This next year looks to be quite the epic one for Legendary Pictures. The Dark Knight Rises kicks off a slate of films for the production company that include Man of Steel, Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim, adaptation The Seventh Son, and even somewhat-prequel 300: Battle of Artemisia. With so many high profile projects, of course the company will be at Comic-Con to promote at least a good chunk of them. Now, however, it seems they have one surprise left for fans who are eagerly awaiting the return of one iconic city destroyer.
Latino-Review exclusively reports that Legendary Pictures is planning to unveil the first details of Godzilla at their Comic-Con panel in San Diego as a surprise for guests. They say that “Godzilla will stomp both the audio and video systems within Hall H”, but while this sounds like a strong confirmation it’s still simply rumor for now.
The Godzilla big-screen return was put into motion last year with Monsters director Gareth Edwards at the helm. Edwards is still set to direct the film, but the story from David Goyer is currently under a full script treatment from Max Borenstein. With all the special effects and camera yet to begin rolling, it seems like production is possibly aiming to start early next year for a 2014 release (possibly a summer one, given all of the special effects work that will likely go into play). If Godzilladoes show up at Comic-Con, it’s likely to be a declaration the pre-production is beginning.
Godzilla hasn’t been seen on American shores since the 1998 blockbuster that grossed $375 million worldwide, but was met with incredibly negative reviews from critics and fans alike. Sony created an animated series spin-off of the monster, and while the option for a sequel stayed possible the studio’s rights were released in 2003. Legendary Pictures began to plan Godzilla in 2009, acquiring the rights and announcing the film one year later, while the first announcement of the reboot came at Comic-Con in 2010. Since late last year, no major involvements have been reached, but with some time since an update its likely the film is poising itself for production.
Stay tuned for the latest news coming out of the Con as we bring you the latest stories and pictures straight from the convention floor in the next few weeks.