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Run for your lives! It's another Godzilla movie!

03.29.2010

You'd think that the massive critical and commercial disappointment of 1999's GODZILLA would scare the shit out of anyone who even considered making another Hollywood version. You'd be wrong. Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have closed a deal with Toho to bring Godzilla back to the big screen in a new way.

Details haven't been released on how exactly Warner Bros. is planning to reinvent/reboot GODZILLA but let's not forget that JJ Abrams made a relatively successful Godzilla movie just two years ago with CLOVERFIELD. That seemed to be the only way to make a Godzilla movie successful - by not making it a GODZILLA movie. I'm guessing they've already got an idea of how they'd like to spin this GODZILLA movie but I might be giving them way too much credit. It'll just be another CG-heavy blockbuster about a giant monster destroying a major city (can he please go to the west coast this time?).

Please do not mistake this as my disdain for the GODZILLA franchise as a whole. DESTROY ALL MONSTERS!, MOTHRA VS. GODZILLA and TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA are among my absolute favorites (and I should probably admit that as a 10-year-old, I cried during SON OF GODZILLA). I might cry again during this GODZILLA too but for entirely different reasons.

No director or writer are attached but the studios are looking to get the film in theaters for 2012; the year, not coincidentally, that Mayans predicted would be the end of the world. Certainly the end of good ideas.

Extra Tidbit: No more Matthew Broderick, please.
Source: THR

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7:39PM on 03/30/2010
Love the 99 one
Love the 99 one
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3:09PM on 03/30/2010
you know i never understood the massive hate for the Godzilla remake...i mean it is far from perfect but i found it to be enjoyable as a kid and even now..im not sure how i feel about a sequel or reboot or remake of a remake or whatever this is but i do feel that people where way to harsh on the 1999 version
you know i never understood the massive hate for the Godzilla remake...i mean it is far from perfect but i found it to be enjoyable as a kid and even now..im not sure how i feel about a sequel or reboot or remake of a remake or whatever this is but i do feel that people where way to harsh on the 1999 version
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1:23PM on 03/30/2010

The soundtrack to the American Remake was AMAZING

I'd still listen to it if I still had it... That being said, it takes a lot to keep the attention of a 9 yr old in 1999 and the 2+hr American remake did that. Keep that in mind before you diss it. Hell, it keeps the interest of all my cousins and sometimes even my 6 yr old brother. I personally can't hate the movie, though it is admittedly cheese. Is it too much to ask for Jean Reno to come back?
I'd still listen to it if I still had it... That being said, it takes a lot to keep the attention of a 9 yr old in 1999 and the 2+hr American remake did that. Keep that in mind before you diss it. Hell, it keeps the interest of all my cousins and sometimes even my 6 yr old brother. I personally can't hate the movie, though it is admittedly cheese. Is it too much to ask for Jean Reno to come back?
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12:43PM on 03/30/2010

Bring back the feel of the original

Set it in Asia, with Tokyo for the grand finale. Follow a group of Japanese-Americans who can connect simultaneously with American audiences and the Japanese culture they're dropped into. Have Hong Kong be wiped out in the opening act. And for God's sake, have Godzilla be a towering behemoth with death ray breath, not a hunched over French iguana. Put the 'God' back in Godzilla. Godzilla doesn't have to run away real fast. To quote Goodfellas 'he might move slow, but thats only because he
Set it in Asia, with Tokyo for the grand finale. Follow a group of Japanese-Americans who can connect simultaneously with American audiences and the Japanese culture they're dropped into. Have Hong Kong be wiped out in the opening act. And for God's sake, have Godzilla be a towering behemoth with death ray breath, not a hunched over French iguana. Put the 'God' back in Godzilla. Godzilla doesn't have to run away real fast. To quote Goodfellas 'he might move slow, but thats only because he didn't have to move fast for anybody.'
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9:38AM on 03/30/2010

Keep the budget down.

Seriously, give some creative young director a modest budget and let him and a writer go to town. You might something new to offer.

I hate to say, I liked the 1999 when it came out. I was young(er) and it felt like a Jurassic Park gone dark...I can't justify it. The soundtrack was pretty good tho.
Seriously, give some creative young director a modest budget and let him and a writer go to town. You might something new to offer.

I hate to say, I liked the 1999 when it came out. I was young(er) and it felt like a Jurassic Park gone dark...I can't justify it. The soundtrack was pretty good tho.
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3:38AM on 03/30/2010
As a huge Godzilla fan, I look forward to this, but sure hope it's more like Godzilla 2000, or GMK, than Emmerich's version.

And I think they should get someone who has directed a japense Godzilla movie, like Sushuke Kaneko, director of my favorite Godzilla movie (Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monster All-out Attack. What a title!) But that's not likely to happen.

Oh, and give Godzilla some cool enemies to fight (King Ghidorah, maybe?)
As a huge Godzilla fan, I look forward to this, but sure hope it's more like Godzilla 2000, or GMK, than Emmerich's version.

