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Hey, fandom! Jon D. B. here with some exciting news!


Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi and Satomi Ishihara are all three set to star in the film, each of which being big names in Japan’s pop culture. The gorgeous Satomi Ishihara (left) has previously worked on G’16 co-director Shinji Higuchi‘s ATTACK ON TITAN film, and was also a recipient of the Japanese Academy Award for “Best New Actress”. Her co-star, Hiroki Hasegawa (right) also won an Academy Award for “best Newcomer” – so having these two names alone attached to the project is very promising. Even more impressive is famed Japanese actor Yutaka Takenouchi (center), who is also a Japanese Academy Award winner – his being for the coveted “Best Lead Actor”. With this trio of award winners fronting Toho’s Godzilla reboot, we can rest assured they’re pulling out the big guns and not restricting their budget – which is wonderful news for us fans. I think we’re in store for a real treat when this film hits next summer!

We’ve also translated some of this article from SANSPO.com – revealing that the film will indeed be set in modern day Japan, and that at least one of these lead actors – Satomi Ishihara (if not all three) will be playing “Government Officials/Agents” – and that the U.S. will be involved in the story! The modern setting should come as no surprise to those who have been keeping up with the recent filming locations over the past month (metropolitan hot spots in some of Japan’s biggest cities), but early talk of the film possibly being a period-piece remake of the 1954 original can finally be put to rest.

UPDATE: Gomaru Island‘s Facebook page has updated with a full translation stating that “SHIN GOJIRA” is in fact the title of the film! While we await an official confirmation, here is their full translation:

Gormaru Island: Shin Gojira Cast Announcement/Plot Sample/ Shin Gojira IS THE OFFICIAL TITLE *Translations!!*

“Shin Goijra” Plot Samples: The story takes place in modern day Japan that is attacked, and the United States are involved within the chaos.

Hiromi Hasegawa is our male lead character. Hasegawa is an honest and staight-forward kind of guy, leading as the male lead for the movie.

Yutaka Takenouchi plays the role of a government official within an attacked modern day Japan. Takeno states that the 29th Godzilla film, like the 1954 film will be one of the strongest Godzilla films within the series.

Satomi Ishihara plays a US Agent, and the heroine in the movie when swept into the madness.

GODZILLA(2014) has set the height bar at 108 meters, Shin Gojira is expected to exceed that into becoming the largest incarnation of Godzilla.

Executive producer Yamauchi confirms that “Shin Gojira” IS the official movie title.

Behind the title of “Shin Gojira”, as the title indicates, “Shin Gojira” is meant to be an expression of resurrecting the true Godzilla. As this Godzilla will put the fearful “God” rightly in its name.

Anno however states that Shin Gojira also has a variety of meanings, feelings that they invested into the icon and film.

Apparently Shin Gojira started Production since August 10th, shooting in the Kanato suburbs, and plans to end at the end of October.

The decision to join Shin Gojira was seemingly a nervous choice, they felt intense pressure given how big of an icon Godzilla is. But upon reading the script, the cast decided to join. Ishihara apparently shed tears while reading it at home. To her though, the pressure is greater weighed on her because as the heroine of a Godzilla film, she feels greatly responsible in delivering her best.

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‘s Twitter page tweeted the following photos of articles released in Japan and broke the news just minutes ago, toting again the “SHIN GOJIRA” title we’ve seen before. It is still unknown if this is the working title of the film, actual title, or merely what Japan is using to refer to this as the “True Godzilla” movie. Considering its literal translation (which can be “New” or “True” depending on context – there isn’t a direct translation for “Shin” in English), we’re unsure. EDIT: Above update from Gomaru Island has confirmation from the director in their translation that “Shin-Gojira” is in fact the title of the film.)



Stay tuned, as much more news is headed our way as the film heads into heavy production!

Jon D. B.

BREAKING: Toho’s GODZILLA 2016 Begins Filming! Working Title Revealed!

Hey, all! Jon D. B. here with some exciting news indeed!

gomaruG16Gomaru Island has posted a photo to their Facebook page of the first official shooting material for Toho’s upcoming Godzilla film. These casting/shooting papers reveal that A.) Filming has indeed started as scheduled and (much more excitingly) B.) The working title of the film! Gomaru Island and Scified.com have a translated working title for us, and here’s what they have to say:

Japanese news outlets reporting the shoot is happening at the Kamata Railway Station in Tokyo. One in particular reports a flyer with instructions on how to reach the location. Said flyer seems to indicate the film’s working title is Shin Gojira. (Roughly translated to New Godzilla or True Godzilla.)

It’s unlikely this is the actual title of the film. Those who followed Godzilla: Final Wars in 2004 may recall that the working title for that movie was The Godzilla. I’m sure Toho and director/writer Hideaki Anno will come up with something more fitting.

Gomaru Island also has a lot more to add about the shooting and overall state of the project. If you’re a resident of Japan or know anyone who is – tell them to be on the lookout!

Gormaru island: GODZILLA-2016 Mass Shooting September 6th!/EXTRA Deadline

While film photography notices have finally kicked off, the notice of a first big mass-shooting session begins this weekend(Sunday)! Although if you’re living overseas in the west, then that means Saturday since Japan is usually a day ahead in terms of timezones.

This session will close down streets, and all extras attending that day must go to the locations mapped out!

Beyond that, extras can still volunteers, but there’s a set deadline in mid-September. So better hurry if you plan on going to Japan!

