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Monday, December 8, 2014

Japan To Make New Godzilla Movie For 2016

I don't know about you, but I saw the American made 2014 Godzilla movie earlier this year, and was less than a little blown away by it.

Not enough Godzilla, was my chief complaint… that and the fact that Godzilla didn't show up for the first half of the movie, leaving me to have to listen to people I simply don't care about.

Still, what do I know… people shelled out a lot of money to see the American-made 2014 Godzilla movie—some 1/2 a billion dollars… more than $500-million at the box office.

There will be a sequel, of course.

The thing is… sequel be damned, Japan wants to create its own Godzilla movie again…

It wants to create its OWN reboot of Gojira… done by original Japanese film company Toho Co. Ltd!

Yes, that's right… this is NOT the sequel to be released in 2018 from American producers and director Gareth Edward…

No… this Japanese Gojira flick (untitled as of now) is to be released in 2016!!!!

 The film will be the first Gojira film from Toho since 2004.

"This is very good timing after the success of the American version this year: if not now, then when?" a staffer told The Hollywood Reporter. "The licensing contract we have with Legendary places no restrictions on us making domestic versions."

Sure - nothing like flooding the market!

The last time, however, that Toho attempted to cash in on Godzilla - in 2004 for Godzilla's 50th anniversary, it did so with the Godzilla: Final Wars movie… and it took in an estimated $12-million at the box office. That's it. $12-million. ¥1.45-billion.

Toho… WTF?!

You guys are trying to capitalize on someone else's hot movie, and are creating your own in LESS time than the Americans are taking to create their sequel?! Yeah… that Japanese version should be awesome (sarcasm).

Toho, for you it's no longer about the creation as being something you love and respect… it's about your love of money.

How do I know? Toho has created a Godzilla Strategic Conference, which a gathering of film executives and directors who together will manage branding opportunities.

Yes, branding opportunities. Perhaps a Gojira Cooking Grill (sorry George Foreman)? Licensed cigarette lighters; construction equipment; McDonald's burgers, plushies?

All I'm saying is that after creating one of the most original monster movies of any time with the original Japanese version of Gojira, Toho et al watered down the brand with increasingly insipid movies.

As well, after the first few Godilla movies made in Japan, movie makers made the horrible, horrible mistake of 'humanizing' our kaiju (monsters)… giving them personality, sure, but a human personality? Godzilla was turned into a freakish cartoon of itself, rather than a rampaging nuclear weapon screaming about man's uncontrollable use of technologies beyond our scope.

That IS what made the original Gojira movie a winner… and, financially, it is what made the 2014 American reboot a winner.

I just want more of the scaly, bugger, not necessarily more disconnected movies.

Oh well… If the new Toho movie is available in English or English subtitles, I will at least give it a look-see. I like Godzilla enough to do that, which is what I suppose Toho is counting upon.

Andrew Joseph

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