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Via Sanspo, director Takashi Yamazaki has shared that he's always wanted to work on a Godzilla film and revealed that after experiencing his first with Godzilla Minus One, he's hopeful to do another. "I had always wanted to create a Godzilla work, so the moment [is] a 50-year dream came true... But I feel lonely... I playfully but earnestly hope I can make about one more," he said.
After the success of Godzilla Minus One, a sequel seems likelier than ever. Yamazaki has long been a renowned director in Japan with Always: Sunset on Third Street and the Stand by Me Doraemon duology to his name -- the latter of which was the sixth highest-grossing animated film worldwide in 2020, but has achieved new international acclaim with his latest film. Yamazaki has voiced his desire to direct Godzilla as far back as Always: Sunset on Third Street 2, and finally made good on his promise with the Japanese release of Godzilla Minus One in November. Many say the film is the best in the entire franchise, breaking the record for the biggest domestic opening in the United States from a foreign movie and debuting with a perfect Rotten Tomatoes score.
Star Wars Is Another Desire for Yamazaki
While the ending of Godzilla Minus One leaves the opportunity for a sequel open, Yamazaki has already outlined what he hopes happens next in his career. After achieving his lifelong dream of directing a Godzilla film, the director shared that it was Star Wars that originally got him into filmmaking. "I watched Star Wars, and that's how I ended up being a filmmaker," he said. "I'm really hoping I will get a call and they [Lucasfilm] will bring me on Star Wars."
Godzilla Minus One was released on Dec. 1, 2023, in the United States. Toho distributes the film and teases it with a short: "GODZILLA MINUS ONE. On December 1, a new reign begins."