Toho to Produce New GODZILLA for 2016; Will Be First “Domestic” GODZILLA Since 2004’s GODZILLA: FINAL WARS

     December 8, 2014

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Gareth EdwardsGodzilla reignited interest for the King of the Monsters, and a sequel for the blockbuster was a bit of a no-brainer after the movie debuted to almost $100 million domestic on its opening weekend.  While Legendary Pictures’ Godzilla 2 isn’t due out until June 8, 2018, the beast won’t be resting for four years.  The creature’s owner, Toho Company Ltd., which leased the rights to the character to Legendary, can still make their own Godzilla movies separate from the new universe Legendary set up earlier this summer.  Various Japanese publications have revealed that a new, untitled, Japanese-made Godzilla is being readied for release in 2016.

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godzilla-the-japanese-originalAugust Ragone has compiled several Japanese articles to report that Toho has launched the “Godzilla Conference” (they must have the best lanyards of all-time), “to discuss and decide a wide range of strategies for promoting the Big G, including, but not limited to motion pictures.”  The project’s leader, Taiji Ueda, said at a press conference:

“With the success of the Hollywood version of GODZILLA, we decided on a new [domestic] production,” said Mr. Ueda at today’s press conference. The new production will be handled by Toho, in-house. “The screenplay is currently in development and we plan to start shooting next summer. We cannot announce cast or staff selections at this time. And we’re still deliberating whether to bring Godzilla to life via CGI or man-in-suit,” said Mr. Ueda. “This resurrection will be the centerpiece for ’16, and this is the force of our words.”

Okay, first thing: Any spokesperson speaking on behalf of a group must now include the statement, “This is the force of our words.”

Second, I vote for man-in-suit.  No offense to Toho, but they don’t have the budget of Legendary, and their CGI Godzilla will almost certainly pale in comparison to the Hollywood version.  It’s better to go in the opposite direction and own the charm of the practical effects.

Ueda continued:

“The passionate voices of the fans clamored for a resurrection [of the Japanese Godzilla]. We will bring the monster back to Japan, with the high-quality we’ve given films like [Takashi Yamazaki’s] PARASITE (Kiseiju, 2014). By bringing together our collective know-how, which we’ve been striving for [over the last 12 years], we mustn’t lose to Hollywood,” he said with confidence.

And I would say the best way to avoid “losing” to Hollywood would be to avoid direct competition, and let Godzilla flourish by having Hollywood handle the “realistic” side and having Toho embrace the fantastical side of the character.

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