An anime movie starring Toho’s kaiju icon Godzilla is in production, titled simply Godzilla, and with a script by Puella Magi Madoka Magica‘s Gen Urobuchi. It’s now been announced that the movie will stream globally on Netflix this year, after its Toho theatrical release in Japan. We’re glad we’ll be seeing this one so close to its domestic release, as Urobuchi is sure to do something special with the city-stomping monster. But while we wait for a specific date, here’s some more concept art from the anime’s official Twitter.
Though their roles are yet to be revealed, the stars are certainly out for this movie:
Yuki Kaji (Attack on Titan‘s Eren Jaeger)
Takahiro Sakurai (Code Geass‘ Suzaku)
Mamoru Miyano (Death Note‘s Light)
Junichi Suwabe (Fate/stay night‘s Archer)
Kana Hanazawa (Nisekoi‘s Kosaki Onodera)
Tomokazu Sugita (Gintama‘s Gintoki)
Before launching the official website back in August, Urobuchi started teasing the project, posting on Twitter that the new work he’d been preparing in secret for 16 months would be announced that day. He continued “Even now it’s an unbelievable and shocking project. I’m so excited that I can’t work because my hands won’t stop fidgeting!”.
The film is slated to open in 2017. Kobun Shizuno, of several Detective Conan and Fist of the North Star movies, is directing beside Hiroyuki Seshita of Knights of Sidonia at POLYGON PICTURES.
Toho’s latest Godzilla movie Shin Godzilla (Godzilla Resurgence) opened in Japan on July 29th, directed by Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno. The first film in the live-action franchise was released in 1954, and all 29 films have collectively sold over 100 million tickets in Japan. Godzilla has also inspired two western animated series, one from Hanna-Barbera in 1978, while the other was framed as a follow-up to the 1998 Hollywood Godzilla. The great lizard made his first anime appearance in Crayon Shin-chan on July 22nd, but this upcoming project will be his first animated film to date.