all, they better not screw this up… But yeah, Ill give legendary the benefit of the doubt, for now.

    About the article though, I would really like to know what you mean by making it “believable”, because I really don't hope you equate that to “realistic”, the one thing I would never want from a Godzilla movie. Its pretty much what I hated most about GINO, how everything about my beloved firebreathing dinosaur was completelly watered down to the point where it was killed by jetfighters… I mean, thats just wrong.

  25. I was just trying to differentiate between the “man-in-suit” style of previous Godzilla films and something that Western audiences will get excited about.

    Basically, can they make a Godzilla movie that captures what fans of the series love about the character (B-movie cheese) while at the same time producing a film that a lot of people will go see?

    I think what J.J. Abrams managed to do with Star Trek would be a good model – at least in terms of dedication to the source material – while simultaneously bringing new energy into the mix.

    I found this redesign by an artist on deviantart – I think it finds a nice balance.

  26. Amen to that !
    Love Godzilla ,Gamera and co.
    But so far the American versions did not get it,and not even close !
    Godzilla is not the Monster in the Movie,he is the
    Hero who saves they day for mankind ! So in that light…..I really have my doubts they get it this time right !
    Have still some hopes with TOHO in the background and that they might learned from the last fiasco !

  27. He's just a big Izzard. Not a big dumb one… and I think he's fantastic…. scales or no scales.

    I'm sorry… what were we talking about?

  28. I think you were calling me a reptile racist.

  29. Oh, that's right. Thanks for the reminder :{