Legendary Pictures, which has produced such epic films as Clash of the Titans, Watchmen and The Dark Knight, is setting its sights on a new Godzilla movie, to be developed for a 2012 release. That's kind of ironic, seeing as how 2012 director Roland Emmerich followed up his 1996 hit Independence Day with a big budget reinvention of Godzilla in 1998.
Legendary will produce the film through their deal with Warner Bros. Pictures. An official press release has been published, which details the involvement of Legendary, Warner Bros., and Godzilla originator, Toho Co, LTD:
Thomas Tull, Chairman and CEO of Legendary:
"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."
Hideyuki Takai, President of Toho Co., Ltd.:
"Godzilla is a signature Japanese character which we have nurtured over the years. It is a great honor to reach an agreement with Legendary Pictures, the parent to many a blockbuster film, and we are delighted in rebooting the character together to realize its much anticipated return by fans from all over the world. We are anxious to find out where Godzilla's new stomping will take us."
Jeff Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Group:
"Godzilla is emblematic of the kind of branded, event films for which Warner Bros. and our partners at Legendary are best known. We have enjoyed a great deal of success together to date and this newest opportunity represents yet another chance for us to collaborate on a property that is very clearly in their wheelhouse."