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‘Shin Godzilla’ Sequel Cannot Be Made Until After 2020

Don’t expect a new Toho Godzilla film any time soon.

With Legendary knee deep in their “MonsterVerse” and Toho recently releasing Shin Godzilla, you may be wondering what’s going on with the rights to the Godzilla character.

As it turns out, Legendary inked a multi-year deal with Toho that will allow them to make upcoming films Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Godzilla vs. Kong… but that’s only one end of the deal.

Shin Godzilla co-director Shinji Higuchi made crystal clear sense of the deal during his Q&A at G-Fest XXIV over the weekend, bumming out the entire crowd when he revealed that the parntership with Legendary means that Toho can’t make another Godzilla film until AFTER 2020.

“A lot of people have questions. ‘When is the next Japanese Godzilla movie coming out?’ They cannot make it until after 2020,” Higuchi told the G-Fest audience.

In other words, Toho has to wait until Legendary finishes Godzilla vs. Kong (set for a 2020 release) before they can begin work on either a Shin Godzilla sequel or any film featuring Godzilla. At this time, we have no idea what plans will be post-2020, but Higuchi did note that he’d gladly direct another Godzilla movie if asked.

Meanwhile, Shin Godzilla is headed to Stateside home video on August 1st.

Jump forward to the 12:00 mark for the full story behind the deal, which led to Shin Godzilla being rushed into production so as not to clash with Legendary’s projects.



  • Grimphantom

    Aw man… least we are getting more Godzilla movies later on.

    • MODOK

      Plus a de facto Godzilla movie with Rampage.

  • JoeInTheBox

    I’m not sure, story-wise, you can do another Shin Godzilla movie, considering the ending. Maybe go in a completely different direction, or reboot again?

    • Neto Ribeiro

      I think the ending is very open to sequels

      • Saturn

        Indeed – I suspect that perhaps the mighty G will have to be woken once more to battle King G.

        • Ranzoid

          It might go in a Aliens/Starship troopers direction…which would be very interesting.

      • Kris Dennewitz

        yep with the zoom in on the end of his tail they have to have a sequel in mind!

  • Keith Sunkes

    awwwww, to bad, so sowwwwy

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    Eh, no biggie. Toho has put Godzilla to rest for at least 10 years more than once. 3 to 4 ain’t no thing.

  • Francesco Falciani

    At least we’ll have a lot of Godzilla in the next years.

  • I adored Shin, so this is a bit of a bummer. I’m still excited to see what Legendary has up their sleeves, but I really can’t wait to see a continuation of the Toho story.

    • NixEclips

      There’s never a guarantee Toho will continue a storyline. They change shit up all the time. But that sequel would be dark as hell and awesome.

  • Douglas Kaiser

    Don’t forget we’re still going to get a trilogy of Godzilla anime from Toho, starting with Godzilla: Monster Planet in November.

  • I Am Colossus

    I’ll watch anything with Godzilla in it, I thought Shin Godzilla looked so stupid….still watched it….there is no bad news here, give me gargantuan monsters beating the shit out of each other

  • Ranzoid

    I like the premise of Shin, trying to do a Godzilla film as a realistic disaster movie reflecting the 2011 earthquake.

  • zombie84_41

    Kind of lame that we gotta wait so long for a TOHO one but fuck we will be having godzilla for years anyways.

  • NixEclips

    Not surprised. Money became the motivating factor for Toho to make Godzilla films over art. That’s some good Legendary money, I guess.

  • Cameron

    Or they’re waiting on Hideaki Anno to be done the 4th Evangelion movie, which makes more sense considering Toho micromanages even the design process of the Legendary movies.

  • Cary David Hoffson

    At least we are getting godzilla on blue ray on August 1,2017 to buy

  • Merry Miller Moon

    We were at GFest!!!!

  • Kris Dennewitz

    you can watch it now with English dubbing on Amazon. I bought it for $19.99 and just finished watching it!

  • wombat

    Ah geeze, 2020 is a long while, ESPECIALLY after the movie ends on what is basically a cliffhanger.

    • OnewiththeForce

      Eh. I can wait, especially since the cliffhanger was one of the lamest reveals I’ve ever seen

      • Carlos Marques

        It’s not a clifhanger, it’s an open ended ending. Godzilla was splitting into multiple organisms because he realized that teamwork is far more effective. That’s one of the messages of the film, even if something god like shows up, we humans can overcome it.

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