Tonight is the preview night of San Diego Comic-Con, and while things are getting rowdy (and nerdy) out in California, something is rumbling from across the Pacific. I’m talking about Godzilla: Resurgence, of course, the newest film from Studio Toho, the original creators of Godzilla and the franchise. When the first trailer hit back in April, fans got their first looks at the decidedly more grotesque version of our scaly friend, with melodramatic visuals and operatic music that set the tone for a more dark and serious production. Now, the second trailer is continuing that trend.
This new movie is notable for several reasons, the least of which being that it is the first Godzilla movie Studio Toho has produced since 2004’s Godzilla: Final Wars, and was spurred on by the studio executives being impressed with Legendary Films‘ Godzilla in 2014. It should be noted that while Toho approves of the aforementioned film, and produces merchandise, this film is a separate continuity; the Legendary version of Godzilla will next appear in his own sequel, and eventually Godzilla vs Kong.
Another factor that has fans excited is the directors. First is Hideaki Anno, famously (and perhaps a bit infamously) known for his mind-bending anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion, which has always had a dramatic and heavy tone that fans are hoping to see with the new film; judging by the two trailers, I don’t think they have anything to worry about. The film’s second director, Shinji Higuchi, is most known for directing last year’s Attack on Titan live-action film, which also features colossal monsters wreaking havoc on humanity. In an interview with the Associated Press last year, Higuchi reflected on what the theme of the movie would mean to him and Anno.
“It’s an imaginary thing taking a very primitive form. Just a giant lizard. But it’s shouldering so much. Perhaps we are all waiting for that horrible thing that’s within us that we fear.”
With all these factors, it seems like Godzilla: Resurgence is shaping up to be the movie fans truly wanted from the originators of the character. It is currently set to release in theaters on July 29th in Japan. There are currently no international release dates, but it is expected to arrive in some form or another by the end of the year.