Godzilla has seen something of a comeback over the past several years. The giant lizard, best known for decimating Tokyo year after year in epic kaiju battles, received an American reboot by Gareth Edwards in 2014. In 2016, filmmakers Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi brought the beast back to Japanese cinema with "Shin Godzilla" after the franchise lay dormant for 12 years. Now, Godzilla will roar into the anime genre for the first time with Netflix getting first crack at streaming rights.
The upcoming "Godzilla" anime will be released on Netflix after the film's initial run in Japanese theaters. The film, which will be the 30th "Godzilla" movie produced by film company Toho, looks to imagine Godzilla's impact on the world of the future. Teaser images for the film have shown lumbering, mechanical tanks marching through lush forests and the crew of what looks to be a spaceship standing at the edge of a cliff, looking out over a dense jungle. Little else is known about the plot of the film.
The "Godzilla" anime will be animated by Polygon Pictures, best known for their work on "Knights of Sidonia" and "BLAME!" "Knights of Sidonia" director Kobun Shizuno will team with Hiroyuki Seshita, director of "AJIN: Demi-Human" and "BLAME!" Gen Urobuchi, screenwriter for "Psycho-Pass" and "Madoka Magika," will write the screenplay.
“I’m thrilled to collaborate with two very talented colleagues, Mr. Gen Urobuchi and Director Kobun Shizuno to bring to life a unique vision of a universal human drama set in an epic world," Seshita said.
Polygon Pictures recently revealed the list of voice actors that will bring the film's cast to life, including the likes of Yuki Kaji ("Attack on Titan," "AJIN: Demi-Human"), Takahiro Sakurai ("AJIN: Demi-Human," "BLAME!"), Tomokazu Sugita ("Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker," "Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure"), Junichi Suwabe ("Nodame Cantabile," "Prince of Tennis"), Kana Hanazawa ("BLAME!," "Psycho-Pass") and Mamoru Miyano ("AJIN: Demi-Human," "The Seven Deadly Sins").
Netflix's release of the "Godzilla" anime will be global, with the feature finding its way to over 190 countries. The film is the latest anime acquisition by the streaming giant, which has steadily been bolstering its original anime programming with series like "AJIN: Demi-Human" and "Cyborg 009: Call of Justice." Additional information about the "Godzilla" anime is set to be revealed at a stage event at the AnimeJapan 2017 event on March 26.
Debuting in theaters in Japan this year, the "Godzilla" anime is a production of Polygon Pictures directed by Kobun Shizuno and Hiroyuki Seshita and starring Yuki Kaji, Takahiro Sakurai, Mamoru Miyano, Junichi Suwabe, Kana Hanazawa and Tomokazu Sugita.