Is This Our First Glimpse of the New GODZILLA?

     May 6, 2010

It’s not much to go on, but we may have our very first glimpse of what Godzilla will look like in the upcoming reboot.  Despite the relative failure of Roland Emmerich’s 1998 Godzilla, there’s a lot of money to be made off the monster movie franchise.  Sure enough, Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. will try their hand at breaking off a piece of that Kit Kat bar with a recently announced Godzilla flick in development for a 2012 release.

Twitch discovered an image on Flickr of a bust accompanied by the following: “I was told by a good friend in the movie biz that this was one of the designs they were considering for the new 3D Godzilla!”  The design is interesting (very angular), and I could see that face being very scary when embiggened on screen.  It’s still completely unconfirmed that this model has anything to with the project, but feel free to check out the full image for yourself after the jump. [UPDATE: Bloody-Digusting says this is NOT from the Godzilla remake.]

In case you missed it the first time around, here’s the official press release:


Burbank, CA – March 29, 2010 – Legendary Pictures announced today that they will develop and produce a new film based on Toho Company’s famed GODZILLA character. Through the terms of the agreement, Legendary Pictures has acquired the rights to produce a movie inspired by Toho’s Godzilla, a franchise the Japanese company created and has nurtured for over fifty years.

Toho’s GODZILLA franchise boasts one of the most widely recognized film creatures worldwide, resulting in a series of books, television programs, video games and more than 25 films worldwide. Legendary intends to approach the film and its characters in the most authentic manner possible. The company will, in the near future, announce a filmmaker to helm the film for an intended 2012 release. The film will fall under the company’s co-production and co-financing deal with Warner Bros. Toho will distribute the film in Japan.

“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,” said Thomas Tull, Chairman and CEO of Legendary. “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.”

“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,” comments Hideyuki Takai, President of Toho Co., Ltd. “We are anxious to find out where Godzilla’s new stomping will take us.”

“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,” said Jeff Robinov, President, Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

In addition to Legendary, producers on the new film will be Dan Lin, Roy Lee and Brian Rogers. Yoshimitsu Banno, Kenji Okuhira and Doug Davison will Executive Produce.

*About Legendary Pictures *

Founded in 2004, Legendary Pictures owns, produces and delivers, on a global basis, some of the world’s most popular intellectual property to the powerful fandom psychographic as well as broader audiences. With partner Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures’ productions include such global blockbusters as The Dark Knight ($1 billion worldwide), ‘300′ ($456 million worldwide) and The Hangover ($467 million worldwide). The company has established itself as a trusted brand which consistently delivers high-quality, commercial entertainment. Among the projects that Legendary is currently developing is an adaptation of the phenomenally successful interactive game universe Warcraft; to be directed by Sam Raimi (Spiderman). Through complete or joint ownership, Legendary is building a library of marquee entertainment properties.

*About Toho Company, Ltd.*

Founded in 1932 and headquartered in Tokyo, Toho Company, Ltd. is one of the leading entertainment conglomerates in Japan. Toho is best known worldwide as the producer of twenty-eight Godzilla motion pictures, based upon a character the company unleashed on the world back in 1954, and masterpiece films directed by Akira Kurosawa. Toho has been the number one distributor of motion pictures in Japan (both domestic and foreign) for seven consecutive years since 2003. The company is also, throughout Japan, the leading producer of theatrical works and one of the largest owners of office buildings and theaters.

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  • John

    That i don't think is the final Model for the Upcoming Godzilla movie, Even if it was though that's still pretty awesome. You can def tell it's Godzilla unlike Roland Emmerich's piece of shit movie.

    Can't wait to see Godzilla in 2012!

  • zillabeast

    Well, as a lifelong Godzilla diehard, and I mean diehard (think of the hardest of the hardocre Trekkie types…which I am as well) I approve of this potential redesign! Stays faithful to the original, and yet progressive at the same time.

    To be honest, it feels like an evolution of the Millenium design introduced in GODZILLA 2000. The longer I look at those images, the more they grow on me.

    Still, the thought of a new American Godzilla film just terrifies me. I cannot even begin to express how heartbroken I was at the first screening of the 1998 film. Not sure I can endrue that again.

  • Celo

    I am sorry, but this Godzilla still resembles the American Godzilla just a bit to much! If this one is selected I think many Godzilla fans like myself just may wait until the film comes out on an earlier than expected DVD release.

  • peter skillen

    The only way a new godzilla movie will work is if it is set in the 50's that way you can get around modern tech killing him dead asap and also tracking him etc.. I have a script ready if you want it!

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  • Jay

    This rendition of Godzilla looks the part, scary,devilish, up to no good.( FANTASTIC) With todays technology as seen in other recent and soon to come science fiction films this has immense potential . The story line , characters and music all have an equal priority. (Please none of that outrageously corny music from Final wars) This is also along the theme of a horror movie /action , dramma ,/ cult. I'm a true G fan . HAVE BEEN AND WILL BE FOR A VERY LONG TIME. Please give this the effort to make this a lasting impression that's a cut above the rest . He is after all The King Of All Monsters!

  • Ansgar

    It’s not godzilla…… Its neat I guess, would make a great Godzilla villian but it’s not Godzilla.

  • Mark_byrd_72

    I think it would be better if they didnt make the details so spikey, and the head is over the top. We need the classic ruggid scaley godzilla, not covered in the spines meant for his back.

  • thermospher

    I was born in 1970, and my uncle raised me on Godzilla and Bruce Lee movies. I think I have all of the Godzilla Movies. Both of my kids love Godzilla. I think Godzilla when overcomming anything hard to do. Ansgar you got it right!. We shall see. Godzilla, The Hulk and Conan.

  • louzilla

    I think it looks really cool, but I think it would be better as a monster for Godzilla to fight instead of it actually being Godzilla.

  • Benn

    I really don’t get why so many people want the exact same old Godzilla. I mean for God’s sake people, I want to see something that doesn’t look like something you would find at the nearest costume store with a chinese tag hanging on it’s tail. Give it some quality CGI without neglecting the plot, acting and specially not the charismatic power of the big lizard and any reasonable fan will love it.
    Now about the designs, I do like it but something about it keeps reminding me of Spynosaurus (the big guy at Jurassic Park 3), maybe it’s intentional, maybe not. But we’ll have to wait and see