Gareth Edwards came to international attention with his low budget sci-fi thriller Monsters, which led – pretty danged quickly – to the announcement that he was going to direct a new American remake of Gojira, aka Godzilla, for Legendary Pictures. That was January 2011. Now, almost two years later, we finally have a release date, courtesy of Warner Bros. and Legendary (via Coming Soon): May 16, 2014.
So you might want to get comfortable. Take a load off. Nuke a hot pocket. Finally get around to watching "The Wire" like everyone says you're supposed to. Because you've got a long-ass wait on your hands. Edwards' remake has been written by David Goyer (Batman Begins), David Callaham (The Expendables) and Max Borenstein (the upcoming supernatural thriller The Seventh Son). Casting has not yet commenced.
Godzilla (a name derived from an American mispronounciation of the Japanese title, Gojira, a compound word comprised of both "gorilla" and "whale"), rose to prominence almost immediately after the original film's release in 1954. The giant monster, born from nuclear testing, was widely seen as a metaphor for the devastation of the nuclear bombings in Japan during World War II, but gradually evolved into the hero, often anti-hero, of dozens of feature films that depicted the creature fighting a series of even greater threats (and an electrified King Kong, and Ferris Bueller), and popularizing the kaiju genre (translation: "strange beast") worldwide.
The previous attempt to turn the monster into a major American franchise, Roland Emmerich's 1998 remake Godzilla, was a critical disaster and only a mild box office success that won two Razzie Awards (for Worst Supporting Actress and Worst Remake), in addition to three other nominations for Worst Picture, Worst Director and Worst Screenplay. It lost those awards to Gus Van Sant (Worst Director for Psycho) and An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn, a film which – mercifully – Hollywood hasn't tried to remake yet.
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