View Full Version : Will G2012 be Postponed?
March 15th, 2011, 10:27 AM
Due to the recent Earthquake, Tsunami, Volcano, and Nuclear disasters that just took place in Japan, do you think that the project could be pushed back, due to the very sensitive subjects that it will be bringing up? Do you think the renewed focus on the dangers of nuclear energy may actually help the project reach a larger audience? Or will it be entirely unaffected either way?
King Caesar Salad
March 15th, 2011, 12:16 PM
I strongly believe it will indeed be postponed. Release of the movie so close to such a disaster would be in bad taste. They should give it at least 4 years, to avoid protest.
March 15th, 2011, 01:22 PM
I have been thinking about it,and I don't think it'll be postponed,but it will be heavily altered.They might have Godzilla attacking somewhere in North America,and might even change his origins around.
March 15th, 2011, 01:23 PM
Yes this, Cloverfled 2, Pacific Rim and simler films will postponed. there whould be a hell of a blacklash if they don't.
March 15th, 2011, 02:06 PM
I have a feeling that the film was already kind of drifting into a2013 release date as little seems to be prepared up to this point, I imagine they may justify the delay by saying it was the disaster caused it. It might be for the best.
March 15th, 2011, 02:15 PM
Honestly, I really think it depends on where the movie takes place. If Goji is attacking Japan, then yes, by all means the film will be postponed. But this is an American movie, and they can sure as hell change the location. This is hollywood, and they can alter the script however they want.
March 15th, 2011, 03:24 PM
I think Legendary's GODZILLA is so far off that recent tragedies won't have a direct impact on the film's release.
Some fans have been calling the Legendary project "GODZILLA 2012" but the actual press release from March 2010 only states that the film was intended for a 2012 release. The studio was clearly being tentative about the release but some fans are treating it like it was a definitive statement, and that's their mistake.
For some time now I've thought 2012 was extremely unlikely in any case. A year has passed since that press release, and the only major announcement since then is that a director is now attached to the film. There still isn't a final script, or a main cast, or key crew personnel. So active pre-production hasn't even started yet.
Another major factor to consider is release dates. When a studio makes a big budget movie (generally the $150-200+ million range) they have to release it during the times of the year when they're most likely to reach the largest possible audience. Those dates are early May to late July, around the Thanksgiving holiday, and Christmas. There are exceptions, but generally the rest of the year is used for less expensive films that don't need to earn as much to be profitable.
With hundreds of millions of dollars at stake, the studios do not like to release their biggest movies head-to-head or even too close together (putting out a $150 million movie the weekend after THE DARK KNIGHT opened would have been financial suicide). So studios will stake claims to those key dates a year or more in advance so other studios won't also schedule their biggest movies for the same time, and those dates are already booked up for next year...
May 4: AVENGERS
May 18: BATTLESHIP (big budget Universal film)
May 25: MEN IN BLACK 3
June 8: MADAGASCAR 3, PROMETHEUS
June 15: BRAVE (new Pixar movie)
June 29: STAR TREK 2
July 3: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
July 20: DARK KNIGHT RISES
November 2: MONSTERS INC 2
November 9: BOND 23
November 16: TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN PART 2
November 21: 47 RONIN
December 19: THE HOBBIT
Notice GODZILLA is not on that list. So Legendary and Warner Bros would either have to schedule GODZILLA against one of the films already in place (which they most likely will not want to do) or plan for a release in 2013 or later. The latter choice makes much more sense financially, and also allows the studio more time to develop and produce GODZILLA.
Since GODZILLA isn't even scheduled yet I doubt what is happening right now will postpone a movie that's 2 or more years away.
BS Digital Q
March 15th, 2011, 05:40 PM
Personally, I'd rather they try to schedule for 2014, the 60th anniversary year.
March 15th, 2011, 07:18 PM
^In total agreement with this.
Because while I feel that what is currently happening in Japan will have no bearing whatsoever on the American Godzillla film, I do feel that this will effect any plans for a Japanese rebirth anytime in the near future.
I know that back when GFW was released it was said that another Godzilla film wouldn't be made in Japan for atleast a decade, I feel that it may be far longer now, and with good reason.
As to the original question?
No, it won't be. Even after 9/11 in the United States there were no films postponed or altered that might have been considered questionable or offensive. The only major change that took place that I recall was the alteration of an early Spiderman movie teaser that featured the twin towers. Granted however that political correctness is a bit more enforced now than it was back then, so the biggest change I see if there is one is probably what Chubalub mentioned in his last post.
But all that aside, kpa pretty much hit the nail on the head, the film release is starting to look like it will be pushed back. By the time it finally does get released I don't think it will be an issue anymore.
March 16th, 2011, 06:16 AM
Considering that the original movie was made to bring attention to the dangers of atomic radiation, this disaster just makes Godzilla quite topical again. As for evoking past tragedies, remember that the first film portrayed scenes alot of the audience lived through during the American fire-bombing campaigns in WWII. The Japanese have a long history of venting their inner demons on the film screen. Most likely, it will be American sensitivties and this insipid 'see how much we care' PC crap that will be a stumbling block rather than overall Japanese sentiments.
I'm with the majority, though, and think there was already small chance that Godzilla was going to make it for 2012 anyway. There's already too many bloated big films slated for next year.
Zardac the Great
March 16th, 2011, 01:33 PM
Hopefully they will use the "extra time" of pushing it past our expected release date to make it better...but I'm not going to hold my breath.
March 25th, 2011, 01:43 PM
io9 has an interesting article (http://io9.com/#!5784287/searching-for-godzilla) on people's interest in Godzilla in the wake of the Japanese disasters, that's relevant to the idea that people may have a renewed interest in the topic, and also in finding a way to identify with this sort of disaster.
March 27th, 2011, 10:00 AM
That was an incredibly intresting article,thanks for posting that ^^
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