Though Warner Bros. is developing their very own Godzilla sequel, a follow-up to last year’s blockbuster set for launch June 8, 2018, the king of the monsters’ parent company Toho is developing a film of their own set to debut next year. Anno will pen the script for the show with Higuchi set to supervise the special effects.
“Ever since Hollywood announced that ‘Godzilla’ was to be resurrected, the anticipation for another Japanese Godzilla grew. And if we were to just create, we looked into Japanese creators who were the most knowledgeable and who had the most passion for Godzilla,” Toho said in a statement (via Variety).
Moreover, a teaser picture for the 2016 film was released which you’ll be able to check out above.
Production on the 29th Godzilla movie, the first from Toho since 2004’s Godzilla: Final Wars, will start this summer and objectives for global market attractiveness, meaning we could see a major release here in the states come 2016. In the 2004 movie, Toho used a visual of the 1998 American Godzilla being mercilessly and immediately conquered by Japanese Godzilla at the Sydney Opera House.
Toho previously revealed they’ll use CG technology, which means that the man-in-suit days might be numbered, although it’ll be interesting to see if the new American version’s design will help determine the iconic creature, who first appeared in 1954 and stands as Guinness World Records 2015’s longest-running movie franchise.