Soon the King of Monsters will roar once more. On Thursday, November 3, also known as Global Godzilla Day, Mighty Godzilla turned 68. To honor the occasion, Japanese studio Toho disclosed that it is preparing an entirely new installment in the venerable film series for release in exactly one year.
The movie will mark Toho’s first domestic Japanese Godzilla release since the well-received Shin Godzilla in 2016. Toho has not yet given the new project a name and is withholding information about the mega monster’s comeback.
However, the storied Japanese studio revealed that the movie will be helmed by VFX artist turned director Takashi Yamazaki, who has directed everything from Doraemon film installments to sci-fi action movies like Space Battleship Yamato (2014). Toho released a teaser poster for the new film on all of its social media accounts, along with the premiere date.
Ishir Honda wrote the script and directed the first Godzilla movie, which was made in Japan after the devastation of World War II and released by Toho in 1954. One of the most lucrative franchises in movie history, the property has so far produced 37 movies, 32 of which have been released by Toho, one by TriStar Pictures, and four by Legendary Pictures. Godzilla: The Series is currently being developed by Legendary Television with producers from Toho for Apple TV+, which will only increase the mighty Kaiju’s dominance throughout the world.
Another Godzilla Day surprise came from Toho, which announced on Thursday that it would be releasing the never-before-seen animated Japanese series Godzilla Island on its YouTube channel in the middle of November. The 256-episode series was a mainstay of Japanese TV in the late 1990s.
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Throughout the long history of the Godzilla franchise, there have undoubtedly been some highs and lows, but the monstrous beast has always come back stronger than ever. Godzilla Vs. Kong, the most recent film from Legendary and Toho, did the seemingly impossible in early 2021 by reviving the post-pandemic theatrical box office with $470 million in worldwide sales.
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