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Legendary Pictures Announces Godzilla Remake For 2012


Even with a heavily hyped marketing campaign that featured the tagline “Size Matters,” and all the usual merchandise and fast food tie-ins, Godzilla was a box office dud when it was released in 1998; eclipsed at the multiplex by hits like Saving Private Ryan and There’s Something About Mary. Costing upwards of $200M, it only grossed $136M during its theatrical release. Like the more recent misguided Wolfman remake it was seen as a missed opportunity of a blockbuster that had franchise potential. Now, twelve years later, Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. have announced plans to resurrect Godzilla in another big screen blockbuster. This time they say they want to get it right. Legendary Pictures chairman and CEO Thomas Tull said:

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.

The movie will be released in 2012 and even if it’s not a huge improvement from the last one, the advances in CGI technology should at least mean that the filmmakers will be able to show Godzilla in all its glory. The 1998 version (as the clip below demonstrates) seemed unusually focused on the creature’s feet.


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