Warner Bros., Legendary set ‘Godzilla’ release date

Pic is due out in theaters May 16, 2014

Special effects juggernaut “Godzilla” will stomp into theaters on May 16, 2014.

Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures made the announcement Thursday night and said Godzilla will return to “its epic roots with a gritty, realistic actioner.”

Gareth Edwards directs from a screenplay by David Callaham, David S. Goyer and Max Borenstein.

Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce, along with Roy Lee, Dan Lin and Brian Rogers. Alex Garcia and Patricia Whitcher will exec produce alongside Doug Davison, Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira.

The 3D film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co.

“Godzilla” will be Edwards’ second film. He wrote and directed low-budget sci-fier “Monsters,” for which he won trophies for best director and best technical achievement last year at the British Independent Film Awards.

Legendary had announced in March, 2011, that it had closed the rights deal for “Godzilla” with Japan’s Toho Co., which has overseen more than 25 “Godzilla” films.

“Godzilla” is part of Legendary’s financing deal with Warner Bros. Legendary’s productions with Warners have included “The Dark Knight Rises,” “300” and “The Hangover.”

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