In closing, G-fans best expect several loads of shooting-set photos to leak out on the internet this weekend! in the meantime, expect a possible announcement from TOHO declaring G16’s filming real soon!

Many thanks again to Gomaru Island for their excellent reporting, and to Scified.com for elaborating for us! More to come soon and be sure to follow Skreeonk.com’s Facebook Page for all the latest updates!

Jon D. B.


Hey all, Jon D. B. here with a roundup of recent news for the highly-anticipated return of Toho’s most famous creation in 2016!

1gojihoneybonesAfter a long dry spell, production on Toho’s upcoming Godzilla film is finally picking up steam. Well, that may be an unfair statement as it’s really the press who’s finally picking up said steam. The acclaimed studio has been hard at work on this film for over a year now, and we’re just now to the point where the public will be made aware of some behind-the-scenes happenings. This first and most recent article is a good example of this: Toho’s team is still, of course, sworn to secrecy – but the following Associated Press article via ABC News features an excellent chat with special effects legend and co-director of the upcoming picture Shinji Higuchi. Higuchi tells us a lot without spoiling anything for the film, confirming that:

  • 7758880e3b3d4311ab6c38bd7368e1b0_16x9_992The script is now complete!
  • Shooting begins in September 2015
  • His team will be employing “hybrid effects” – a mixture of suitmation, miniatures, and other classic tokusatsu technicques along with modern CGI.
  • He promises the most terrifying Godzilla that Japan’s cutting-edge special-effects movie-making can muster.

Be sure to check out the full interview for more great quotes from the team by clicking this link, or the photo above. Photo and article courtesy of Associated Press.

Scified also brought us some great collector’s news recently, stating that Bandai will be producing new figures for the 2016 Toho film, as well as Legendary’s 2018 film! Both Bandai Japan and Bandai America will be producing brand new lines of vinyls for these two films, with releases scheduled as soon as next year. I would expect a line of 6 inch tagged figures for both films. It is, as I always say – a damn good time to be a fan. The full article can be found by clicking this link, or the image of Bandai Japan’s great 2014 releases below.

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Our good friend August Ragone has also released some tantalizing rumors from his own personal contacts on his blog The Good, The Bad, and Godzilla – citing that we just may be in for a terrifying Godzilla designed by acclaimed illustrator and conceptual designer Mahiro Maeda. Ragone goes on to share some of the artist’s impressive background:

Maeda_Design_blogWord has it that celebrated animator and designer, Mahiro Maeda, has visualized the new Godzilla. Maeda’s long and distinguished career started by working with Anno in 1982 on SUPER DIMENSION FORTRESS MACROSS, followed in 1983 by the famous Daicon IV opening anime film, a mecha designer on ROBOT CARNIVAL (1987), then in 1988 with both Anno and Higuchi on HONEAMISE: THE ROYAL SPACE FORCE and GUNBUSTER: AIM FOR THE TOP, which forged the creation of Gainax.

If true (which all things considered, it certainly looks to be), this is beyond exciting news. If that isn’t enough to get you excited, Ragone’s sources also cite prolific sculptor Takayukia Takeya as the creator of the macquette to be used for the Big G’s latest look. Ragone’s sources also reiterate Shiguchi’s quotes from the past, stating that ““(This new) Godzilla is based on the original (1954 version), but is going to be… frightening.” Yes, please. Be sure to read all of August’s original article here.

This leads us to our last tidbit, where I posted a photo of the excellent Honey Bones Godzilla sculpt on our Facebook page (the same featured at the top of this article) to give people an idea of what the new Godzilla may end up looking like, given all we know now. I am expecting something similar to this design, if not even a bit more radical, nightmarish, and demonic (think Nightmare Gamera from the Heisei Gamera trilogy – all Shiguchi’s work.). The post was met with over thirty comments and well over 100 likes in just a day’s time – so it goes without saying that the interest is 100% there within the fandom to see a truly haunting King of the Monsters… Something we haven’t seen since 1954.


Legendary’s 2014 film was a box office smash, partially thanks to a dynamite marketing campaign – and partly due to it being a genuinely entertaining, well-received entry into the series. The design was a bit radical for some: a bit too stumpy and realistic – yet foreign. Personally, I loved the design for how different and “natural” it was. As a natural history buff, I’ve always wanted to see what Godzilla would truly look like as a towering, lumbering product of nature. What Edward’s team gave us was just that – an enormous, heavy archosaur from the depths of prehistoric oceans. While I do feel they also got his character and demeanor absolutely right – the film itself left a lot to be desired (minimal screentime for the titular monster, lackluster characters across the board outside of Cranston and Watanabe’s roles, etc.). These shortcomings are present in several of Toho’s efforts as well; the franchise has always been a mixed bag of hits and misses. Godzilla was, however, Godzilla in Legendary’s outing. From any angle, you could tell their design was the Big G and not a generic saurian monster. 2016, however, marks the return of GOJIRA – the return of our beloved monster’s heart and soul from a team of craftsman who know him better than anyone else. As hard as any U.S. studio may try – they will never be able to capture the same magic as the tokusatsu masters of Toho, the big guy’s one and only house of birth. To see Godzilla appear once more within a physical, hand-crafted world – Well I don’t know about you, but that makes me incredibly excited.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook for up-to-the minute news releases for these films. We’ve been the first to get many of these stories out there, and will continue to do so! Stay tuned as there’s a lot of exciting stuff headed our way!

Jon D. B.