It’s hard to keep a good man down. It’s even hard to keep a city-destroying monster at bay. Godzilla has never disappeared from Japanese screens for as long as he was absent from American movie theaters — 1998 to 2014 — and it’s been announced that the next installment in the series from Toho will be an anime film set to arrive next year.
Written by Gen Urobuchi and directed by Kobun Shizuno, the film is currently untitled. A website launched for it today and, though it won’t offer prospective viewers much information about the project, it does feature some striking concept art: three astronauts who’ve either intentionally brought their spacecraft down above a lush, blue-tinted valley or perhaps landed there by necessity. Godzilla himself is nowhere to be seen, though it’s difficult to imagine his presence remaining hidden for too long.
29 Godzilla movies have been produced by Toho since the creature was first introduced in 1954, including the recently released “Godzilla Resurgence.” This next entry in the long-running franchise, which will be co-produced by Polygon Pictures, doesn’t have a set release date.