Guess who is returning home to Japan thanks to the success of an American reboot? That’s right, the Big Green himself, Godzilla, or Gojira to his hometown fans. With the massive success of Gareth Edwards‘ 2014 American reboot, which was a thousand times better than Roland Emmerich‘s awful 1998 version, Toho has decided to bring back the behemoth monster home in 2016.
Godzilla 2016 was announced a few days ago in Tokyo with the major announcement that the team of Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi will be co-directing Big Green’s return to Japan. For those unfamiliar with either name, Anno is a famous anime artist who is known as the creator of one of the greatest sci-fi anime series made, Neon Genesis Evangelion. Higuchi is a special effects wizard who had also worked as a storyboard artist of various anime, including the aforementioned Evangelion. He made his directorial debut with the film Lorelei: The Witch of the Pacific Ocean, released in 2005. Higuchi also directed the upcoming live action adaptation of the popular manga and anime Attack on Titan.
Godzilla’s last appearance in Japan was in 2004 with the 50th Anniversary film, Godzilla: Final Wars, directed by Ryuhei Kitamura. Originally, it was supposed to have been the big send-off for Godzilla, but now with the 2014 American reboot doing so well, they are ready to bring Godzilla home.
In the meantime, Toho will still work with Gareth Edwards on his 2017-set sequel Godzilla 2. Edwards tossed hints that famous monsters Mothra, Rodan, and Kind Ghidorah will appear in the sequel.
Meanwhile, Godzilla 2016 will come to Japan next year (big surprise considering the title :D)