The Japanese GODZILLA is back and returning to the dark terrifying roots of the original 1954 film. Less than 24 hours ago, Toho released their first trailer for their upcoming Godzilla film. This is the first Godzilla film produced by Toho since 2004’s Godzilla: Final Wars. Filmmakers Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion) and Shinji Higuchi (Attack on Titan live-action) are co-directing the film which was done last summer. Anno wrote the screenplay for the film while Higuchi oversaw the special effects.
Toho will be utilizing CGI technology for this film and moving forward with a very unique mutilated design which has stirred the fandom. Higuchi calls it the “most terrifying” version of Godzilla to date and as a Godzilla fan seeing this design, I have to agree with him! The flesh on his arms is all gone, the tip of his tail seems to reveal bone, and his face is burnt to a crisp. It is also interesting to see the full shot with an extra long tail and this Godzilla is the biggest yet, trumping the 2014 Godzilla at 118.5 meters tall or about 338 feet. The filmmakers are pushing the film into away from the happier installments, citing that "the world has lost its innocence after the various terrorist attacks and natural disasters over the past few years".
Additionally, on April 1, Toho's official webpage and Twitter posted artwork and a promotional campaign for Godzilla X Evagelion. Since Anno has worked on both, what does this mean? Is this the call to Legendary's Godzilla Vs. King Kong in 2020? Initially the fandom thought this was a clever April fools joke but the announcement of Anno working on Godzilla 2016 was also on April 1. There are official T-Shirts, keychains, and misc items that depict Godzilla's fins and each other's footprints. Only time will tell if this is just a promotional stunt for the 2016 film or if we may get a featured animated or live action film.
Also to note Godzilla and Evangelion, along with Ultraman, have also been teased participants in the game Kyoei Toshi (City Shrouded in Shadow). More news to follow!