being hinted at in August of 2009, it's official
that a new Godzilla movie is in the works for a
release date tentatively set for 2012. Details are
scarce, but what is known is that the movie will
be produced by Legendary Pictures, the production
house behind films such as The Dark Knight
and the new Clash of the Titans. The movie
will also be co-produced and co-financed with Warner
Bros, who will distribute the movie outside of Japan
while Toho will release the movie within the country.
In regards to official comment, Thomas
Tull, Chairman and CEO of Legendary Pictures, stated:
"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."
A director for the project is said
to be forth coming in announcements. In terms of
producers, Dan Lin, Roy Lee and Brian Rogers have
been cited. Kenji Okuhira, Doug Davison and Godzilla
vs. Hedorah (1971) director Yoshimitsu Banno
will be executive producers on the project. Due
to the inclusion of Okuhira and Banno, who had previously
attempted to get the Godzilla 3D project
off the ground, it's very likely that this new movie
is the offshoot from their effort to interest foreign
studios in the franchise.