The first animated entry into the Japanese Godzilla canon is going buck wild, it seems. We already had hints that it wasn’t just going to be your standard kaiju movie thanks to the out-of-this-world concept art, but a newly revealed synopsis teases just how out there the movie is going to get.
The new synopsis, as well as the extended name for the movie—Godzilla: Monster Planet—reveal that the film will be set on (and off) an Earth where Godzilla and army of Kaiju took over the planet at the end of the 20th century, forcing humanity to find a new home in the stars. According to a (very) roughly translated version of the synopsis, things don’t go too well for humankind from there:
The emergence of gigantic monsters “kaiju” and the ultimate creation that can even destroy the kaijus, Godzilla. After half-century of the war against the kaijus, the human race repeatedly defeated and decided to escape from the Earth. Then finally in the year 2048, only people who were chosen by the artificial intelligence under the control of the central government went on board the interstellar immigrant ship Aratrum and left for the “Cetus: Planet Tau E”, 11.9 light years away from the earth. But the environmental condition difference between the earth and Tau E, which took 20 years to reach, was far exceeded the predicted value, and there was no way to survive for the human race.
The movie will follow a young man named Haruo, who wants revenge against Godzilla for killing his parents back on Earth, as he joins the attempt made by the remnants of humanity to head back to Earth and take it back from Godzilla and his Kaiju hordes. Except they discover that the return trip has taken them 20, 000 years—so the Earth they come back to isn’t just wildly overgrown, it’s turned into a monster-laden ecosystem where Godzilla rules the roost from the top of the food chain.
Suddenly that “Monster Planet” subtitle becomes much more obvious, doesn’t it? Still, it’s really cool to see Toho really push the boat out to do something wild with Godzilla’s first major foray into animation in Japan. You probably wouldn’t see a live-action Godzilla with a premise as out there as this one!
Godzilla: Monster Planet will release theatrically in Japan this November, and come worldwide later this year on Netflix.