New Godzilla coming to destroy your town

You can't keep a giant fire-breathing Tokyo-stomping lizard down: News is breaking today that a new American version of Godzilla is being developed by Legendary Pictures, based on Toho's classic monster.

That's the report on Entertainment Weekly (though we are reminded that our pals at Bloody-Disgusting broke this news last summer):

[Legendary], which is behind the upcoming Clash of the Titans, has made it clear it won't be a sequel to the 1998 film that Sony and Roland Emmerich made. (That movie starring Matthew Broderick grossed close to $400 million worldwide.) Rather, it will be a re-imagining of the original Godzilla movies. Legendary has plans to announce a director for the film soon.

Good news, if they are serious about being faithful to the original Japanese movies, which were thinly veiled allegories about the horror of nuclear weapons (see original trailer, below) and not the god-awful Emmerich movie (remember those giant outdoor ads saying "Size Matters"?).

The new Godzilla will rampage through a city near you in 2012.

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