Just when it seemed that Tokyo had seen the last of him, Godzilla is back in a brand new trailer for “Godzilla Resurgence,” which sees the most famous kaiju of them all return to his Japanese roots.
Since his debut in 1954, Godzilla has been in 28 films produced by the famed Japanese studio, Toho. At the peak of his popularity, Toho released a Godzilla film almost every year from 1964-1975. But since releasing “Godzilla: Final Wars” in 2004, Toho has let their most famous monster lie dormant for over a decade.
Now, following the success of the 2014 American film, Toho has finally decided to make its first Godzilla film of the premium format era. As has been done twice before, “Godzilla Resurgence” will mark a reboot in the franchise with plans to create a new series of films separate from the American version. The new trailer features the first glimpses of the redesigned Godzilla, with cracked scales and red highlights that make him look like a volcano come to life.
The film will be directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi, who are two of the co-founders of the famed Gainax anime studio and who worked together on the critically-acclaimed anime series “Neon Genesis Evangelion.” The film will be released in IMAX and 4D formats in Japan on July 29, with plans for a North American release later this year.
Back in the States, Legendary Pictures is working on a sequel to their Godzilla film that will be released in 2018, with a crossover with King Kong planned for 2020.