After getting use to seeing a new Godzilla movie every year (or two) from Japan I have started to get worry that the whole Godzilla will come to an end after the lastest film Godzilla Final War.
I have been a dedicated fan as long as I can remember, I even own a tons of Godzilla toys as a kid and even now. So seeing my favor childhood monster getting less movies really worries me.
However, after some google-ing it and asking some friends with similar interest, I have learned that Toho Co., Ltd. has been preparing for a new Godzilla movie; Godzilla 3D.
The reason why there is this unnatural huge gap between Final Wars and this one is because Toho decided to put Godzilla on a short hiatus. Toho’s fast releasing of Godzilla movies every year had led to audience burnout and decreasing ticket sales, so the studio realized the time had come to take a break and let demand build again before making another Godzilla film.
The script for the movie was written in 2003 by Yoshimitsu Banno, and was originally called GODZILLA VS DEATHLA TO THE MAX. The film was later changed to call Godzilla 3-D in 2005 as Yoshimitsu revised the story.
….on May 8, 2007 the American fx house Kerner Productions announced that they would be working on GODZILLA 3-D. Kerner had started as the physical effects unit of George Lucas’ fx company Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), creating miniature props and sets, robots, creatures, aliens, and explosions.
The start of production was now announced for February 2008, with location shooting in South America, Mexico, Tokyo, Las Vegas and Los Angeles (all of the locations named in the third story treatment from 2005). Kerner also stated that GODZILLA 3-D would be filmed in English, with casting taking place in LA.
Check out this site to see more info on the the Godizlla 3-D developement http://www.scifijapan.com/articles/2007/08/07/the-long-evolution-of-godzilla-3-d/
So is the movie really coming? Well, to answer that, IT IS! and they are hoping to release on 2012!
There have been some very exciting developments for the new Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla film scheduled for a 2012 release date. It is confirmed that Brian Rogers is the producer at the helm of the project. Who’s Brian Rogers? Well, he’s probably the best man for the job. Rogers has a long history in developing a Godzilla project. Some years ago, Rogers met Yoshimitsu Banno, who had been company director at Toho for 35 years and had directed Godzilla vs. Hedorah, a.k.a Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster. Banno had angered Godzilla creator Tomoyuki Tanaka with his famous “flying Godzilla” scene and human deaths caused by Hedorah and was subsequently banned from other Godzilla films.
However, when he met Rogers, Banno had acquired the rights to Godzilla for a 3D IMAX project. IMAX eventually pulled out and in 2007, they went back to Toho and took a huge amount of time to negotiate a licensing agreement for a 3D Godzilla film. Afterward, Rogers and his partners started shopping around for studios and Legendary Pictures stepped forward to take on the challenge. Rogers liked Legendary’s style with past projects like Batman Begins and commitment to staying true to the original character.
These and other revelations came to light in an exciting exclusive interview with Rogers at the 3D Summit in Universal City, CA. by internet blogger Zeanie62.
Here’s the news in a nutshell:
1. Godzilla will be a 3D project, live action, but with a CG monster.
2. Rogers stressed 2012 is the scheduled release date, but it will be a big project. Worth the wait I’m sure
3. Godzilla will fight one or more monster opponents!!!!!!!!!
4. The sculpted dragon head floating around the web is NOT Godzilla’s design.
5. No director yet.
6. No special effects house yet, but WETA, made famous for doing effects forLord of the Rings is a strong possibility.
Go here for the original article. Take it from the horse’s mouth. Thank you Zeanie62!