Netflix has unveiled a new project that will be available on the streaming site at a later date. The title of the project is Gamera: Rebirth, and it is the first film to star a traditional Japanese monster since 2006.
Fans were caught off guard by the sudden announcement of the new project, the nature of which is yet unknown but may take the form of a movie, a television series, or a special; nonetheless, the recent poster art and even a small teaser video released by Netflix have already piqued people’s interest.
It is important to note that filmmaker Shusuke Kaneko, who was responsible for directing the Gamera movie trilogy that was released in the 1990s, has shown his complete support for the project. The news was made official today.
“When I came up with the idea for Reiwa Gamera and made a proposal, Kadokawa was already working on a new project,” he added. “When I came up with the idea for Reiwa Gamera and made a proposal” (translated form Japanese).
“If you want to look at it from my perspective, I’m like a baseball pundit with expertise as a Gamera team manager, and I’d like to back the team until it takes home the championship,” he continued.
The three films directed by Shusuke Kaneko were met with overwhelming acclaim at their initial release and have since gone on to become fan favorites among those who are passionate about Gamera.
It is not obvious whether the filmmaker will be involved in any way in the new project, but the fact that he is demonstrating his support for the resurrection of Gamera is a very major deal for fans of the brand.
Gamera, the Giant Monster was the first film to introduce audiences to the character of Gamera, who is a giant turtle that breathes fire, has rocket legs, and is both the protector of the universe and a friend to all children. The film was released in 1965.
The character established himself as a mainstay of the Japanese kaiju type of movies and was primarily the only enormous monster that even remotely challenged Toho’s Godzilla in terms of box office success.
Gamera would go on to appear in seven sequels during the 1960s and 1970s. Just like his atomic cousin, Gamera would introduce his own cast of kaiju villains and extraterrestrial species.
When the film Gamera was featured in numerous episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 in the 1990s, many people in the United States saw it for the first time. This was their sole introduction to the film.
The relaunch of Gamera was done by Shusuke Kaneko in 1995 with the movie Gamera: Guardian of the Universe, which was followed by two sequels, would place the character on the map to a larger degree than many of the sequels that were done in the 1970s.
The success of these movies even made it possible for Toho to employ him to direct his very own Godzilla movie (2001’s Godzilla, Mothra, and King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack, which was Toho’s own radical reimagining of the kaiju genre).
Gamera Back in 2006, it was announced that The Brave would be the last installment in the Gamera franchise, and he has been dormant ever since, until now.
Kadokawa said on Thursday that it will produce a new installment in the Gamera franchise. The work will be available worldwide on Netflix. However, Kadokawa’s anime YouTube channel is airing a teaser video for the new work.
The project will feature a display of scale figures at the Tamashii Nation 2022 event, which will occur from Friday to Sunday. The project’s images will also be displayed on the Shibuya Super Board of the Tky Tyoko train line in Tokyo and the Umeda Bigman billboard in Osaka.