The towering star of countless Toho films and one Blue Oyster Cult song is possibly getting another big budget, American relaunch under the Legendary Pictures banner, the same fine folks who re-launched another languishing icon, Batman, for Warner Brothers in 2005. Could this be the film to launch Big G into the hearts and minds of a whole new generation of little big monster fans? Take a deep, irradiated breath and read more after the jump.
Details are scant at this point, but Bloody Digusting is reporting that Legendary is in talks to produce a new Godzilla reboot for American audiences. Godzilla’s cinematic history in the States has been tenuous at best over the last two decades. A Godzilla film was planned by Fred Dekker, of “Monster Squad” and “Night of the Creeps” fame in the late eighties, but was buried. The nineties saw a revived interest and a good script and even some early design work by Stan Winston delivered to Tri-Star before they ultimately decided to get in on some of that sweet “Independence Day” green and hired Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich to do a disaster movie version of the story. That film, referred to by some as GINO (Godzilla in Name Only), and referred to by me as “Godzilla Vs. Ferris Bueller”, went nowhere and even abandoned its sequel promise after a lackluster showing at the box office and a rejection by fans. When the toys on store shelves aren’t getting touched, you messed up.
So here we go again. Can a Godzilla work across the Pacific? Absolutely. There are amazing opportunities for amazing, one-of-a-kind visuals, and for a fun, breathtaking adventure movie; Godzilla fights other monster. That’s what makes Godzilla fun and gets people in the door. Let Godzilla be Godzilla. I’m talking radioactive breath and everything. Oh, and don’t make him overly sympathetic. I felt like I was watching “Old Yeller” at the end of Emmerich’s “Godzilla”. Keep all this in mind and with a good cast and solid filmmakers, this could be something special.