Death, taxes and Godzilla: These things are certainties in life. For the last 70 years, the King of the Monsters has consistently made appearances on the Silver Screen in nearly 40 films. And the latest movie in the franchise, Godzilla Minus One, is arguably the best. Unfortunately, though, writer and director Takashi Yamazaki didn’t have much good news to offer fans when he was asked if Toho Co., Ltd. is planning a sequel to Minus One. Yamazaki said during an interview with Hobby Japan Web (HJ Web):
“No, no, there is no such talk at all. But I might be a little sad if someone else is chosen to direct the next Godzilla movie. When someone says, ‘This is the person who will direct the next Godzilla,’ I think, ‘Ah!’ And when someone says, ‘Please do it,’ I think, ‘Ah!’ (laughs). If I were to direct the next movie, I would like to do a sequel to this one, but since there have been two standalone Godzilla movies in a row, I think the next movie will probably have to include an enemy monster.”
The tradition of Gojira facing off against another kaiju began with the second installment in the franchise way back in 1955. The King of the Monsters ended up fighting Anguirus in Godzilla Raids Again. Anguirus is a giant monster that resembles the armored dinosaur known as an Ankylosaurus.
Disney and Warner Brothers, take note. Godzilla Minus One holds the key to your future blockbuster films.
In addition to director Takashi Yamazaki’s disappointing update about a Godzilla Minus One follow-up, Toho Co., Ltd. says they won’t rush a sequel because the studio wants to make another memorable installment in Gojira’s film franchise. However, the success of Minus One prompted Toho to rerelease the movie in a special black-and-white format (Godzilla Minus One Minus Color). And according to the director, Minus One’s rewatchability is quite high. Yamazaki said in the same interview:
“Well, I think you’ll discover something new every time you watch this work, so be sure to check out the camouflage of the heavy cruiser Takao again [laughs]. Hobby Japan’s readers, who are mostly people of the same generation as myself and who make plastic models, are the target audience I want to see the most, and they are my virtual audience.”
“If you make a movie with these virtual audiences in mind, it will definitely be better. So, if there are people who haven’t seen it yet, they’ll criticize me and say, ‘You haven’t seen it yet!?’ (laughs) I said, `I’m making this for you guys, so please definitely watch it.’”
At the time of this writing, Godzilla Minus One continues to rampage at the box office for Toho with a worldwide take of $102.6 million.
Godzilla Minus One Minus Color is now playing in theaters.