Well here we go. In what is probably the greatest news of the year (what can I say? I’m a bit biased), Warner Bros. has officially announced a release date for Legendary Studios’ GODZILLA. It’s coming in the year 2014, just as we all expected. May 16th, which is a pretty square date if I say so myself. Check out the full details below, and especially where I put in bold.
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.
“Gritty, realistic actioner”, I’m liking the sound of that, as most if not all fans are. With this update, I’m sure the dwindling optimism of we few faithful has been restored.
What do you guys think of the news? Are you excited for the kaiju’s return to the silver screen? Or does the 1998 reboot still haunt your dreams?
Looks to me like ol’ Zilla can’t wait to wreak havok yet again.