Hideaki Anno, co-founder of Gainax and best known as the creator of Neon Genesis Evangelion, recently voiced he was content directing one Godzilla film. Anno commented on the prospect of returning, “I'm good. It'd be more interesting if they changed directors. Toho won't let me do it. There'd be a lot of difficulties."
Anno didn't address the specific difficulties that he would have, nor why Toho supposedly won't “let him do it,” but he did assure Evangelion fans that the final film of the Rebuild of Evangelion series is coming. “"I'll work hard on it,” he said, “As a matter of fact, I'm already working hard on it."
When asked if a Shin Godzilla sequel was in the cards, he simply brushed, "It's not for me to decide. Ask Toho." The film's lead actor and supporting stars, who were also present for the screening, expressed a great desire to return for a sequel. “I want to do [a sequel],” said Hiroki Hasegawa, who play's Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Rando Yaguchi, who pushes through outdated rules to discover Godzilla's weakness, “Watching it with the audience was the only time I felt that the movie was really done. There was such a sense of unity that I didn't feel it was me acting on the screen, and that was really fun.”
A sequel to Shin Godzilla has yet to be announced, but the film is currently Toho's highest grossing Godzilla film. As of this past Sunday it made $63.8 million to become the highest grossing Japanese film of the year, and #4 highest grossing film in Japan for 2016. It has an attendance of 4.5 million which is the highest since 1965's Monster Zero, aka, Invasion of Astro-Monster. Although an animated Godzilla feature by Polygon is in the works, due to Shin Godzilla's success, a sequel seems all but assured.
Shin Godzilla hits North American theaters for a limited run, October 11, 2016.
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This article was written By G. H. (Gman) and published on 2016-09-16 09:30:45
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