Get ready for a monster invasion as Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures have finally announced the release date for the ginormous Japanese reptilian film, ‘Godzilla.’ Not only was the official date of May 16, 2014, established, the announcement also confirmed the screenwriters, producers and executive producers.
According to the press release, Gareth Edwards, who directed the indie film ‘Monsters,’ will be at the helm of the ‘Godzilla’ reboot working off a draft scribed by David Callaham (‘Doom,’ ‘The Expendables’ movies). David S. Goyer (the ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy, ‘Man of Steel,’ ‘Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance’) was later brought in to work on the script but was unexpectedly replaced for unknown reasons by newcomer Max Borenstein (‘The Seventh Son’). According to the announcement, all three men will be getting screen credit for their work on the screenplay.
‘Godzilla’ has been in development for years but it’s only in the last few months that the project seemed to be gaining steam. Edwards was on hand at Comic-Con when Warner Bros. and Legendary teased those in attendance with a short trailer overlaid with quotes from J. Robert Oppenheimer, father of the atomic bomb, which have lead fans to believe that Edwards’ version will stay true to the original story.
Also revealed is that the film will be in 3D. Now whether it will be filmed in 3D or be post-converted like ‘Pacific Rim’ and ‘G.I. Joe: Retailiation,’ is unknown but the thought of watching ‘Godzilla’ in full big screen glory coming at you is exciting enough! No word if Mothra or Rodan will be in this film, but if the studio decides on a sequel, it would be great to see these two creatures back again!
Now with all this great monstrous news comes the fact that the release date of ‘Godzilla’ also coincides with the release date of Bay’s ‘Ninja Turtles.’ So unless one of the films decides to move, movie goers will get to see 2 mutant creatures go head to head at the box office (oh, excuse me, I forgot that Bay indicated that the Turtles would be alien and not mutant).
Toho Company, the Japanese company that holds the rights to ‘Godzilla’ will be overseeing the project working alongside Legendary and Warner Bros who will be co-producing, co-financing and distributing the film according to its deal with Legendary.
Now that the release date is set, don’t be surprised if casting news will start appearing soon.
So what say you monster fans? ‘Ninja Turtles’ or ‘Godzilla?’ Let the comments begin!