The last time I saw a legit, big screen adaptation of the classic Godzilla story (in the US) it was in 1998. The film was directed by disaster film icon Roland Emmerich and starred Ferris Bue…I mean Matthew Broderick. The movie was a disappointment in every sense of the word, but 12 years later Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures have gotten the urge to do it again.
According to THR, Legendary and Warners want to produce a reboot/remake/revamp or whatever you want to call it of Godzilla. Legendary have acquired the rights to create another film based on the character who first appeared on the big screen back in 1954. Over the past 50 year’s he’s experienced several incarnations on television, in film, and in literature.
The new feature is scheduled to hit theaters in 2012, which will be a year of epic movies considering that’s when Marvel will roll out their Avengers flick (which we hope is awesome). Is this Warner Bros way of making sure they have enough tentpole ammunition to keep up with the competition?
“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,” said Thomas Tull, chairman and CEO of Legendary. “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.”
Is it sad that the only thing I remember about the 1998 Godzilla movie are the Taco Bell and Dorito commercials that accompanied it? I have that same issue with Batman and Robin. The movies were forgettable but the corporate tie-ins were so in your face. Hopefully, Legendary and Warner Bros can give me something good to replace those absent Godzilla memories with.
What do you think of another Godzilla remake? Who should they get to direct?