Godzilla may be a lusted after box office commodity in America, but in Japan he’s a cinematic legend on par with Humphrey Bogart or Charlie Chaplin. It was Japan’s Toho Studios that got the Godzilla ball rolling in 1954, turning what could have been a silly monster movie starring a guy in a suit trampling on cardboard buildings into a frightening parable for Japan’s suffering from nuclear warfare nearly a decade earlier. The metaphor wasn’t lost on anyone, and the Ishirō Honda creation developed a worldwide following that spawned dozens of sequels over the last six decades and at least two American remakes. But after a decade in retirement, the Japanese are looking to put their stamp on the legend once more. In other words, Toho’s back in the Godzilla business.
After the tepid reaction to Godzilla: Final Wars in 2004, Toho said “that’s enough” for the King of the Monsters. But as they say, money talks, and the over $500 million worldwide take of Gareth Edwards‘ Godzilla remake talks loudly. According to Variety, a meeting of studio executives and filmmakers called the Godzilla Strategic Conference (Godzi-Con), has been tasked with figuring out a way to make it happen.
“The time has come for Japan to make a film that will not lose to Hollywood,” said Toho producer Taichi Ueda. He added that it’s the hope of Toho to make Godzilla a character that “will represent Japan and be loved around the world.” There deadline for getting a Japanese Godzilla into theaters is the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, so they have some time. Edwards’ Godzilla sequel is aiming to get into theaters in the Summer of 2018.
This isn’t the first time that Toho has rushed to get Godzilla back in a Japanese way after an attempted American remake. After the terrible Roland Emmerich Godzilla in 1998, Toho rushed Godzilla 2000 into production after the monster was killed off in 1995’s Godzilla vs. Destoroyah. The spite was taken a bit further in Final Wars when Godzilla fought a monster that looked suspiciously like the “Godzilla” from the Emmerich movie. The Japanese don’t take kindly to when their icons are torn up by America’s cultural imperialism, but it remains to be seen if this time, following the Edwards film, if they’re seeing red, or seeing green.
We’ll have more details about the new Godzilla as they become available.
Source: Bleeding Cool