Can Shin Godzilla star in new movies without director Hideaki Anno?
Since first making landfall in the 1950s, Godzilla has remained one of the most notable giant monsters ever to hit the big screen. The last time The Lizard King arrived in Japanese theaters, the creator of Neon Genesis Evangelion, Hideaki Anno, introduced kaiju fans to a very different iteration of the King of the Monsters. With Toho confirming that a new Godzilla the film will be released next year with Anno in the director’s chair, will the new film bring back the universe’s version of Shin or take it in a new direction?
Toho helped celebrate Godzilla Day earlier this week, with the special date marking the anniversary of the popular kaiju’s first release in theaters in 1954. The new film has been confirmed to arrive on November 3 next year., with Lupine III: The First director Takahashi Yamazaki helming the project. Other than that release date and a new logo for the kaiju movie, details regarding which story or iteration of Godzilla will be used are yet to be guessed. The “Shin” version may not make a comeback, despite its first film ending in a teased sequel that could spell doom for Japanese citizens.
Godzilla: To Shine or Not to Shine
Ever since Hideaki Anno introduced the terrifying new version of Godzilla, the creature has made appearances outside of the big screen, perhaps most notably at Universal Studios Japan where the Lizard King battled Neon Genesis Evangelion’s NERV pilots in a wild crossover. Anno himself was far from done with the Shin universe, however, as the two ShinUltraman and Rider Shin Kamen seek to spread out over the world. The former has already made waves in theaters in Japan and the latter is set to arrive next March, several months ahead of this new ‘Zilla’ movie.
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Although barely confirmed, the “Shin Universe” has released artwork and promotional material that sees Godzilla, Kamen Rider, Ultraman, and even EVA Unit 01 all side-by-side, with many believing a “Shin Crossover” could eventually reach the big screen. . Perhaps Yamazaki is working on expanding Shin Godzilla due to Anno’s heavy workload, although nothing has been revealed about this idea.
Prior to shin godzillathe last film featuring the live-action Kaiju was from 2004 Godzilla: Final Wars, so it is also possible that this new film will also revisit the old universe. With Legendary Pictures currently working on the sequel to the hit crossover, Godzilla vs. Kong, it’s the perfect time to be a giant monster fan.