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Hey all, Jon D. B. here with the biggest news we’ve had as of late for Toho’s highly-anticipated return to the Godzilla franchise.

0000kjhOur friends over at Gomaru Island on Facebook are always on top of things, and have updated us on Shin-Gojira‘s current progress. The film has wrapped live-action filming for their “human cast”, and will now move on to post-production where co-director and tokusatsu special effects maestro Shinji Higuchi will bring the new Godzilla to life! While it may seem alarming that the film only shot for a few months this fall, this is typical for effects-heavy films of this kind. The last Godzilla film, Legendary’s GODZILLA – shot for a similarly short period of time. The bulk of that film’s production schedule was designated to the incredible effects housed within.

Gomaru Island has more great tidbits translated for us:

Gormaru Island: Shin Gojira Ends Live Filming. What Now?

Live filming, film production of live action, or principal cinematography has ended for Shin Gojira.

Basically for those who aren’t clear, the filming of live actors, camera rolling on set, filming extras. All of this has wrapped up officially. Along with her involvement with the film. She enjoyed the experience very much. Parts of Ishihara Satomi’s recents tweets informed this.

00000uhgfSo you know what that means. All that remains now is adding in the special effects, and obviously of course adding Godzilla into the film. Excitement!
So where do we go from here? Well, we progress to the semi-finals. Teasing images of Godzilla’s design, posters, potential teaser trailers, and lastly, a release date. Once we have the release date, then we’re all in the grand finals.

Godzilla’s Birthday Festival starts tomorrow, as it’s already November 1st in Japan, close to being 1PM in the afternoon over there. Rumors are flying that on the 3rd, Shin Gojira’s information banning will be lifted. Spilling new information for all about the movie.

Of course this is just a rumor, but the possibility itself is not unlikely, so keep an eye out. Something about Shin Gojira could surface.

Sounds to us like the “press-ban” on Shin-Gojira will be lifted this week, and we’ll be hit with a lot of new information all at once. Fingers crossed for a Goji-Design reveal… but something tells us we will be teased with glimpses of the new Godzilla over time; it may be a while before we see any sort of full-on reveal. Perhaps an official poster will hit this week? Stay tuned to find out!

Jon D. B.


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.