**Please note** The following article does not (and never did) say that the first two designs below are without a doubt the genuine article. A claim was made and I reported it as such, with various indications that there was doubt in my mind. Now that others have taken up the story and reported it with less skepticism, Avery and I have received rather unfair flak. I thought it was an interesting possibility. Twitchfilm (who took it up on the basis of this article) asked questions. Those troublemakers who are being rude about it all should know that (a) Avery had nothing to do with it — this is my site and I take full responsibility for what’s on it. Avery is my invaluable “news hound” — but note that I did not credit him on this article, and I always credit my sources; (b) I never claimed that I knew it was genuine and in fact expressed doubt; and (c) as Twitchfilm’s Al Young and Todd Brown point out (see their comments here), the fact that these designs were uploaded to Flickr well before the Godzilla remake was officially announced doesn’t prove that they’re not genuine. Negotiations go on for a long time and designers could get started on possible designs long before a deal was struck. So, as I said: maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. Hey, probably it isn’t. I still like the design, whoever did it.
As we all know by now, Legendary Pictures have acquired the rights to do a Godzilla film in the US. It is scheduled for release in 2012. Now some images have surfaced of a design model of Godzilla that is supposed to be the one that Legendary Pictures has sent to Toho for their approval. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t — but it seems credible. Here they are:
If this is really the design of choice, I won’t be unhappy about it.
- Source: GodZillaSaursRex
Addendum: OK, some correspondents are skeptical about the authenticity of this, probably with good reason. So, I thought I’d add some other cool Godzilla re-design sculptures, all of them definitely not put forward as originating from Legendary Pictures. This first, demonic Godzilla is by FritoFrito:
This rather bloody, vicious-looking Godzilla is byD1Ming of Mochiin Designs. It’s the aftermath of the fight between Godzilla and King Kong!
I’m less keen on the next one as a possible Godzilla design (too lizard-like and not heavy enough for my liking, rather like Godzilla ’98), but it’s a cool sculpture. I’m unsure of its origin, but the surname of the artist seems to be McVey.