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'Monsters' director lands Godzilla remake

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Lock up your panic-stricken hordes...

Godzilla, stomping back onto the big screen

British director Gareth Edwards is to helm the new entry in the long-running Godzilla franchise, err reboot, err remake. Edwards made a splash in 2010 with his low-budget SF/horror outing Monsters, which dealt with a plague of deadly alien creatures in a Mexican quarantine zone, so he's probably ready to step up the budget for a more substantial creature-feature.

Legendary Pictures are aiming the new version of Godzilla at a 2012 release date, with producing duties falling to Sherlock Holmes' Dan Lin, with Roy Lee and Brian Rogers, and the script by The Expendables' David Callaham. Edwards is expected to also be working on the writing side of the project, which is part of the Legendary financing deal with Warner Bros that has so far brought us the likes of The Dark Knight and The Hangover.

If there was ever a possibility that the new movie might have been a follow-up to the 1998 Roland Emmerich version, that was scotched by the fact that Legendary Pictures brought the rights to the Godzilla character from Japan's Toho Co. rather than any of the invented human characters that surrounded the CGI creature in the 12 year-old movie.

Personally I liked Emmerich's Godzilla. Apart from delivering all the skyscraper-crunching action the franchise demanded, it featured the always-excellent Matthew Broderick, had some of the best 'rainy' atmosphere outside of Blade Runner and Se7en, and set a worthwhile new monster-destroys-New-York template for 2008's Cloverfield.

Variety


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