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News Article:
New Godzilla Film: May 16, 2014
Current News - Past News

Date: 9/14/2012 (Updated: 10/05/2012)
Author: Anthony Romero
Source: (Press release)

Legendary Pictures' upcoming film for the King of the Monsters finally has a date. Simply titled "Godzilla", the movie will be released to theaters across the US on May 16, 2014, with other market releases to likely follow or coincide with that date. Distribution will be handled worldwide by Warner Bros, except for Japan which will be handled by Toho.

Not surprisingly, the film is planned for a 3D release, which was expected as it was born from Yoshimitsu Banno's (director of Godzilla vs. Hedorah and writer of Prophecies of Nostradamus) efforts to produce a 3D Godzilla movie of his own, who will be one of the producers of the new film. The creative talents for the picture include Gareth Edwards as director (the director of Monsters) and a screenplay that is a collaboration between David Callaham (The Expendables and Doom), David S. Goyer (Blade and The Dark Knight) and Max Borenstein (relatively new to the scene, having worked on the upcoming The Seventh Son).

The news was revealed from a press release, which is included below:

THE ICONIC MOVIE MONSTER GODZILLA STOMPS INTO THEATERS ON MAY 16, 2014

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures have slated their take on the classic Godzilla franchise to kick off the Summer moviegoing season on May 16, 2014. The joint announcement was made today by Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, and by Legendary Pictures.

Toho Co., Ltd.'s Godzilla franchise contains one of the most widely recognized movie monsters worldwide, including more than 25 films, multiple television programs, video games and book series. Legendary, which has been developing the project, and its partner Warner Bros. will return the character to its epic roots with a gritty, realistic actioner. The project will fall under Legendary's overall agreement with Warner Bros.

The film is directed by Gareth Edwards, who earned worldwide acclaim for his feature directorial debut, "Monsters." Edwards directs from a screenplay by David Callaham ("The Expendables" films), David S. Goyer (the "Dark Knight" trilogy) and Max Borenstein (upcoming "The Seventh Son"). Legendary's Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce, along with Roy Lee, Dan Lin and Brian Rogers. Alex Garcia and Patricia Whitcher will serve as executive producers alongside Doug Davison, Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira.

A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, the film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd. The tent pole film is expected to be presented in 3D.

Update: A new article, by Variety, indicates that the script is getting yet another writer attached to the project. The script is now in the rewrite stage by Drew Pearce, the writer for the upcoming Iron Man 3 film. Pearce now marks the fourth writer who has been tasked with working on the screenplay. According to the report, the latest rewrites are focused on using older characters than were originally planned.