Dateline, Tokyo: Toho Announces Plans to Destroy City in New Godzilla Film
Entertainment trade website Variety is reporting that Toho Co., Ltd has announced plans to produce a new Godzilla film for release in 2016, the first Japanese-produced Godzilla feature in over a decade!
Fans of The Big G got a reasonable serving of giant monster mayhem this past summer in Gareth Edwards’ American-produced franchise reboot, as well as last year’s Pacific Rim. Many fans, though, found these films really just whet their appetite for a “true” Godzilla film of the type that only Toho can produce, and it looks like they’ll be getting their wish.
The movie is scheduled to begin production in the summer of 2015 and bow theatrically in 2016, Toho sources have revealed. Details, including director and cast, have yet to be announced.
The inspiration is the success of Gareth Edward’s 2014 “Godzilla,” which earned $525 million worldwide and JPY3.2 billion ($26 million) in Japan, with Toho and Warner Bros. Japan co-distributing.
Toho has launched what it calls the Godzilla Strategic Conference (Godzi-Con), a committee of studio executives and directors whose aim is to reboot the Godzilla brand, including the new “Godzilla” pic.
The head of the new Godzilla project, veteran producer Taichi Ueda, told the press that, though Toho will not spend the $200 million reportedly lavished on the American “Godzilla,” “The time has come for Japan to make a film that will not lose to Hollywood.” Ueda added that Toho hopes to make Godzilla a character that “will represent Japan and be loved around the world” by the time of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Click HERE to read the full article on Variety’s website, and then stomp your way over to our ongoing Godzilla and other kaiju discussion thread in the Allspark forums!
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