For a 60+ year old giant lizard monster, Godzilla is looking good. The big guy came back strong (and larger than ever) in Legendary’s Godzilla (2014) directed by Gareth Edwards, and he’s expected to return for its 2019 sequel (though Edwards will not). After that, he’s due to square off against longtime rival, King Kong – fresh off his return in Kong: Skull Island – in a 2020 film aptly titled – Godzilla vs Kong. And currently, back in this homeland of Japan, the King of the Monsters is blowing up the box office with a new movie from original Godzilla studio, Toho called Godzilla: Resurgence.
This green machine just isn’t showing any signs of slowing down! Next for Godzilla is an animated comeback in a new movie from Polygon Studios – the same studio responsible for animating Transformers: Prime. Written by Gen Urobuchi and directed by Kobun Shizuno, details about the new anime film are slim. However, judging from the released concept art (see below), it appears to follow a team of scientists/adventurers who find themselves in some undiscovered land where, presumably, Godzilla lurks out there in the mist.
The Godzilla animated movie’s official website for the project went live today (at the time of writing this), but as of yet there’s no official title for the anime movie. You can check out that artwork below, in the meantime.
This film is by no means Godzilla’s first foray into animation, having starred in two American cartoons – Hanna-Barbara’s Godzilla in the 1970s and the cartoon sequel to Sony’s 1998 Godzilla film – and a short anime series in where Godzilla and other Kaiju appeared as far cuter, “chibi” versions of themselves titled Godzilla Island. However, none of these programs were what fans would call “faithful” adaptations, aimed more at children for the purpose of selling toys and merchandise than anything else.
Polygon’s Godzilla film should prove to be more in line with what fans expect of the franchise, with a team of scientists either unexpectedly discovering the creature or seeking it out on purpose, followed by them crossing paths with the King of Monsters – which is, of course, when things get messy. And bringing Godzilla to life through animation is very promising, leaving animators unrestricted when it comes to the action and spectacle. In the past, whether it was through practical effects (like the famed rubber suits) or CGI, convincingly portraying a beast of Godzilla’s massive size has been tricky, and especially when the story calls for him to do battle with another monster, like Mothra or Ghidorah.
And as to whether any of those other Kaiju will also appear, there’s no official word – but hey, it’s animation, anything is possible.
The Godzilla animated film will release in 2017. Kong: Skull Island opens in U.S. theaters on March 10, 2017, followed by Godzilla 2 on March 22, 2019, and Godzilla vs. Kong on May 29, 2020.
Source: Polygon Studios [via Comic Book]