After an eight year hiatus, it looks like things are finally beginning to brew for Godzilla’s return, as it’s been announced that we’ll be getting a new film on May 16, 2014 (Just in time for the 60th Anniversary!). Unlike the last American produced Godzilla film, directed by Roland Emmerich, this new iteration of the franchise is seeing some heavy involvement on Toho Inc.’s part with executive producers Yoshimitsu Bano and Kenji Okuhira on board. However, despite Toho’s involvement, I can’t help but think this is really just another Hollywood production, and that the final product will be nothing like the traditional Japanese film we’re used to seeing in every installment of the franchise.
The script is being handled by David S. Goyer, which is a good thing, I suppose, but then there’s also David Callaham, the genius who brought us hits like DOOM and The Expendables. Max Borenstein has also been reported to be part of the project. Gareth Edwards (Monsters) is slated to direct the picture.
It’s difficult to tell what’s going to become of the project at this point, even though Warner and Legendary are claiming that this Godzilla will be a “return . . . to its epic roots with a gritty, realistic actioner”. No word on casting yet, of course, as the project’s in its early stages. But I would really appreciate it if Warner Bros gunned for at least one Japanese leading role. Joe Odagiri, please? Maybe Ken Watanabe?