"Godzilla" Reboot in the Works From "The Dark Knight" Studios  

Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures, the partnership that gave us "Batman Begins," "The Dark Knight," "Superman Returns," "The Hangover," and the remake of "Clash of the Titans" opening Friday want to add our favorite fire-breathing giant lizard "Godzilla" to their growing number of franchises.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Legendary has acquired the rights to develop and produce a new feature based on the iconic Toho Co. character. Warner Bros. will co-produce, co-finance and distribute through its deal with Legendary.

The last time "Godzilla" stomped onto the big-screen was the horrible 1998 film from Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin. In order to erase that film from our memories, Toho produced "Godzilla 2000" the following year to no avail.

So why did Legendary purchased the rights to "Godzilla?" Here's the company's chairman and CEO, Thomas Tull:

"Godzilla is one of the world's most powerful pop culture icons, and we at Legendary are thrilled to be able to create a modern epic based on this long-loved Toho franchise...Our plans are to produce the Godzilla that we, as fans, would want to see. We intend to do justice to those essential elements that have allowed this character to remain as pop culturally relevant for as long as it has."

In other words, we'll all pretend that the Emmerich-Devlin craptacular flick never happened. Right now, no word yet on who's starring, directing, or writing, but WB and Legendary want the new "Godzilla" to breathe box-office fire in 2012. Stay tuned...

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