And I think they should get someone who has directed a japense Godzilla movie, like Sushuke Kaneko, director of my favorite Godzilla movie (Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah: Giant Monster All-out Attack. What a title!) But that's not likely to happen.

Oh, and give Godzilla some cool enemies to fight (King Ghidorah, maybe?)
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2:42AM on 03/30/2010

bring on another one!

Call me crazy but I liked Godzilla with Matthew Broderick. Lord knows we've all seen WAY worse films than that!
Call me crazy but I liked Godzilla with Matthew Broderick. Lord knows we've all seen WAY worse films than that!
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1:02AM on 03/30/2010

Origin Stories.

I wonder if they can make the movie without resorting to an Origin Story.
It's a question I've been wondering for the reboots of Superman and Spiderman too.

We all know the rough origins of these famous characters. Why not throw us into a world where they are already established and let things go on from there. Maybe use a few flashbacks or exposition conversations to let us into this stories particular twists on the characters. But start the movie in a world that's had Giant Monsters
I wonder if they can make the movie without resorting to an Origin Story.
It's a question I've been wondering for the reboots of Superman and Spiderman too.

We all know the rough origins of these famous characters. Why not throw us into a world where they are already established and let things go on from there. Maybe use a few flashbacks or exposition conversations to let us into this stories particular twists on the characters. But start the movie in a world that's had Giant Monsters causing havoc since the 1950's.... "Watchman" the world.
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12:03AM on 03/30/2010

Right!

Yeah must be really hard to write a Godzilla movie and get believable spfx on screen. Hollywood while lazy most of the time is wasting rest of it talking crap!
Yeah must be really hard to write a Godzilla movie and get believable spfx on screen. Hollywood while lazy most of the time is wasting rest of it talking crap!
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10:25PM on 03/29/2010

wow

i enjoyed Godzilla hollywood version^^ although its not a real "gojira" like jap version, and i hope the godzila 2012, will be keep the real gojira, not another hollywood verison
i enjoyed Godzilla hollywood version^^ although its not a real "gojira" like jap version, and i hope the godzila 2012, will be keep the real gojira, not another hollywood verison
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10:14PM on 03/29/2010
I have to admit, I enjoyed Roland's Hollywood-ized Godzilla. Keep in mind I was 11 years old when it came out so I pretty much LOVED it. And it's probably why I can still watch it, because I loved it as a kid. But this news is awesome. I have a lot of faith is Warner Bros. and Legendary. This one's gonna' be something awesome for sure.
I have to admit, I enjoyed Roland's Hollywood-ized Godzilla. Keep in mind I was 11 years old when it came out so I pretty much LOVED it. And it's probably why I can still watch it, because I loved it as a kid. But this news is awesome. I have a lot of faith is Warner Bros. and Legendary. This one's gonna' be something awesome for sure.
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9:03PM on 03/29/2010
Godzilla vs. King Kong i loved the original.
Godzilla vs. King Kong i loved the original.
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8:50PM on 03/29/2010
This could be awesome if they let Godzilla have his superpowers (unlike the crappy Emmerich version) & give him a ferocious foe to fight.
This could be awesome if they let Godzilla have his superpowers (unlike the crappy Emmerich version) & give him a ferocious foe to fight.
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8:20PM on 03/29/2010
Do it right, start a franchise, and put the brutality on maximum. Do NOT make this one for the kids. PG-13 at LEAST.
Do it right, start a franchise, and put the brutality on maximum. Do NOT make this one for the kids. PG-13 at LEAST.
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8:18PM on 03/29/2010
Godzilla deserves a second chance.
Godzilla deserves a second chance.
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7:55PM on 03/29/2010
I'll be fine with this as long as it doesn't take itself too seriously. Viva Gojira!
I'll be fine with this as long as it doesn't take itself too seriously. Viva Gojira!
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7:18PM on 03/29/2010
Let's just keep it out of the hands of Devlin & Emmerich...from the start 1000% better.
Let's just keep it out of the hands of Devlin & Emmerich...from the start 1000% better.
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6:52PM on 03/29/2010

I'm actually glad

I grew up on Godzilla, too. Godzilla vs. Destroyer is one of my favorites. I hate the 1998 Godzilla movie with a passion, too, but I'm really open to the idea of a big-budget reboot by a director who gets what makes Godzilla so enjoyable. I've always wanted to see one that kind of takes the approach that the 1985-95 movies took. And at the very least, this could shake Godzilla out of his hiatus and get Japan making movies again.
I grew up on Godzilla, too. Godzilla vs. Destroyer is one of my favorites. I hate the 1998 Godzilla movie with a passion, too, but I'm really open to the idea of a big-budget reboot by a director who gets what makes Godzilla so enjoyable. I've always wanted to see one that kind of takes the approach that the 1985-95 movies took. And at the very least, this could shake Godzilla out of his hiatus and get Japan making movies again.
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6:43PM on 03/29/2010

Need Cheese.

