Ironically it's the success of the new Hollywood Godzilla that's prompted the revival of the old one. Having raked in half a billion dollars in worldwide box office, Edward's Godzilla has been viewed in Japan as something of a gauntlet.
"The time has come," says Toho producer Taichi Ueda, "for Japan to make a film that will not lose to Hollywood." He also suggests there's a further impetus – the intention is to create a new Godzilla that "will represent Japan and be loved around the world" by the time of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
There's no production team in place yet, let alone a screenplay. But there is a committee of studio executives and directors forming a Godzilla Strategic Conference to plan how to move forward. So far they have decided to build a statue in Shinjuku.
That should have risen by next April, while the film itself – Toho's 29th Godzilla outing – has been earmarked for shooting next summer and a 2016 release.
Gareth Edwards's second Godzilla, meanwhile, is due out in June, 2018.