Japanese filmmakers Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi are teaming to co-direct “Godzilla 2016,” the new Japanese reboot of the iconic “Godzilla” franchise at Toho.
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.”
Anno worked on the animation of Hayao Miyazaki’s “Nausicaa in the Valley of Wind,” helmed the anime “Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water” and created the legendary “Neon Genesis Evangelion” franchise. Higuchi made his feature directing debut on 2005’s “Lorelei: The Witch of the Pacific Ocean”.
In a statement, Toho says: “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”.
Toho licensed remake rights to Warner Bros. for Gareth Edwards’ 2014 Hollywood revival which earned half a billion worldwide.