Toho Producing New Japanese “GODZILLA” FilmNews Samuel Zimmerman
Following this year’s blockbuster take on the character from Legendary and director Gareth Edwards, famed studio Toho will produce the first Japanese Godzilla film since 2004’s FINAL WARS.
While director is yet to be announced, THR is reporting production on the next Toho Godzilla film is expected to get underway in summer 2015. The film is slated to be the studio’s 29th in the series, which began in 1954 with all-timer GOJIRA and has run through three phases right up until Ryuhei Kitamura’s generally highly regarded GODZILLA: FINAL WARS. Toho tells THR, “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.” No word on if the new iteration of the King of the Monsters is expected to be CG or classically created, nor on which beloved monsters will join it onscreen.
Meanwhile, the sequel to Edwards’ version is expected in June 2018, after Legendary’s currently planned monster movies SKULL ISLAND and PACIFIC RIM 2 in 2016 & 2017. Giant monsters ahoy!