The very first Japanese animated "Godzilla" film is set to be released next year, following the live-action "Shin Godzilla," which is currently being shown in Japan.
According to Geek, the animated film is likely to be computer generated. Polygon Pictures, which is known for CG projects, is in charge of animation. The screenplay is written by Gen Urobuchi ("Psycho Pass") and directed by Kobun Shizuno ("Detective Conan") and Hiroyuki Seshita ("Knights of Sidonia").
"For a Japanese creator, it is the highest honor to be associated with the Godzilla name," said Urobuchi, as quoted on Japan Today. "I am putting all of my efforts into meeting the audience's expectations."
The Japanese publication does not expect the animated film to be light, since Urobuchi is known as a serious scriptwriter. Similarly, the current "Shin Godzilla," directed by Hideaki Annon, has been given a more serious note. Japan Today compares it to his "Evangelion" anime project.
The "Godzilla" animated movie is also expected to feature a more futuristic setting, based on the teaser image on the official website. While it does not show the main character, it features what looks like the side of a huge metallic spacecraft, with three people looking out across the landscape from a cliff.
The kaijū (strange beast or monster) science fiction anime film is the 32nd movie in the franchise and the 30th from Toho. The Guinness Book of World Records certified Godzilla in 2014 as the longest continuous running movie franchise, with the first film released in 1954.
On a related note, a Godzilla-King Kong crossover titled "Godzilla vs. Kong" is set to be released in 2020. This is a joint project of Toho and Legendary Pictures, to be distributed by Warner Bros.
The "Godzilla" animated movie, produced by Toho, will be released in Japan in 2017.