Not content to let an American film studio make a Godzilla film, and a good one to boot this time around, Toho Studios, the home of the famous giant monster movie star, has announced that they are commencing work on their own Godzilla film set for a 2016 release. It will mark the first new Godzilla movie from the studio since 2004’s Godzilla: Final Wars capstoned the studio’s most recent cycle of films.
Reportedly, this new Godzilla film will be in production next summer, though no other details are forthcoming as to the creative personal who will be working on the film outside of the fact that the studio is currently working on a strategy of their own for the franchise. The Toho film will not have any connection to the American iteration. If I were to guess, I would say that the studio would do what they have done in previous reboots of the franchise and ignore all the films that have gone before with the exception of the 1954 original.
The move is definitely in response to this past summer’s Godzilla film directed by Gareth Edwards and produced by Legendary Pictures, which grossed over $470 million worldwide, $26 million of that in Japan.
Of course, the big question that is probably on everyone’s mind will be whether the studio will go with the traditional “suitmation” – aka a guy in a rubber suit – method of depicting the giant monster or if they will use the more modern technique of computer generated imagery. It is too early to tell, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the used a combination of both. The studio was already using CGI somewhat in Godzilla: Final Wars both in rendering shots of Godzilla swimming underwater as well as for shots of some other monsters that appeared in the film. Needless to say, we’re going to be following this one closely.