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Toho in Japan Working On Their Own New 'Godzilla' Movie for 2016

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December 7, 2014
Source: Variety

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Gojira!! He's back! Oh wait, we already knew that. After Legendary Pictures released their impressive new Godzilla movie this summer to much success (what did you think of it?), the original company that started it all – Toho Co., Ltd. from Tokyo, Japan – is getting ready to bring back the giant radioactive lizard in their own new movie. Variety/THR reports that Toho has announced their new Godzilla will begin shooting next summer, for release sometime in 2016, though details are limited so far. The last Godzilla movie that Toho made was Godzilla: Final Wars in 2004 for the monster's 50th anniversary, Toho's 29th Godzilla film.

While there is no director or cast attached yet, Toho plans to go all out bringing back Godzilla, however with a limited budget. The studio has launched the Godzilla Strategic Conference, or "Godzi-Con", a group of studio executives and directors whose focus is to reboot the Godzilla brand starting with this new movie. "The time has come for Japan to make a film that will not [be lost] to Hollywood," stated veteran producer Taichi Ueda, confirming that their own budget will be much less than the (reported) $200 million to make Gareth Edwards' Godzilla released earlier this year (also in partnership with Toho). Toho hopes to make Godzilla a character that "will represent Japan and be loved around the world" by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The famous, beloved monster Godzilla has appeared in 29 of Toho's films ever since his first appearance in Ishirô Honda's Gojira in 1954. Ryuhei Kitamura's Godzilla: Final Wars from 2004 fared poorly at box office and was generally considered their last Godzilla movie, but the sense is it's time to bring back the character in a big way. Another interesting quote: "This is very good timing after the success of the American version this year: if not now, then when? The licensing contract we have with Legendary places no restrictions on us making domestic versions," a Toho employee told THR. So, why not? At least it's Toho watching over this.

As for the rebooted Godzilla franchise here in the US, Gareth Edwards is attached to direct the sequel to his Hollywood Godzilla movie. And Legendary has already confirmed that we'll be seeing Rodan, Mothra and Ghidorah in that one. Godzilla, and all his enemies too, are reawakening from their slumber. Good news?

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  • DAVIDPD
    LOL...Toho!!! I know you want to keep this creature feature Japanese, but please let us keep playing with your beast a little longer before rolling out a new version.
    • Brian Sleider
      Naw, they can have it back, America has no idea how to produce a good Godzilla movie. Hint, Godzilla should be in it for more than 5 min.
      • James Arapostathis
        Um he was in the 2014 movie for more than 10 minutes and most Toho Godzilla movies don't feature much screen time for the big guy. The original movie had even less screen time for the monster than the 2014 movie. I admit I myself would have liked to see him a bit more too and I hope the sequel does give the monsters more screen time but the screen time for the monster in the 2014 feature was mostly adequate. Though I didn't care for how it under used Brian Cranston
        • Brian Sleider
          Toho Movies have WAY more Godzilla. And its not disjointed shots cut between a stupid human plot no one cares about. Its long single frame shots of the monster action.
          • James Arapostathis
            Um no they don't. Please actually look into how much screen time. Many feature nothing but human for the first half before Godzilla shows up. The new movie was no different just a bit more ackward in its cutaways
          • Scopedog
            Agreed. I never got this bulls**t argument about how the Big G was only on-screen for 10 minutes (what, they had a damned stopwatch working or something?). The majority of Godzilla films--including the original GOJIRA--have a great deal of time dedicated to the human stories. I liked the 2014 Godzilla--and yes, if people didn't like it, fine by me, but they could at least stop with the "10 minutes" codswallop.
          • Brian Sleider
            Um yeh they do, I have seen every Godzilla. The end fights have more screen time than his whole appearance in the 2014.
          • James Arapostathis
            Wrong and ignorant. Godzilla actually has a minute less screen time in the original movie than he does in the 2014 movie
          • Brian Sleider
            Counting all that fin and tail seconds right?
  • Bill
    More Godzilla... as long as it's serious and not cute, I'm happy.
  • OfficialJab
    Rubber suit pls
  • DJROBL
    Godzuki please :0p
    • Dan Hibiki
      but isn't the modern Toho Godzila an adult Godzuki?
  • Avi
    it is always better than the last one who hit the cinemas last year! biggest disapointment of 2014!
  • Chris Groves
    G2014 was one of the most under-rated movies from this year. I like the idea of a Toho series and a WB series running parallel to one another. I guess there was a potential for that back when Sony first made their film...but they ended up never making sequels. This should be fun.
    • Brian Sleider
      Its not under-rated at all, its a terrible Godzilla Movie.
      • Chris Groves
        As a lifelong Godzilla fan, someone who can't remember a time where I didn't know what Godzilla was, I respectfully disagree. It was a great Godzilla movie.
        • Brian Sleider
          You are welcome to your opinion of course. But calling it under rated is not accurate. Its rated right where it should be. Acting- average at best. Story- cliche and predictable Its filled with holes and non-senseical plot points. Its is a mediocre movie and its rated as such.
          • Chris Groves
            You have to realize the hypocrisy you are putting forth. "You are welcome to your opinion, but here are all of my opinions of the film presented as facts." Just as easily as you do that. I can say: You are welcome to your opinion, but your criticisms are not accurate. It is a great movie. And then I could mention the fact that I have a gifted level IQ, so I'm more capable of recognizing quality where others can't.
          • Brian Sleider
            Rating back up my opinions, not yours. I would think with a (lol) gifted lvl IQ you would understand that.
          • Chris Groves
            Which is exactly why the film is under-rated. It has a rating lower than it deserves. It's unfortunate, but you're the one who doesn't understand. Throwing out "lol" only proves my point.
          • Brian Sleider
            Oh I get it, you think the movie should be rated higher. There is a reason it isnt, which is what you, and your gifted IQ cannot seem to grasp.
          • Chris Groves
            Nope, I KNOW it should be rated higher.
    • bumboclot
      You are correct. As a Godzilla fan as well, I really enjoyed the 2014 version. Maybe people want the monster to recite Shakespeare or teach us about climate change, but to hell with all that, Godzilla came out of the ocean and kicked ass! That's all he's supposed to do.
  • John Doe
    Hmm, can't say I'm that surprised.
  • Boiler Bro Joe
    Some of us need some sushi to cleanse our palates after that greasy hamburger version.
  • Brian Sleider
    SWEET, these guys get it.

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