Shin Godzilla swept the Japanese version of the Academy Awards in 2016, breaking many of the countries cinematic records. Despite the tremendous success of the film, the folks at Toho have scrapped plans for a direct Shin sequel in favor of producing a shared universe of the studios’ monsters. Dread Central reported the news:
Keiji Ota, Toho’s Chief Godzilla Officer: “The future of the series and its forwarding developments are very conscious of the method of “shared universe”. Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah, etc. could all share a single worldview much like a Marvel movie where Iron Man and the Hulk can crossover with each other. It is said that each movie can be a possible film production where any one of them could lead a film of their own as the titular character.”
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Hmm, sounds almost exactly like what Legendary is doing with the American Godzilla reboot launched in 2014; that franchise now includes King Kong with plans to bring Rodan and King Ghidorah into the fold in the upcoming installments Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Godzilla vs Kong. Shared universes are all the rage.
What do you think of Toho’s plans to shelve a direct sequel to Shin Godzilla in favor of a shared monster-verse? Sound off in the Comments section! And, for kicks, check out the trailer and synopsis for Shin Godzilla below.
Official Synopsis: Japan is plunged into chaos when a skyscraper-sized lizard monster rises from the deep of Tokyo Bay and lays waste to Tokyo.
Shin Godzilla is directed by Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi; the film stars Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, and Satomi Ishihara.