The King of Monsters Godzilla will return in 2016 after a twelve year hiatus in Japan. The success of the 2014 American Godzilla film directed by Gareth Edwards prompted Toho to move ahead with a revival of the successful franchise that began back in 1954.
Details are few but it has been established that Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion) and Shinji Higuchi (Attack on Titan) will co-direct. The creative team has great love for Godzilla’s rich history and promises to bring the iconic monster back to a rightful place of honor… within the limits of the production.
Writer and co-director Anno, who is still reeling from Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo and deep in work for the fourth installment has an enthusiastic yet measured attitude- “Godzilla exists in a world of science fiction, not only of dreams and hopes, but he’s a caricature of reality, a satire, a mirror image. Recently, Japan has also been careless in the way it has attempted to depict him. In all honesty, Japanese production budgets and schedules are so tight, compared to the world’s capitol [Hollywood], not to mention the constraints imposed on filmmakers in terms of content. Frankly, I’m not sure how far outside the lines we can go.
“However, movies have pride, even trifling little films; therefore, just as in the case of the new EVAs, I’m going in full force. When I think about what I’ve accomplished, the twists and turns befitting a screenplay, everything has led to this point. I write this with the hope that the reader might understand at least to some degree that no matter what a creator says, it’s just an excuse, but I’m under pressure to make a visual effects fantasy film representative of modern Japan, with the full awareness of our current situation, which will be subjected to intentions both good and bad.”
Co-director Higuchi seems more optimistic “It’s a veritable championship over one’s own mind. What now, then? Playtime is over. Nevertheless, with my best friend standing beside me, we will triumph over the pressure that would otherwise make me run far away. I was born in this country which gave life to this great divinity [Godzilla], which destined me to work in visual effects, up until this very moment. I give unending thanks to Fate for this opportunity; so next year, I’ll give you the greatest worst nightmare.”
(news and quotes via The Good, the Bad and Godzilla)
For those looking to get a quick fix of Godzilla, I recommend Godzilla in Hell from IDW drawn in stunning style by James Stokoe (due out this July).
Additionally, Kaijumax, a humorous comic set in a maximum security prison for giant monsters from Oni Press by Zander Cannon, is a lot of fun. Click on the image below for more info or pick up the first issue this week.