Legendary's 'Godzilla' to Receive Japanese Governmental Award

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The studio's reboot has launched a franchise around the iconic monster

Legendary Pictures will receive an award from the Japanese government for its rebooted Godzilla.

The 2nd annual Japan Cool Content Contribution award for producing will be presented to the studio by the Japan External Trade Organization, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Los Angeles Consulate General of Japan. Legendary executive vp production and Godzilla producer Alex Garcia will accept on Legendary's behalf in a ceremony Sept. 13 at the Consulate General's residence.

The J3C awards are part of the Japanese government's "Cool Japan" initiative, established by prime minister Shinzo Abe to increase the globalization of Japan's creative business. They recognize creatives who popularize Japanese media for worldwide audiences.

The Gareth Edwards-directed Godzilla relaunched the Japanese monster franchise, earning $507.7 million worldwide. In Japan, it won its opening weekend with $6.7 million, and it has grossed $20.1 million in the country to date. It stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and was produced by Legendary's Thomas Tull.

Its second installment was just given a June 8, 2018, release date. Edwards will direct after he helms a Star Wars spinoff scheduled for Dec. 16, 2016.

Legendary will receive the J3C honor alongside Doug Liman, who will be presented the J3C award in directing. Liman's Edge of Tomorrow was adapted from Hiroshi Sakurazaka's novel All You Need Is Kill and has grossed $363.5 million worldwide.

The J3C award in acting has yet to be announced.

The recipients of last year's awards were were Guillermo Del Toro, Tim Kring, John Lasseter, producer Don Murphy (Transformers), and producer Vicki Shigekuni Wong (Hachi: A Dog's Tale). 

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