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Thursday, April 2, 2015

New Japanese Godzilla Movie in 2016!

We've known for awhile that Toho, the Japanese studio that created the iconic Godzilla series is planning a revival of the King of the Monsters. This all comes in the wake of the hugely successful Legendary Pictures "Godzilla" by director Gareth Edwards. Godzilla earned $525 million worldwide and $26 million in Japan. Edwards is already signed to direct Godzilla 2 for 2018, but Japan isn't going to wait that long. With renewed interest in Godzilla, Toho feels it's time to bring an all new Japanese Godzilla to the world. 

The new film is scheduled for a 2016 release and recently Toho announced the project will be co-directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi. Anno is famous in Japan for creating the Neon Genesis: Evangelion anime series and directed the recent Evangelion movies that are a re-telling of the stories. Higuchi's work should be well-known to kaiju fans as he was special effects director the Gamera trilogy of the 1990s directed by Shunske Kaneko. Higushi has gain more attention in recently as he is helming the live-action adaptation of Attack on Titan manga and anime.


Anno and Higuchi have been long time friends and recently collaborated on the impressive short film, Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo. It is set in modern day and is a kind of prequel to the famous Animated feature Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind and tries to show the origin of the giant warrior "men" that destroy the world. Watching it, one can't help but think that the two men were making a resume for a future Godzilla film. Some destruction sequences are obvious re-enactments from old Godzilla movies and astute fans will even recognize specific sound effects pulled directly from the old Showa series. Anno and Higuchi's backgrounds make them perfectly suited to take up the mantle for a new Godzilla in 2016. Along with the announcement was an image of Godzilla's foot with a never before scene 5th toe. In addition, Toho said Godzilla 2016 will break 2014's size record of 108 meters(354 feet). Making him the biggest Godzilla of all time!. We'll soon see two Godzilla franchises running at the same time on both sides of the Pacific...(joygasm)

Follow the link to watch the short film, Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo

2 comments:

  1. Upcoming sequel to the popular Godzilla anthology film series he is the heroic gigantic fire breathing thunder lizard & self proclaimed & undisputed king of the monsters returns to the big screen once again soon to be filming by early fall 2015 & upcoming science fiction kaiju fantasy film by early summer of 2016 next year by Sony Pictures coming soon. Thanks for the information. From:Wayne. www.sonypictures.com

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  2. Godzilla he is the hero/villain & undisputed king of the monsters in popular culture in comics/manga animated cartoons/anime television series films action figures dolls & media in entertainment history from Japan. Thanks for the information. From :Wayne. www.sonypictures.com

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