So for those of us old enough to remember seeing the 1998 American Godzilla movie after waiting years for a big budget version of the Big G, you’ll remember being really, really disappointed. From the design to the ripping off of Jurassic Park to ‘Godzilla’ (renamed Zilla by Toho) being killed with missiles, most Godzilla fans were let down in 1998.
16 years later we got our real Godzilla movie. Legendary’s 2014 film also named Godzilla, is a true Godzilla flick. From the design to the actual presence of atomic breath to a great performance by Bryan Cranston, the most recent Godzilla movie is not only a solid entry in the series, but a decent movie overall.
Now that the moment most Godzilla fans thought may never happen has in fact happened… what now?
There are two separate projects in the works. The one that most people are familiar with is the project planned for 2018. Yes, in about three and a half years, we will get another big budget, American Godzilla movie. Gareth Edwards, director of 2014’s and the upcoming 2018’s follow up, is going to be directing a Star Wars spin off that releases in 2016. The Edwards has stated that he wants to make a Destroy All Monsters-esque sequel, but the concept art that’s been released looks more like a remake of Ghirdora: The Three Headed Monster. Mothra, Rodan (Radon) and Ghidora (Ghidra) are all confirmed for the sequel. This is great for fans, because the M.U.T.O. were one of the weak points of the film, but still better than Eborah the Sea Monster (or giant lobster).
In case you think four years is far, far too long to wait for another awesome rendition of Gareth Edwards’ vision of our favorite atomic monster. There is going to be another movie released in Japan by the original studio, Toho, in 2016! Toho’s last Godzilla movie was 2004’s Godzilla: Final Wars, which was the last of the Millennium series. The new Toho movie should release in North America by the next year, but hopefully sooner. There is a possibility that the 2016 film will get the same treatment as Godzilla 2000 and be released in Western theaters. Time will tell, but as popular as Godzilla is getting, the possibility should be higher than after Zilla 98.
The new Toho Godzilla will more than likely utilize the ‘suitimation’ process from literally every other Toho Kaiju movie. CG will not be possible due to the massive budget required. If CG is used then it will look similar to Godzilla’s cameo in Always: Sunset on Third Street 2, which is nothing compared to Legendary’s take on Big G. Honestly, would you have Japanese Godzilla any other way?
Right now is a great time for Godzilla fans. The disappointment of 1998 is far behind us. A new era has started and the sky is the limit. As long as that sky has Mothra or Rodan flying in it.