Production of Toho’s ‘Godzilla 2016’ Now Under Way

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TOKYO — Production has started on “Godzilla 2016,” the working title of Toho’s new film featuring the iconic fire-breathing monster, its first since 2004.

Toho has to yet to formally announce the start of shooting, though a growing accumulation of evidence points that way.

The film continues to be penciled in for a summer 2016 release through the Toho chain. And the company has launched a “Godzilla 2016” web page.

A video of “Godzilla 2016” extras running through the streets near Tokyo’s Kamata Station on Sept. 6 as well as photos of another extra stampede at Yokohama’s Yokodai Station posted on Facebook on Sept. 13 have been credited to Gomaru Island, a community of monster movie fans tracking the film’s production.

The movie was green-lighted by the company in December last year in response to the global success of the Gareth Evans directed Hollywood version, which has also gone into sequel for Warner Bros. At the time, Toho producer Taichi Ueda, told the press “the time has come for Japan to make a film that will not lose to Hollywood.”

Later, in April, Toho announced that Hideaki Anno, best known for his work on the “Evangelion” animation franchise, and Shinji Higuchi, an effects movie specialist responsible for this year’s “Attack on Titan” apocalyptic fantasy duology, would co-direct “Godzilla 2016,” with Anno writing the script.

Since then Toho has been tight-lipped with details, with the film’s PR rep currently unavailable for comment. But in an August interview with the AP news service,  Higuchi said that for “Godzilla 2016” he would use the ‘hybrid’ techniques he developed for the two “Attack on Titan” films, in which ‘Titans’ — actors  filmed with CGI enhancement as towering humanoid monsters — break through a gap in a huge wall enclosing a human settlement and begin devouring the inhabitants.

Unfortunately for Higuchi the first “Attack on Titan” film, released on Aug. 1, was savaged by critics, while performing below Toho’s sky-high expectations at the box office. It is now look likely to finish near the $25 million mark, compared to initial projections of $40 million or more. The second film will appear in theaters on Sept. 19.

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  1. RMW says:

    “…the time has come for Japan to make a film that will not lose to Hollywood.”
    Best of luck

  2. Johnnie Owens jr says:

    I can’t wait till the Japanese make a real Godzilla movie. I’m African-American and this American Godzilla movie really sucked. No action, hardly even seen Godzilla in the movie that much. It was more of a love story between the boy and the girl. It was more a drama movie then action. I wanted to see Godzilla do what he does best. Destroy the city and kill a really cool evil monster. America!! Leave Godzilla to the professionals.

    • ronald@graduate.uwa.edu.au says:

      Godzilla did not really have much screentime in the Japanese films either (e.g. Godzilla vs Megaguirus and Godzilla: Final Wars). Most of the time it focussed on some human story. In that sense the 2014 Hollywood version wasn’t that different.

      • Craig Crisostomo says:

        I concur. Godzilla movies never really do what the audiences expect it to be about. It revolves around the humans more instead of the titular monster. The 2014 movie followed that formula, and I must say, they did it pretty well.

  3. Gojira says:

    Just a small correction: The director of Godzilla was Gareth Edwards, not Gareth Evans. :)

  4. J.E. Vizzusi says:

    When is Godzilla going to destroy LA?

  5. Correction on the name of the Hollywood director who directed Godzilla his name is Gareth Edwards not Gareth Evans.

  6. excelscior says:

    I would love to see a sequel to War Of The Gargantuas. Godzilla VS The Gargantuas would be awesome!

  7. Didn’t like the latest Godzilla movie. They changed his look and his roar. Didn’t think the MUTO were all that scary either.

    • MrAwesomeness360 says:

      “They changed his look and his roar.” WTF are you talking about? He looks and sounds like the traditional design and roar. The word you’re looking for is “modernized”, they modernized the traditional design, but it still carries heavy resemblance.

    • Craig Crisostomo says:

      You can’t expect them to make Godzilla look EXACTLY the same. His look has changed throughout the years, and I’m pretty sure they didn’t have the rights to make the character look exactly the same.

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