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Criterion Collection Acquires Rights to Classic Godzilla Films

Godzilla-Movies.com has confirmed that Janus Films/The Criterion Collection has recently acquired the rights to fourteen classic Godzilla films for broadcast on Starz and possible release under the Criterion brand.

Criterion’s Jon Mulvaney told the website that “It’s true! Janus Films and the Criterion Collection have the rights to these Godzilla films and Starz is licensing them from us. We hope to make them available on other platforms in the future. Please stay tuned!”  Hopefully the reference to “other platforms” also includes the popular Criterion Collection blu-ray series, as many of these films have never been remastered or made available in any format for over a decade. read more

Trailer drops for “Godzilla: Monster Planet”

While my knowledge of anime is highly limited, my love for Godzilla is not, so you can bet your buns I was pretty psyched to find out that the anime arm of Toho Co., Ltd. (who created the legendary king of monsters) is releasing an anime film later this year titled Godzilla: Monster Planet.

The film takes place years into the future in a world run by monsters. The humans must attempt to take Earth back from the ruling creatures which includes the beloved Godzilla; I’m guessing that this will be no easy feat. read more

Rest in Peace: Original ‘Godzilla’ Suit Actor Haruo Nakajima Dead at 88

We here at Horror News Network are saddened to report that Haruo Nakajima, the talented actor who portrayed the legendary Godzilla in every film from the original 1954 classic to 1972’s Godzilla vs. Gigan, has passed away at the age of 88. Nakajima’s other monster roles included Toho, Mothra, and even King Kong in 1967’s King Kong Escapes. Before his big break into famous monster characters, Nakajima performed in small roles in Japanese samurai and war films. He even played the part of a bandit in Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. read more

“Godzilla vs. Kong” Lands Horror Director Adam Wingard

Horror fans rejoice as we get a win for the good guy: Deadline has announced that Adam Wingard has been tapped to direct the next collaboration between Warner Brothers and Legendary Entertainment: Godzilla vs. Kong. Horror fans are definitely familiar with Wingard’s works which include You’re Next, V/H/S and A Horrible Way to Die.

The “MosterVerse” collaboration, as it has been called, kicked off with 2014’s Godzilla and was followed by the huge Kong: Skull Island earlier this year. Next up will be Godzilla: King of the Monsters in 2019 followed by Wingard’s Godzilla vs. Kong in May of 2020. Godzilla: King of Monsters is currently in production and stars Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga and Millie Bobby Brown. read more

Godzilla Anime Film Will Debut on Netflix in 2017

According to the Anime News Network, an animated Godzilla film is being produced by Toho Studios and Polygon Pictures for a late 2017 debut on Netflix.

The film (which marks the first time that Godzilla has appeared in an anime film) is directed by Kubon Shizuno (Detective Conan: the Darkest Nightmare) and Hiroyuki Seshita (Knights of Sidonia).

The concept art appears futuristic and may transport the “thunder lizard” to an untraditional setting.

No date for the film’s release has been announced at this time, but more information should be provided soon, as “The film will have a stage event at AnimeJapan 2017 on Sunday, March 26. The six main voice actors will appear at the event.” read more

Kong Reigns at Box Office; Get Out Continues to Roll

Kong: Skull Island was crowned box office champ this weekend with an estimated $61 million dollars over the March 10th-12th frame.

The total is a strong one for March, and would have been higher if not for the strong competition from last week’s winner Logan (which is currently over $152 million dollars after two weeks of release) and the critically acclaimed Get Out.   Logan made $37,850,00 in second place and Get Out came in third with a total of $21,072,600 in its third week of release.  Get Out also added 205 screens this weekend, quite a feat when you consider how many new releases are scheduled for March this year (and the success of the film probably accounts for the Belko Experiment’s recent screen count drop a week away from its debut to only 1,200 screens.)  At this rate, Get Out is almost certain to unseat Split as the number one horror hit of the year so far, with a current gross of $111 million and counting. read more

Vera Farmiga Cast as Millie Bobby Brown’s Mother in Godzilla: King of Monsters

The news surrounding the production of Godzilla: King of Monsters keeps getting better and better for horror fans. First, we learned that Michael Dougherty (the writer/director of Trick ‘r Treat and Krampus) would be co-writing (along with collaborator Zach Shields) and directing the project. Then we learned that Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown was cast in the film, hot off her tremendous success with the popular Netflix project. Today, The Hollywood Reporter, um, reports that Vera Farmiga will be playing Brown’s mother in the film! read more

New Japanese Kong: Skull Island Poster is a Real Monster Mash

With less than a month away from the release of Kong: Skull Island, a number of alternate posters have been released for the film.  Along with the Apocalypse Now inspired poster, the Japanese poster for the return of King Kong has many fans calling friends and relatives overseas to locate one.

The poster is a monster mash of characters and colors and features a Dino De Laurentiis-like Kong in the center, surrounded by helicopters, a bark beetle, skull crawlers, and a number of natives and soldiers. The poster bears more than a passing resemblance to classic ToHo Studios’ Godzilla posters, which were well known for fitting as much action and monsters as humanly possible on a 24″ x 36″ print. read more

Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown to Star in Godzilla: King of Monsters

Last week we reported that Legendary Pictures’ sequel to their Godzilla film would be directed by horror favorite Michael Dougherty. The news dropped after he had been writing the project over the past couple of months with his longtime collaborator, Zach Shields. The good news continues with today’s announcement that Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown will star in the film! The official title for the movie is Godzilla: King of Monsters.

Brown has had an exceptional year with her breakout role as Eleven on the show. This new announcement comes after her receiving both People’s Choice and Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for her work in Stranger Things. Given her critical and popular success at such a young age, her starring role in this hotly anticipated sequel will only heighten her to new levels of stardom. read more

Shin Godzilla Finishes Second in Yearly Japanese Box Office

With the announcement of Godzilla 2’s director being named this week (Michael Dougherty),the upcoming release of Kong: Skull Island in early March, and an upcoming Rampage film in the works,  it is clear that people all over the world still get excited about giant monsters.

The homeland of the “King of Monsters” is no different as Shin Godzilla finished second in overall box office returns for 2016 in Japan.  Shin Godzilla (also known as Godzilla Resurgence) finished second only to Anime sensation Your Name in terms of ticket sales, ending with $75,398,709 at the Japanese box office.  It was also the highest grossing Godzilla film in the history of the character in Japan. read more