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Japanese studio behind 1954 'Godzilla' plans 2016 Godzilla film

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After the latest American update on the classic Godzilla franchise, it was only a matter of time before the monster’s creators would want to jump back into the fray.

As The Wall Street Journal reports, Japanese studio Toho announced that they are prepping a new Godzilla film for 2016 that will bring the King of Monsters back to his native home of Japan. The last time Toho revived its most famous kaiju was in 2004, for Godzilla: Final Wars.

Little else has been announced about the new project, though it’s no surprise that Toho would want to revisit their original creation, which the studio first introduced in 1954.

Following this year’s Godzilla, which dominated the box office, an American sequel was announced for 2018. The film also helped boost direct Gareth Edwards into a directing role for a new Star Wars film. The four-year gap between releases, however, allows Toho to jump in just as audiences become antsy for another film.

Plus, Toho probably wants to show what a properly slimmed down Godzilla looks like after Japan’s criticisms of this year’s film.