Toho first introduced the world to Godzilla back in 1954 with Ishirō Honda’s landmark monster film “Godzilla.” The popularity and success of that film not only launched a multi-media franchise, but also propelled Godzilla into the pop culture stratosphere. Though Toho has made 28 Godzilla films, it hasn’t released one since 2004, but with the success of Gareth Edwards’ 2014 “Godzilla,” the first film in Legendary Picture’s Godzilla–Kong film series and the 30th Godzilla film in the franchise, Toho has decided to jump back into the franchise. Their new film “Godzilla: Resurgence” will reimagine Godzilla’s origins when he emerges in modern Japan for the first time. The film will be co-directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi, and stars Hiroki Hasegawa (“Why Don’t You Play In Hell?”), Satomi Ishihara (“Attack on Titan”), Yutaka Takenouchi (“USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage”). Watch the trailer for the film below.
“Godzilla” has gone through three distinct periods in Toho’s history. The original Showa period ran from 1954 to 1975 and was an anthology of different adventures featuring Godzilla and other monsters. Toho rebooted the series in 1984 with “The Return of Godzilla,” which serves as a direct sequel to the 1954 film and ignores the events of the Showa period. The Heisi period presented a single continuity with each film providing continuity another; it lasted until 1995. Toho rebooted the series for a second time with Millennium period, another anthology series that ignored the events of the Showa and Heisi periods, which ran from 1999 to 2004. The new film represents Toho’s third reboot of the franchise.
“Godzilla Resurgence” is scheduled to be released on July 29th in Japan. There is currently no U.S. release date.