The Godzilla Movies That Never Got Made

The Godzilla Movies That Never Got Made

2020/06/25

Following Jurassic Park's record-breaking run in 1993, TriStar hoped to capitalize on "dino-mania" with the biggest prehistoric reptile of them all — Godzilla. TriStar had already secured the rights for $400,000 in 1992, and they'd hired Aladdin screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, as well as Dutch cinematographer turned director Jan de Bont, who'd just finished his directorial debut, Speed. According to Vulture, Godzilla was the hero of this new movie, not the villain (similar to the late Showa era films from 1954 to 1975). However, for the first time, Godzilla wasn't a prehistoric monster mutated by nuclear tests but a guardian created by an ancient race to protect Earth from an evil alien chimera called the Gryphon that assumes the features of its prey (a la The Thing). 



The Gryphon had the body of a big cat, the wings of a bat, and two snakes for tongues. Effects legend Stan Winston (pictured) was hired to design the monsters, while a crew was sent to the Oregon coast to construct a Japanese fishing village for the teaser. Footage was shot, but de Bont butted heads with the studio, demanding $130 million, twice Jurassic Park's budget. When Speed hit big, de Bont ditched Godzilla, and despite TriStar's efforts, this version was never salvaged. Jan de Bont's Twister was released in May 1996, so had that been Godzilla's spot, it would've competed for the summer crown against Independence Day, whose creators, Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, finally brought an American Godzilla to screens in 1998.
















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