“Neon Genesis Evangelion’s” Hideaki Anno and “Attack on Titan’s” Shinji Higuchi will co-direct “Godzilla 2016,” the first Japanese film in the long-running franchise in 12 years.
Anno will also write the film’s script, while Higuchi will oversee special effects. Anime News Network notes the two have been close friends for decades, and previously collaborated on Studio Ghibli’s live-action short “Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo.”
“Ever since Hollywood announced that ‘Godzilla’ was to be resurrected, the expectation for another Japanese Godzilla grew,” Toho said in a statement. “And if we were to newly produce, we looked into Japanese creators who were the most knowledgeable and who had the most passion for Godzilla.”
The announcement was accompanied by the above teaser image of the monster’s foot, which Cinema Today (via Crunchyroll) reports represents the tallest Godzilla yet, towering over the 108-meter creature depicted in Gareth Edwards’ 2014 U.S. film.
Toho has produced 28 Godzilla movies since 1954, with the previous release, 2004’s “Godzilla: Final Wars,” grossing just $12 million.
“Godzilla 2016” is expected to begin filming this summer, with a release scheduled for fall 2016.
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