Japanese film studio Toho have announced via Variety that they’ll be making a new Godzilla film in Japan. They’ve announced that Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi will co-direct the next film titled Godzilla 2016. Hideaki will write and act as “chief-director” while Higuchi will tackle the effects-side of the film as it’s “director of special-effects”. The pair previously worked together on the film God Warrior Appears in Tokyo.
Anno has roots with Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli working on Nausicaa in the Valley of Wind which the studio produced. He also created the famously popular anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Higuchi, who also worked on Evangelion is a visual effects guru and recently directed the live-action adaptation of Attack On Titan which looks all sorts of awesome.
A date hasn’t been announced but it’s title should suggest that it will be released sometime in 2016, it’s possible with the rights deal between Toho and Warner Bros. The American studio could distribute the film stateside but nothing has been confirmed.
The last Toho Godzilla movie was Godzilla: Final Wars in 2004 and that film didn’t light the world on fire.
Gareth Edwards will return to direct Godzilla 2 after he makes Star Wars: Rogue One first, the Hollywood Godzilla sequel has a release date of June 8th, 2018.
I was a huge Godzilla fan as a kid I rented Godzilla 1985 and was hooked from the start and ended-up watching a majority of the films. This was love affair was then squashed with the horrible Godzilla film from 1998, luckily Edwards’ film has brought-back the big guy in the way I’ve always wanted to see him.