Thursday, April 2, 2015

Toho's New Godzilla To Be Written By Evangelion's Hideaki Anno?

It might sound like the setup for an April Fool's Day prank or a 'two guys walk into a bar' joke, but apparently it's very much a reality – AnimeNewsNetwork has reported that Hideaki Anno of Neon Genesis Evangelion fame will be helming Toho's upcoming Godzilla reboot as both it's writer and it's chief director.

The new film, which will be directed by Shinji Higuchi who is also working on the upcoming Attack on Titan live-action films in Japan, is slated to be the parent company Toho's own take on the Godzilla franchise in modern day, and likely won't be connected to Legendary's take on the character in any way – though if 2004's 'Godzilla: Final Wars' is any indication, Toho could certainly make a reference to the US film, whether good or bad.

Neither man is any stranger to kaiju (or 'giant monster') films as both are not only big fans of the genre, but Higuchi himself worked on the 1984 Godzilla, as well as having worked on the more recent Gamera film trilogy. Higuchi vows to “deliver the greatest and worst nightmare to everyone”, which sounds as if this Godzilla film will also be aiming for something more 'dire' and serious than a lot of the later Godzilla films became.

Having only known Anno's work through the newer Evangelion films, I can't say this news excites me very much, but it does have my interest peaked. Let's hope it turns out for the best!

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