Before I tell you anything about Legendary Pictures' plans to make a new GODZILLA movie for 2012, I want to say that, even ten years after the term’s been coined, “re-imagining” has to be one of the most ridiculous examples of double-speak in the English language. I’m not knocking the film one bit - - it could be sense-shattering sensational - - but can we call it what it is? The same way that a “pre-owned vehicle” is still a used car, a re-imagining is still the same as a remake. Sure, the crew might have taken the concept in a completely different direction and put a lot of their own imagination into it. Then it’s what you call a loose remake.
Anyway, I bring that up because Legendary has announced their plans to give the giant atomic lizard another shot at big screen urban destruction. There’s really not much else to be said about that, aside from the fact that there’s apparently going to be a simultaneous Japanese revival that’ll include 40-minute 3D Imax movie. Audiences will feel like they, themselves, are getting crushed under a big scalely foot.
It’s been about 12 years since that awful American version which, despite critics and audiences’ dislike, managed to gross something around $400 million worldwide. That flick’s landed in my select category of “bad movie, good theme song” along with flicks like WILD WILD WEST, as Diddy sampling Led Zepplin while having a dance-off with the big lizard will always appeal to me. Even though Legendary asserts this will have no relation to the ’98 movie, I’m sure this remake’s going to have its own torrent of media tie-ins, from comic adaptations to video games to big slurpee cups.
I suppose the only question now, goes to you, the radioactively-mutated Comic Vine community. Would you prefer to well-rendered CGI Godzilla or man-in-rubber-suit Godzilla for this? Would you hope for an eventual crossover with CLOVERFIELD, perhaps? And how many of you would ACTUALLY want to see Godzookey in this?
-- Tom Pinchuk is the writer of UNIMAGINABLE for Arcana Comics and HYBRID BASTARDS! for Archaia. Watch out for the HYBRID BASTARDS! hardcover collection this April - - available for pre-order now on Amazon.com.