Magazine article Screen International

Japanese 'Godzilla' to Rise in 2016

Magazine article Screen International

Japanese 'Godzilla' to Rise in 2016

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Japanese filmmakers Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi are to team for a new Godzilla film, produced by the Tokyo-based studio behind the monster movie franchise, Toho.

Anno, an anime veteran known for his work on the hit Evangelion series, will also write the script. Higuchi, director of Japan Sinks, The Floating Castle and the upcoming Attack On Titan, will oversee the VFX.

The two directors previously collaborated on God Warrior Appears in Tokyo.

Toho has revealed that the story will take place in Japan along with Godzilla's footprint from the film (pictured). Nothing has been disclosed in relation to the monster's size or design but Toho said it would be the "largest Godzilla" ever and would be destroying cities all over Japan.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin this autumn ahead of a planned summer 2016 release.

Toho has produced 28 Gojira (Godzilla) films since the character was created in 1954, the last of which was Godzilla: Final Wars, which marked the 50th anniversary in 2004 but made a lacklustre $12m. …

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