When director Adam Wingard was given the keys to Godzilla vs. Kong, he wasn’t just dealing with the folks at Legendary Pictures – he also had to interact with the team at Toho Studios, which owns the rights to the Godzilla character. And according to the director, Toho had a very specific restriction in place for what Godzilla could and could not do. But Wingard, that crafty devil, managed to convince them to break their own rule. Read More »
When Godzilla vs. Kong roars onto HBO Max and storms into U.S. theaters on March 31, it will mark the first full-fledged crossover in the seven-year cycle of shared-universe monster movies from Legendary Pictures. The current MonsterVerse is young, but for its giant denizens, it’s merely the latest chapter in the history of two long-running, closely intertwined film franchises. Both Godzilla and Kong lay claim to the title of “king,” which puts them immediately at odds, and it wouldn’t be a fight unless you had spectators choosing sides, rooting for one of them to come out on top.
Let’s not forget, however, that they share some DNA, having both shaken loose from the same family tree in the jungles of The Lost World. Kong was born first, in 1933. He was 21 and old enough to buy alcohol by the time his kaiju cousin arrived in 1954. You can tell Godzilla looked up to him (and down to other beasts 20,000 fathoms below). All you have to do is go back and watch the original King Kong and Godzilla movies back-to-back.
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Hayao Miyazaki‘s unparalleled 2001 anime classic Spirited Away is getting the stage play treatment. Studio Ghibli’s Oscar-winning film (titled Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi in Japan) is being adapted into stage production by Toho, which aims to premiere the play in 2022.
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At 8:55 a.m. on a Friday in the Tokyo suburbs, I sat down at my local Toho Cinemas multiplex to watch Godzilla: King of the Monsters. It was a fitting location to be in: first, because Godzilla destroyed landmarks from this very city in his first movie appearance back in 1954, and second, because the Toho chain of theaters is a subsidiary of the company behind Godzilla. Its theater in Shinjuku — the last stop on the train line where I live — is even situated in a building that is topped with a life-size Godzilla head. A couple of days later, I would commune with the spirit of Godzilla at an 8th-floor terrace cafe with a direct view of the head, before going downstairs to rewatch the movie and takes some notes.
In November of this year, Godzilla will celebrate his 65th birthday. Right now, he’s still averaging one new movie every two years here on his original stomping grounds. Toho’s homegrown series of Japanese Godzilla films boasts thirty-two entries alone. There was a record break of twelve years between Godzilla: Final Wars (2004) and Shin Godzilla (2016). However, with the latter film, plus Netflix’s anime Godzilla trilogy and two recent Legendary Pictures productions, the King of Monsters has been enjoying a global resurgence as of late.
Now, in Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Hollywood has assembled its very own all-star kaiju flick, which draws from Toho tradition to present what USA Today called “the Avengers of giant creature features.” For the first time in an American movie, the gang’s all here: not just Godzilla, but also King Ghidorah, Mothra, and Rodan. Their appearance in King of the Monsters is informed by past appearances in Toho films, so if you’ve seen the movie and are curious to dive deeper into its ocean of references, then prepare to embark on a spoilery submarine expedition through Toho history.
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The Japanese studio behind Godzilla is planning to expand to Hollywood. Toho, the movie group responsible for the creation of the iconic giant lizard, is expanding a subsidiary in the U.S. with the goal of working more with Hollywood. This may put in question the fate of Legendary’s mammoth MonsterVerse, the first series of Godzilla films to be completely produced by a Hollywood Studio. Read More »
Toho is creating their own Godzilla shared universe. Not to be confused with Legendary Entertainment’s MonsterVerse, Toho’s shared universe will launch after Toho’s deal with Warner Bros. and Legendary comes to a close after 2021.
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The anime film Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters opened in some territories today, but it won’t be the last animated adventure of everyone’s favorite kaiju. Toho Studios is currently developing two Planet of the Monsters sequels, with the intent to create a Godzilla anime trilogy. In other words, Godzilla will continue his never-ending reign of destruction for the foreseeable future.
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Posted on Friday, December 11th, 2015 by Angie Han
It’s been a year and a half since Gareth Edwards brought Godzilla back to the big screen, and it’s gonna be another two and a half years before the sequel hits theaters. But if you just can’t wait that long for your giant monster fix, Toho — the creature’s original creators — has got you covered.
The Japanese company has just put out the first teaser trailer for Godzilla: Resurgence, which is exactly what it sounds like: a resurgence of the dormant franchise. It’s not part of the same “universe” as Edwards’ movies for Legendary, but that shouldn’t take away from the appeal of watching him lay an entire city to waste. Watch the Godzilla: Resurgence teaser trailer after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 by Angie Han
After the jump:
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- Optimus Prime says Transformers 5 and 6 might be less dark
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- James Wan‘s The Conjuring 2 is getting a rewrite
- Check out the first poster for Toho’s Godzilla reboot
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Posted on Monday, December 8th, 2014 by Angie Han
Following the success of Legendary’s Godzilla reboot, the company behind the original Godzilla is getting back in the game. Japan’s Toho has announced its own Godzilla movie to open in 2016, two years ahead of Legendary’s Godzilla reboot sequel. Hit the jump for more details on the new Toho Godzilla movie. Read More »