After the success of Gareth Edwards’ American Godzilla, Japan’s Toho wants to remind the world where the terrible thunder lizard originated.
Variety reports the studio, which hasn’t released a Godzilla movie since 2004’s Final Wars, is jumping back into the kaiju pool with a 29th installment of the original franchise.
Details haven’t been released, but Toho has put together what it calls the Godzilla Strategic Conference (or Godzi-Con) to figure it all out. This group of producers and directors is focusing efforts on resurrecting the monster after Final Wars tanked at the box office.
Taichi Ueda, producer and head of Godzi-Con, is upfront about wanting to top Edwards’ effort, explaining,“The time has come for Japan to make a film that will not lose to Hollywood.” He went on to say that, in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, they hope Godzilla “will represent Japan and be loved around the world.”
Edwards’ Godzilla 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on June 8, 2018. The Toho film will most likely start shooting next year with an eye towards a 2016 release.
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