Is America ready for another Godzilla movie? According to the Heat Vision Blog, Legendary Pictures have just finished negotiating the rights to a new movie based on Japan’s most famous monster, and Warner Brothers will co-produce, co-finance and distribute the film. Bloody Disgusting first reported on rumours that this deal was in the works last summer, and now it appears that their source was 100% on the money.
“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… 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.”
It’s still early in the game, but they are hoping to have it ready for a 2012 release. Dan Lin (Sherlock Holmes), Roy Lee (Quarantine, The Strangers) and Brian Rogers are producing, and although there is no word on a director as of yet, I have to think it won’t be long before Louis Leterrier’s name turns up as a possibility. His work on Clash of the Titans and The Incredible Hulk seem like a perfect match. On the other hand, could the success of Cloverfield inspire them to turn to J.J. Abrams? I know a lot of people continue to have doubts about another U.S. version of Godzilla, but I think that as long as Roland Emmerich is not involved, there are plenty of other people who could pull it off. Thoughts?