Toho Reveals Two Filmmakers Behind New Japanese Godzilla Movie
Whoa! This is big news for fans of Japanese cinema, or anime, or Godzilla, or sci-fi, or–hell just anyone who loves awesome movies. Toho Company (news via ScreenDaily), the studio behind the original Gojira, have announced the directors and revealed a teaser image for their newest Godzilla movie that was announced late last year. Not much was known about the project when it was revealed, save that "the time has come for Japan to make a film that will not [be lost] to Hollywood." So who have they hired to wrangle Godzilla this time? None other than Japanese filmmaking veterans Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi as co-directors.
"Ever since Hollywood announced that Godzilla was to be resurrected, the expectation for another Japanese Godzilla grew. And if we were to newly produce, we looked into Japanese creators who were the most knowledgeable and who had the most passion for Godzilla," Toho said in a statement. Hideaki Anno is the famed Japanese animation master behind series like Neon Genesis Evangelion, The End of Evangelion, Love & Pop and even some work on Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Shinji Higuchi is also a famed animation filmmaker, working on the revamped Gamera trilogy, Hidden Fortress: The Last Princess and the upcoming Attack on Titan. He also worked closely with Shusuke Kaneko, and helped with Kaneko's 2001 Godzilla film. These two are definitely reputable filmmakers that should take good care of the big guy.
Here's a look at the giant footprint teaser art for the Japanese Godzilla revealed today along with this news:
It was originally reported that Toho Company is working on a new Godzilla movie of their own (separate from Gareth Edwards' most recent Hollywood version) and it will begin shooting this summer, for release sometime in 2016. Adding to that, this most recent report says that the story will take place in Japan (of course), and that it will be the "largest Godzilla ever" and he would be destroying cities all over Japan. Sounds… epic. Filming still should begin later this year, with a release in summer of 2016. "Naturally we quickly came to a consensus that Anno and Higuchi were the perfect fit for the Japanese Godzilla's return in 12 years," Toho stated. "Their collaboration brought the brilliant piece, God Warrior Appears in Tokyo. And their drive to take on such new challenges was exactly what we all had been inspired by." Bring on Gojira.
From here we'll have to keep a watch out for more updates and details on this Toho Godzilla movie, as well as the sequel to Gareth Edwards' Godzilla movie. Though it sounds like both are shaping up nicely so far.