Sony sews ‘Godzilla’ rights

Pic breaking b.o. numbers in Japan

Sony Pictures has acquired domestic distribution rights to “Godzilla 2000: Millennium” from Toho, the Japanese owner of 23 Godzilla films.

Pic premiered at last month’s Tokyo Intl. Film Festival, and recently opened to record-breaking box office numbers in Japan. In his latest big-screen appearance, the giant reptile battles a life form from outer space that is awakened from a 6,000-year slumber in the Japan trench.

Since the early ’90s, Sony has acquired five of Toho’s Godzilla films. “Godzilla 2000: Millennium” will be the first to have a theatrical release, slated for this summer. The distribution deal also includes North and South American video and television rights.

“Godzilla 2000: Millennium” should not be mistaken for the still-to-come sequel to 1998’s “Godzilla,” from Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich’s Sony-based Centropolis Entertainment.

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