An epic rebirth to Toho’s iconic Godzilla, this spectacular adventure, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, pits the world’s most famous monster against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures is slated to open May 16th 2014 and not only in 2D but 3D and IMAX at selected theaters. Holy mother of Zilla, this will be Epic. After the release of 2004’s Godzilla: Final Wars, marking the 50th anniversary of the Godzilla film franchise, Toho announced that it would not produce any films featuring the Godzilla character for ten years.
In August 2004, Yoshimitsu Banno, who had directed 1971’s Godzilla vs. Hedorah , announced that he had secured the rights from Toho to make a Godzilla IMAX 3D short film at his Advanced Audiovisual Productions (AAP) production company. The film was tentatively titled Godzilla 3D to the Max, and was to be a remake of the Godzilla vs. Hedorah story. In 2005, Banno and producer Kenji Okuhira added American Peter Anderson, ASC 3-D as the cinematographer, visual effects supervisor and as a co-producer on the project. In 2007 through Anderson, American producer Brian Rogers was introduced to Okuhira and Banno and he was added to the project. In 2007, also through Anderson, Kerner Optical then came on board to develop the technology and to produce the 3-D film. And with Kerner’s backing, in the Fall of 2007 the team met with Toho in Tokyo where they re-negotiated this production to then be released as a feature-length 3-D theatrical production.
In 2008, with Kerner facing financial troubles, Rogers, Anderson and the then-proposed director Keith Melton met with Legendary Pictures where the production was pitched as a 3-D theatrical film. In 2009, it was “green-lighted” by Legendary to go to production. From the AAP production team, Banno and Okuhira would remain on the project as executive producers and Rogers as a producer.
I can remember when this was all being rumored that the producers wanted to get this right for the FANS!
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