Warner Bros. Sets <i>Godzilla</i> Date

Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures will unleash Godzilla upon theaters May 16, 2014, returning "the character to its epic roots with a gritty, realistic actioner." The film is expected to be released in 3D.

Directed by Gareth Edwards, the British filmmaker behind the 2010 micro-budget science fiction sensation Monsters, the franchise reboot was teased this summer at Comic-Con International, where an early trailer received an enthusiastic response from fans. Max Borenstein (The Last Apprentice) wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay, following David Callaham (The Expendables) and David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight Rises).

“We’re just going to take it really seriously,” Edwards told the Comic-Con audience in July. “I’ve wanted to see this movie this way all my life. Imagine if this really happened – as crazy as it sounds – what would it really be like? There’s nothing sci-fi about this movie – it’s very grounded, realistic.”

The Legendary reboot will be the first Godzilla movie since 2004′s Godzilla: Final Wars, and the first English-language take on the city-stomping reptile since Roland Emmerich’s universally panned 1998 film.

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