Toho Co. has largely hit pause on homemade live-action Godzilla movies since Shin Godzilla in 2016 although they were generous since that time with animated content between the Netflix anime trilogy and Singular Point.
But the restful period may be over as a new kaiju film from the storied Japanese studio is entering production and it’s believed to be a Godzilla movie.
Twitter’s Kaiju News Outlet reports that Toho is seeking extras for this new project – filming next month under the direction of Lupin III: The First filmmaker Takashi Yamazaki – which takes place in the 1940s.
As KNO notes, the casting call went out over Toho’s Godzilla+ app – a prime indication that this quickly developing movie involves the Big G in some way.
It’s also being reported the untitled film is shooting under the working title “The Great War of Archimedes.” If accurate, this is an obvious misdirection since Archimedes is a maritime historical adventure/drama Yamazaki made in 2019.
What may actually be the case, according to Japan’s branch of The Huffington Post, Yamazaki is trying to create a “masterpiece monster movie” that could be a remake of the original Gojira.
Having put a Godzilla scene in his award-winning 2006 picture Always: Sunset on Third Street, Yamazaki said, “Godzilla can only be released in the Showa Era.”
Anyone who’s seen one or all of the seminal Godzilla movies released between 1984 and now would disagree, but that’s our biggest hint Yamazaki, who is a huge Goji fan, is making a Godzilla movie that he is endeavoring to line up with the spirit of the series.
On the flip side, we can’t fully confirm Yamazaki and Toho are working on a Godzilla movie despite the above being said. Whatever the project really is, production will wend all the way to June so it is a kaiju-level undertaking.