Toho, one of the biggest film companies in Japan and also the creators of Godzilla, are making some bold business decisions. According to a recent interview, the film company is looking to remake some of their classic films or even distribute. In an article from Variety, Toho is interested in distribution internationally.
Primarily, it’s reported that Toho wishes to spread their IPs to the global market to emphasize the strength of the Japanese film industry. This news comes off the heels of the announcement of a new, Japanese made, Godzilla film which is being directed by Shinji Higuchi (Attack on Titan) and co-directed by Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion).
So what could this mean? Well, it could mean that Toho is willing to give the global market a chance at remaking one of their classic films. While the studio never gave whether it’s allowing for remakes, their recent business actions gave us hints at what may be to come.
Now this is pure speculation, but there are some ideas this writer might have on where Toho might be going with this. One of the possible ideas is that we could be receiving more Toho films from their vast library that many westerners have yet to see. Many of these films could either be released directly by the film company or licensed by another company like Sony or Warner Brothers.
The other idea is that Toho, as said in the article, would like to license out their IPs for possible remakes. This might be the strongest idea since the success of the Godzilla movie by Gareth Edwards grossed $529 million dollars last year and with those strong numbers, it wouldn’t be surprising for Toho to want to have other countries get a chance to remake one of their classics. Now, as far as we know, Toho hasn’t said WHICH movies they would like to license out, though it could be speculated that would remake one of their many monster films. Movies like Mothra or Matango or even possibly GunHed could see a remake in years to come but also non-monster films like the famous Seven Samurai could have a chance.
At the end of the day, this is some wonderful news for film fans wanting to see more out of a titan like Toho. When news drops of further developments, we’ll be sure to report it. Let us know in the comments below what kind of Toho films you would like to see remade or re-released.