After Warner Bros.' Godzilla became a huge sensation at the box office in 2014, the Japanese company that started the original franchise, Toho, decided to move forward with their own new movie. While we don't know when it will hit theaters in the United States, Godzilla: Resurgence will arrive in Japanese theaters July 29, and today we learned that Toho has some monstrous plans to promote this homegrown reboot. For fans in Japan, you can actually see what a "real" Godzilla footprint looks like.
Cinema Today reports that Toho commissioned artists to create a Godzilla footprint on Hokkaido island, which measures 22 meters long and 22 meters wide. The artwork is part of the "Ishikari Beach Sand Park 2016" event that runs between June 18th and July 10th at Asobichi Ishikari. It isn't known how long it took to create this massive creature's footprint, or who was responsible for this piece.
Toho still has a deal with Warner Bros. that allows the studio to make Godzilla movies domestically, while Toho is still allowed to make their own sequels in Japan. Godzilla: Resurgence not only won't be tied to the new American version, but also will be a reboot of their own Godzilla universe. The studio hasn't formally announced plans for a follow-up to Godzilla: Resurgence, and we don't know for sure if there are plans for a U.S. release for the movie.
Satomi Ishihara, Hiroki Hasegawa, Alex Hormigo and Yutaka Takenouchi star in Godzilla: Resurgence, but nothing is known about their characters at this time. Very little is known about the plot thus far, aside from the fact that Godzilla wreaks havoc upon an unsuspecting Japanese city. Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi were announced as the directors back in April 2015, with the filmmakers working from Hideaki Anno's script. Production begain back in Septmeber.
Toho has released 28 Godzilla movies since the 1954 original classic, directed by Ishirô Honda. The studio last released Godzilla: Final Wars back in 2004, and licensed the rights to Godzilla to Warner Bros. for director Gareth Edwards' remake, which earned $525 million worldwide, $26 million of which came from Japanese markets. Check out this photo of the "real" Godzilla footprint in Japan, and stay tuned for more on Godzilla Resurgence.