Today, on “Godzilla Day”, TOHO announced the long-awaited next installment of the Godzilla franchise! Award-winning Japanese filmmaker Takashi Yamazaki has been announced to shoot triple duty on the untitled film. He will direct, write and serve as visual effects supervisor. Not much is known about the film yet, but it’s expected to be live-action. TOHO also announced that the new movie has already wrapped filming and will be released in Japan in exactly one year, the next “Godzilla Day”, November 3, 2023.
This news is very exciting for Godzilla fans, since the first film was released in 1954, TOHO has kept the franchise alive. However, in recent years, their films have slowed down. This new film will be the first live-action Godzilla TOHO movie since 2016 shin godzilla. Moreover, when shin godzilla was released, it was the first live-action movie since 2004 Godzilla: Final Wars. While TOHO has released animated movies since, and there are the recent American Legendary Picture Movies, for some fans there’s no such thing as a live TOHO. Godzilla.
Yamazaki is an excellent choice to direct the new film for many reasons. He is a prominent, award-winning Japanese director who also has a background in visual effects, something a Godzilla the film really needs. Yamazaki gained his most international fame for his 2005 drama Always: Sunset on Third Street, which earned him the Japanese Academy Award for Best Director and Screenplay, the Japanese film industry’s equivalent of an Oscar. It is also perfect for a Godzilla film because he has already worked on it! Yamazaki was part of the visual effects team on shin godzilla.
It is important to note that this film will be part of the continuity established by TOHO, the original creator of the character. This film is not expected to connect to the recent Godzilla franchise established by Legendary Pictures with movies like 2014 Godzilla and 2019 Godzilla: King of the Monsters. Although this franchise is still going strong. Recently he published Godzilla vs. Kong, with a sequel currently filming in Australia. This franchise is also set to get a spin-off series on AppleTV+.
The news was first announced on official japanese Godzilla Twitter account then announced on Japanese entertainment news site Mantan Web. Stay tuned to Collider for future updates and check out the trailer for TOHO’s latest live action Godzilla film, shin godzillabelow: