It's going to be a couple of big years for giant monster movies at Warner Brothers. The company, which has also been tied to an array of Japanese pop culture in plans for adaptations of properties from sci-fi novel All You Need is Kill to manga Bleach, is inking plans for a pair of movies inspired by Japan's kaiju cinema.
First up is Hellboy director Guillermo del Toro's mecha versus monster invaders Pacific Rim, scheduled for July 12, 2013. The latest on that project is that while del Toro said he was resistant to converting the film to 3D because of the scale and size of the feature's creatures, Variety is now reporting that Warner Bros. has strong-armed the director into converting the movie to 3D. The rationale is that the 3D upcharge -- especially overseas, more than makes up for the cost.
The conversion is not expected to delay the movie's release.
Pacific Rim stars Edris Elba, Charlie Day, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, Clifton Collins and Rob Kazinsky.
Variety is also reporting that Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures announced that their new Godzilla movie has been scheduled to premiere May 16, 2014. During the announcement, they promised their Godzilla will return to "its epic roots with a gritty, realistic actioner."
The new Hollywood Godzilla will be directed by Gareth Edwards, who previously wrote, directed and created visual effects for 2010 indie kaiju/road trip movie Monsters.
"We're going to take it seriously. If this really hapened, what would it be like? It's very grounded [and] realistic."
“There is nothing sci-fi about this movie,” Edwards said. "If this really happened, what would this be like?"
Legendary's Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce, along with Roy Lee, Dan Lin and Brian Rogers. Alex Garcia and Patricia Whitcher will exec produce alongside Doug Davison, Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira. The 3D film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co.