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Shin Gojira

Shin Gojira
Official title-logo for the film.[1]
Directed by
Produced by
  • Minami Ichikawa
  • Taichi Ueda
Screenplay by Hideaki Anno
Starring
Production
company
Distributed by Toho
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Shin Gojira (シン・ゴジラ),[1][2] variously translated as New, True, or God Godzilla,[3] is an upcoming Japanese science fiction kaiju film featuring Godzilla, produced and distributed by Toho Studios. The film is co-directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi with the screenplay written by Anno and the special effects directed by Higuchi. A reboot of the Godzilla film series, the film will be the 31st entry in the franchise and the 29th film produced by Toho. The film is targeted for a summer 2016 release.

Contents

  • Cast 1
  • Production 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Cast

  • Hiroki Hasegawa - Hasegawa will play a government official.[1] After Toho offered him the role, Hasegawa immediately accepted, stating, "Who wouldn't want to be involved in a Godzilla production?"[1]
  • Satomi Ishihara - Ishihara will play a U.S. agent.[1] Ishihara became excited after accepting the role but stressed that her character features "English-heavy dialogue", stating, "Sometimes it's so frustrating, I just want to cry."[1]
  • Yutaka Takenouchi - Takenouchi will play a government official.[1] Takenouchi stated that the film will be the "best of them all" and that it will contain a "deeper message".[1]

Production

In December 2014, Toho announced plans for a new Godzilla film targeted for a 2016 release, stating, "This is very good timing after the success of the American version this year: if not now, then when? The licensing contract we have with Legendary places no restrictions on us making domestic versions."[4] The new film will have no ties to Legendary's Godzilla trilogy and instead will serve as a reboot to the Toho series. Minami Ichikawa will serve as the film's production manager and Taiji Ueda as the film's project leader. Ueda confirmed that the screenplay is in development and filming has been planned for a summer 2015 shoot. Toho will additionally put together a project team, known as "Godzilla Conference" or "Godzi-con", to formulate future projects.[5]

In March 2015, Toho announced that the film will be written and co-directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi, (both who collaborated on the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion) with Higuchi also directing the film's special effects.[6][7][8] In addition, Toho announced that the film will begin filming in the fall of 2015 set for a summer 2016 release.[9] Promotional artwork of the new Godzilla's footprint was also released, with Toho confirming that their new Godzilla will surpass Legendary Pictures' Godzilla as the tallest incarnation to date. Toho had approached Anno in early 2013 to direct the reboot but Anno initially declined so that he could continue working on the Rebuild of Evangelion films. However, Higuchi eventually convinced him to accept the offer.[10]

Principal photography was announced to start in September 2015 in the Greater Tokyo area.[11] Director Higuchi has stated that he intends to provide the "most terrifying Godzilla that Japan's cutting-edge special-effects movie-making can muster." The special effects technology will be a hybrid of computer graphics and practical special effects, similar to the work Higuchi had done on the live-action film, Attack on Titan.[12]

Principal photography began on September 1, 2015 with a large on-location film shoot at Kamata station in Tokyo under the working title "Shin Gojira."[13][14] On September 23, 2015, Toho revealed the film's official title as Shin Gojira and that the film will star Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, and Satomi Ishihara.[15][16] Producer Akihiro Yamauchi stated that the title Shin Gojira was chosen for the film due to the variety of meanings it conveys, such as either "new", "true", or "God".[3]

Principal photography wrapped at the end of October 2015, with special effects work scheduled for November 2015.[17][18]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Ragone, August (September 22, 2015). "NEXT GODZILLA NOW ENTITLED "SHIN GODZILLA" Toho Announces Three Principal Cast Members!". The Good, The Bad, and Godzilla. Retrieved September 24, 2015. 
  2. ^ Barkan, Jonathan (September 22, 2015). "‘Shin Gojira’ Will Bring Us the Largest Godzilla Yet". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved September 22, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Komatsu, Mikikazu (September 23, 2015). "Toho Opens Official Website for 2016 "Shin Godzilla" Film". Crunchy Roll. Retrieved September 24, 2015. 
  4. ^ Blair, Gavin (December 7, 2014). "Japan's Toho to Produce New 'Godzilla' for 2016, First in 12 Years". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  5. ^ Ragone, August (December 7, 2014). "THE "JAPANESE GODZILLA" WILL RISE AGAIN! Toho to Produce a New "Godzilla" in 2015". The Good, the Bad, & the Godzilla. 
  6. ^ Frater, Patrick (March 31, 2015). "Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi to Direct ‘Godzilla 2016′". Variety. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  7. ^ Ragone, August (March 31, 2015). EVANGELION" CREATOR HELMS NEW "GODZILLA" Hideaki Anno & Shinji Higuchi Revive the King!""". The Good, The Bad, and Godzilla. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Evangelion's Hideaki Anno Is New Japanese Godzilla Film's Chief Director, Writer". Anime News Network. March 31, 2015. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  9. ^ Ragone, August (April 1, 2015). """THE DIRECTORS OF "GODZILLA 2016" SPEAK: "I'll Give You the Greatest Worst Nightmare!. The Good, The Bad, & Godzilla. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  10. ^ Saabedra, Humberto (March 31, 2015). "Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi Head 2016 Toho "Godzilla" Film". Crunchy Roll. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  11. ^ "UPDATE: Shooting Starts on Godzilla 2016 Soon! New Design to Update 1954 Original". scified.com. 
  12. ^ Kageyama, Yuri (August 5, 2015). "AP Interview: Japan's 'Godzilla' Director Wants to Surprise". ABC News. AP. 
  13. ^ "Godzilla 2016 Begins Production, Working Title Revealed". Scified.com. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  14. ^ Rigney, Todd (September 1, 2015). "New Japanese Godzilla Movie Filming This Weekend in Tokyo". Dread Central. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  15. ^ "ゴジラ新作に長谷川博己、竹野内豊、石原さとみ タイトルは「シン・ゴジラ」". Sports Nippon. Retrieved September 22, 2015. 
  16. ^ "ゴジラ』新作に長谷川博己、竹野内豊、石原さとみ!タイトルは『シン・ゴジラ』に決定!". Cinema Today. Retrieved September 22, 2015. 
  17. ^ "石原さとみ、こわくて辛かった…『ゴジラ』撮影終了を報告" (in Japanese). cinematoday.jp. November 1, 2015. Retrieved November 2, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Shin-Godzilla Wraps Shooting, Begins FX Work". scified.com. November 1, 2015. Retrieved November 2, 2015. 

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