Godzilla 2016: More American and Japanese Movies of the Iconic Monster

Japanese filmmakers Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuch will team up to co-direct “Godzilla 2016”, the new Japanese version of the Godzilla monster movie franchise.

Toho studio, which licensed remake rights to Warner for the hit 2014 revival by director Gareth Edwards, produced “Godzilla: Final Wars” back in 2004, which was a commercial disappointment.

Interest was revived by Edward’s 2014 “Godzilla,” which earned $525 million worldwide and JPY3.2 billion ($26 million) in Japan.

“Ever since Hollywood announced that ‘Godzilla’ was to be resurrected, the expectation for another Japanese Godzilla grew. And if we were to newly produce, we looked into Japanese creators who were the most knowledgeable and who had the most passion for Godzilla” said Toho in a statement.

Anno will also be responsible for the screenplay while Higuchi will oversee the picture’s VFX.

The two directors previously collaborated on “God Warrior Appears in Tokyo.” “Their drive to take on such new challenges was exactly what we all had been inspired by,” said Toho.

Anno worked on the animation of Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli-produced “Nausicaa in the Valley of Wind.” He later directed anime series including “Gunbuster,” “Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water” and the “Neon Genesis Evangelion” series for which he is best most known.

Edwards has been signed to make “Godzilla 2,” which is set for a June 8, 2018, with Legendary and Warner again co-producing.

Toho has produced 28 Godzilla movies since 1954 when Ishiro Honda directed the first.