Toho Announces A New Japanese GODZILLA Film For 2016
Thanks to the worldwide box offices success of Gareth Edwards' 2014 film and, I am sure, a bout of national pride, or bruised egos, the studio announced: "The time has come to make a film that will not bow down to the Hollywood film." They will make a new Godzilla film for release in Japan in 2016.
Via August Ragone at The Good, The Bad, And Godzilla:
"With the success of the Hollywood version of Godzilla, we decided on a new [domestic] production," said Mr. Ueda [Taiji, Project Leader for Toho]] 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.""The passionate voices of the fans clamored for a resurrection (of the Japanese Godzilla). We will bring the monster back to Japan, with the same high-quality, by bringing together our collective know-how, which we've been striving for, so we can't lose to Hollywood," he said with confidence.
According to the report in CinemaToday (translation at AnimeNewsNetwork) production will begin in the summer of 2015 and complete by the fall. In the meantime Toho is also starting up a Godzilla Conference or Godzi-con.
The conference is an organization to discuss and determine the strategy of Godzilla projects -- including but not limited to the new film -- in response to the growing Godzilla fandom bolstered by Edwards' film.
The report states that the organization is made up of just Toho staffers right now but it will look outside of the company for other professional interests and input.
If the world gets a new Godzilla with more than eight minutes of actual giant lizard action in it, Toho can do whatever the hell they want, in my opinion.