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