And following on from the previous news post, here’s more ‘cinematic universe” stuff. We know that Legendary Pictures are turning their Godzilla franchise into a full-on cinematic universe called the MonsterVerse which so far includes 2014’s Godzilla remake and Kong: Skull Island. Up next are Godzilla 2 in which the Big G will be joined by fellow monsters Mothra, King Ghidorah and Rodan, and then Godzilla Vs King Kong
Well it now seems that Japan’s Toho Studios, the original home of Godzilla, is not going to follow up Shin Godzilla and is instead planning its own cinematic universe. Their deal with Warner Bros. and Legendary means they can’t do much until 2021, but they’re planning on opening the floodgates once they’re able to. Said Toho’s Keiji Ota to ‘Nikkei Style’ this week:
“After 2021, we’re thinking of a potential strategy that releases Godzilla movies uninterrupted at a rate of every two years, although there is a preference for a yearly pace as well. 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 world view much like a Marvel movie where Iron Man and the Hulk can crossover with each other.”
It seems that many Godzilla fans are excited by this, though to be honest it doesn’t sound that different from what Toho did back in the late 1950’s/1960’s, where some monsters had their own film before turning up in a Godzilla film or two to aid or hinder him.