Huge news just breaking that Legendary Pictures (Batman Begins, Clash of the Titans) are working with Toho to bring Godzilla back to the big screen here in the US. Legendary Pictures have officially secured the rights to Godzilla from Japan’s Toho Company. Reports say that Toho will handle release in Japan. Warner Brothers is aiming for a 2012 release date with, of course, early 3D rumors circulating.

Anyone who follows Godzilla, knows that Toho retired Godzilla a few years back but has kept the idea open for another Godzilla film. Most importantly, Toho wanted to do Godzilla in 3D (even before Avatar and other 3D films were hits) and originally had Godzilla versus Hedorah director Yoshimitsu Banno working on “Godzilla 3D to the Max”. No word on if these two projects are related, but obviously Toho feels that 3D and Godzilla are a perfect match.

According to, Thomas Tull, Chairman and CEO of Legendary had the following to say on the film…

“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.”

I remain carefully optimistic. The last American made Godzilla film had all the makings of a classic. The hype was incredible and the movie made a lot of money off the idea… Unfortunately the movie itself was pretty terrible and uninspired and as a Godzilla film, there was next to nothing that resembled Godzilla. Of course, that was really before Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich had been exposed as the hacks that they are.

3D could be the perfect forum for Godzilla. However it’ll need to resemble the classic Godzilla movies both in scale and scope, not rely too much on CGI and most importantly feature other monsters. The world doesn’t need another Godzilla origin movie.

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