When it comes to national icons, there’s nothing more famous in Japan than a giant fire-breathing radioactive lizard with a distinctive roar and a signature pose. That’s right, Godzilla… the rubber suit Godzilla is as famous as haiku, if not moreso, and is infinitely more recognizable to the average person on the street. Despite Hollywood’s many attempts to portray the lizard, both the good Gareth Edwards version and the bad Matthew Broderick version, big G just can’t be killed, and it looks like the original Godzilla will be making a come back in a big way. Famous kaiju movie company Toho is getting back into the Godzilla game.
This will be Toho’s first Godzilla flick since 2010’s Godzilla: Final Wars. With the Olympics coming to Tokyo in 2020, it seems like a great chance to reboot Godzilla and bring him back to prominence, both in his own country and around the world. In true Toho fashion, it wouldn’t be a press release without throwing a little shade, and Hollywood–as usual–is the target. Specifically, the $200 million budget on the Hollywood Godzilla (which was co-produced by Toho).
“The time has come for Japan to make a film that will not lose to Hollywood,” said producer Taichi Ueda.
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