The reason the Japanese Godzillas are so fun is that they are so daft silly.
Crazy monsters, the day saved by mad inventions of crazy scientists. Just throwing logic to the wind and having fun with it all.

American movies seem to need to be "logical" and "realistic" when they do stuff like this. Screw that. Go big and stupid. Throw in Mothra or Rodan or MechaGodzilla or King Ghidora. Throw in Jeff Goldblum (he's Hollywoods Official Mad Scientist, isn't he?) inventing some Freeze Ray.
The reason the Japanese Godzillas are so fun is that they are so daft silly.
Crazy monsters, the day saved by mad inventions of crazy scientists. Just throwing logic to the wind and having fun with it all.

American movies seem to need to be "logical" and "realistic" when they do stuff like this. Screw that. Go big and stupid. Throw in Mothra or Rodan or MechaGodzilla or King Ghidora. Throw in Jeff Goldblum (he's Hollywoods Official Mad Scientist, isn't he?) inventing some Freeze Ray. And the US Giant Monster Defence Force flying the Super-X... have FUN with it all.
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7:22AM on 03/30/2010
"the US Giant Monster Defence Force flying the Super-X.."

F-ing genius :)
"the US Giant Monster Defence Force flying the Super-X.."

F-ing genius :)
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6:03PM on 03/29/2010
I love Godzilla. It's something I can watch all the time. Roland Emmerich decided to piss on Godzilla and his loyal fan base when making the 1998 U.S. version. I understand the cheese factor placates to some of the older films but the Big G has had vicious moments that made me love it even more. If they must, make him the bad-ass he can be then amp it up ten-fold!
I love Godzilla. It's something I can watch all the time. Roland Emmerich decided to piss on Godzilla and his loyal fan base when making the 1998 U.S. version. I understand the cheese factor placates to some of the older films but the Big G has had vicious moments that made me love it even more. If they must, make him the bad-ass he can be then amp it up ten-fold!
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6:03PM on 03/29/2010
Look its not the sort of news that gets me excited but depending on the talent that gets involved but i have this bad feeling its going to be McG.
Look its not the sort of news that gets me excited but depending on the talent that gets involved but i have this bad feeling its going to be McG.
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5:57PM on 03/29/2010
3D or I'm not watching it. DROPPING THE BALL WARNER!!!!

I only kid. F**k 3D.
3D or I'm not watching it. DROPPING THE BALL WARNER!!!!

I only kid. F**k 3D.
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4:50PM on 03/29/2010
I won't decide if I'm going to write this off until I hear a lot more news.
I won't decide if I'm going to write this off until I hear a lot more news.
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4:47PM on 03/29/2010

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While Clash of the Titans (A.K.A 'The movie no-one asked for) is a bit of blind noisy fun, Godzilla being made by the same guys isnt.

Jon Krasinski for the hero!
While Clash of the Titans (A.K.A 'The movie no-one asked for) is a bit of blind noisy fun, Godzilla being made by the same guys isnt.

Jon Krasinski for the hero!
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5:37PM on 03/29/2010
Im not sure I understand how you make a connection between Clash of the Titans -old or new- and Godzilla -older or more recent- as being made by the same guys.
Im not sure I understand how you make a connection between Clash of the Titans -old or new- and Godzilla -older or more recent- as being made by the same guys.
3:55PM on 03/29/2010

Don't feel bad Sampson

I cried at the end of Godzilla 1985. Why do humans always gotta beat up on Big G? He can't help what atomic radiation did to him!

As long as this new movie means Godzilla vs. Biollante and Godzilla 1985 will finally get official Region 1 releases, I'll be happy!

Oh, and my pick for director would be Guillermo del Torro.
I cried at the end of Godzilla 1985. Why do humans always gotta beat up on Big G? He can't help what atomic radiation did to him!

As long as this new movie means Godzilla vs. Biollante and Godzilla 1985 will finally get official Region 1 releases, I'll be happy!

Oh, and my pick for director would be Guillermo del Torro.
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3:55PM on 03/29/2010
A Hollywood Godzilla movie could be great, if they think outside the box and make it original (like Cloverfield).
A Hollywood Godzilla movie could be great, if they think outside the box and make it original (like Cloverfield).
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3:42PM on 03/29/2010
Emmerich's Godzilla was released in 1998 not 1999. How about Godzilla vs. Locke i mean Smokey.
Emmerich's Godzilla was released in 1998 not 1999. How about Godzilla vs. Locke i mean Smokey.
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3:56PM on 03/29/2010
I believe he was talking about "Godzilla 2000" released in 1999 by Toho, cause 1998's Godzilla might have had critical disappointment, but comercial? I don't think so.
I believe he was talking about "Godzilla 2000" released in 1999 by Toho, cause 1998's Godzilla might have had critical disappointment, but comercial? I don't think so.
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