Godzilla 2000: Millennium (ゴジラ2000 ミレニアム, Gojira Nisen: Mireniamu) is a 1999 Japanese science fiction kaiju film featuring Godzilla, produced and distributed by Toho. The film is directed by Takao Okawara, written by Hiroshi Kashiwabara and Wataru Mimura, and stars Takehiro Murata, Hiroshi Abe, Naomi Nishida, Mayu Suzuki and Shiro Sano. It is the 24th film in the Godzilla franchise, the 23rd Godzilla film produced by Toho, the first film in the Millennium series, and Toho's second reboot of the Godzilla franchise. The film was released on December 11, 1999. Sony Pictures' TriStar division released the film's English-dubbed version in the United States and Canada in August 2000 as Godzilla 2000, but the film eventually became a box office disappointment for Sony. The film, along with the other films in the Millennium series, ignores continuity established by any previous films and also follows the original 1954 film.