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Toho's Godzilla 2016 will terrify with cutting edge effects

08.06.2015by: Cody Hamman
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When Japan's Toho Studios let the GODZILLA franchise go dormant after 1995's GODZILLA VS. DESTOROYAH, it was partially because Tri-Star had the rights to make a trilogy of American Godzilla movies and Toho didn't want to keep making Godzilla movies at the same time, competing with their own character and potentially over-saturating the market. After the poor reception Roland Emmerich's GODZILLA received in 1998, Toho revived the series with GODZILLA 2000, adding a total of six more entries to the series before again deciding to take a break after 2004's GODZILLA: FINAL WARS.

FINAL WARS was the last time Godzilla stomped around on the big screen until Hollywood made their second attempt at doing the property justice with Gareth Edwards' 2014 film. But even though a sequel to that is in development for a 2018 release, Toho isn't going to just step aside while Hollywood makes Godzilla movies this time. They have their own Godzilla project in the works that will have nothing to do with the Edwards GODZILLA.

Set to be released in 2016, Toho's twenty-ninth Godzilla film will be co-directed by Shinji Higuchi and Hideaki Anno and will be shot over the next few months. An online casting call is seeking extras to work in the Tokyo area from September through November.

Although Godzilla has often been portrayed as a hero in his movies, it sounds like Higuchi and Anno will be taking him back to his horrific roots. Animator/designer Mahiro Maeda and sculptor Takayuki Takeya are said to be working on a frightening design for the King of the Monsters that's based on his appearance in the original 1954 GODZILLA, and in a recent AP interview Higuchi promised that the film will feature the most terrifying version of Godzilla possible.

Traditional suitmation will again be employed to bring Godzilla to the screen, but this time it will be mixed with cutting edge digital effects like those Higuchi used on ATTACK ON TITAN.

The work combines computer graphics with manipulating a towering doll of rippling red muscle that resembles a giant biological anatomy chart, as well as special-effects filmmaking, using actors moving through miniatures, to depict grotesquely enlarged humans.

Applying to Godzilla that kind of technology, which Higuchi calls "hybrid," has never been attempted in Japan.

Aside from the obvious fact that it will show Godzilla causing destruction in Japan, GODZILLA 2016 is shrouded in secrecy, but the fandom Higuchi expresses in the interview (he counts himself among the top 50 Godzilla fans in the world) makes it sound quite promising. As someone who was disappointed with the Edwards GODZILLA, I have much higher hopes for a Toho production than I do for an American sequel.

Extra Tidbit: Are you looking forward to a new Toho GODZILLA?

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9:03AM on 09/01/2015

At the risk of being crude...

...I find all the griping about the pacing of Edwards' exceptional GODZILLA to be like a guy whining that he had to take a super-hot girl to dinner and a movie before she would give him great sex. The film pays off so beautifully that any complaints about the absence of Godzilla in the first 2/3 ring utterly hollow... especially in light of how much of the MUTOs we get before that final act.

At any rate, can't wait for both new Godzilla films. This Toho outing sounds especially promising!
...I find all the griping about the pacing of Edwards' exceptional GODZILLA to be like a guy whining that he had to take a super-hot girl to dinner and a movie before she would give him great sex. The film pays off so beautifully that any complaints about the absence of Godzilla in the first 2/3 ring utterly hollow... especially in light of how much of the MUTOs we get before that final act.

At any rate, can't wait for both new Godzilla films. This Toho outing sounds especially promising!
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6:25PM on 08/06/2015
I enjoyed the most recent Godzilla film about as much as I have any of the other ones.( Except the Emmerich version. *Gag*) Soooo many people hate on the Edwards version of Godzilla, but if you look back at the OG Godzilla films (any of them!), they all plod along until the last 20-40 min when the real ass kicking begins. I've always felt Edwards version just followed the same path. Wait and see, the next one, they'll put Godzilla in the film for an hour instead of 30 min, (like they do in
I enjoyed the most recent Godzilla film about as much as I have any of the other ones.( Except the Emmerich version. *Gag*) Soooo many people hate on the Edwards version of Godzilla, but if you look back at the OG Godzilla films (any of them!), they all plod along until the last 20-40 min when the real ass kicking begins. I've always felt Edwards version just followed the same path. Wait and see, the next one, they'll put Godzilla in the film for an hour instead of 30 min, (like they do in all the other films) and everyone will bitch because he's onscreen too much. That being said Being a fan of Godzilla for well over 30 years, I'm always excited for a new rendition of the guy ot rear his giant head. Can't wait.
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1:37PM on 08/06/2015

I have always loved TOHO Godzilla flicks

"As someone who was disappointed with the Edwards GODZILLA, I have much higher hopes for a Toho production than I do for an American sequel."
you were disappointed in the 2014 Edwards flick??? it was great... but using a CGI stand in for Godzilla pales in comparison with using an actor in a rubber suit.... that's Godzilla in a nutshell.... right there... the TOHO flicks were great.... although I was disappointed in Godzilla Final Wars myself.
"As someone who was disappointed with the Edwards GODZILLA, I have much higher hopes for a Toho production than I do for an American sequel."
you were disappointed in the 2014 Edwards flick??? it was great... but using a CGI stand in for Godzilla pales in comparison with using an actor in a rubber suit.... that's Godzilla in a nutshell.... right there... the TOHO flicks were great.... although I was disappointed in Godzilla Final Wars myself.
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8:57AM on 09/01/2015
There's an unwritten rule of internet prose which requires bloggers, columnists, etc., to include some sort of negative dig at something related to the topic which they are discussing in every piece they pen. It's necessary to foster the "cynical geek" tone that pages like this & their readers are looking for, so it has to be included, even when the reason for the piece in question is an entirely positive one. Instead of celebrating the fact that we have TWO new Godzilla movies coming in fairly
There's an unwritten rule of internet prose which requires bloggers, columnists, etc., to include some sort of negative dig at something related to the topic which they are discussing in every piece they pen. It's necessary to foster the "cynical geek" tone that pages like this & their readers are looking for, so it has to be included, even when the reason for the piece in question is an entirely positive one. Instead of celebrating the fact that we have TWO new Godzilla movies coming in fairly short order (and maybe more if Toho's is successful and they decide to fast-track a sequel), it's important to appease the more negative-minded members of fandom by expressing at least token disappointment in some aspect of the franchise. Way of the world these days...
12:06PM on 08/06/2015

I hear they have been breeding lizards in toxic goop since the 60s

This film will star the 30th generation of lizards that evolved in the goop and they are so big they live under Mt. Fuji. They want us to believe the monster will be CG or people in a suit but it will be the real deal.

JK, I love Godzilla, not American Godzilla (both movies were just horrible in their own ways). Classic Godzilla from Japan (when taken seriously) beats any Kaiju monster out there.
This film will star the 30th generation of lizards that evolved in the goop and they are so big they live under Mt. Fuji. They want us to believe the monster will be CG or people in a suit but it will be the real deal.

JK, I love Godzilla, not American Godzilla (both movies were just horrible in their own ways). Classic Godzilla from Japan (when taken seriously) beats any Kaiju monster out there.
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11:13AM on 08/06/2015
I hope it will more full on action movie rather than the hide and seek of the latest remake version.
I hope it will more full on action movie rather than the hide and seek of the latest remake version.
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1:39PM on 08/06/2015
you can go back and watch the 1998 piece of shit Godzilla if you'd like.. you have tons of alternatives LOL.
you can go back and watch the 1998 piece of shit Godzilla if you'd like.. you have tons of alternatives LOL.
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