Godzilla: King of the Monsters 3-D
In 1983, Steve Miner proposed to make and direct an American Godzilla film, and Toho approved of the plan. Toho agreed to let Miner develop a conceptualization of his film and begin seeking for backing from Hollywood studios. Miner started by hiring Fred Dekker to write a screenplay and William Stout to develop concept sketches. Stout based his Godzilla design on a prototype developed and constructed by paleontologist Steve Czerkas and even made a teaser poster for the film, depicting Godzilla spitting atomic breath on the Golden Gate Bridge. Dave Stevens developed numerous storyboards based on the Godzilla designs.
Miner contacted some of the biggest names in Hollywood special effects at the time. Many of them were invited to a special screening of the original Japanese version of Godzilla. Rick Baker was contacted to develop an animatronic Godzilla head for close-up shots, and Jim Danforth was set to animate stop motion, with David Allen set to head the animation team. Bids were also requested from ILM and Dream Quest.
Miner also wanted to do this film in 3D. Although producers like Jon Peters and Keith Barish expressed interest in the film, Miner's projected budget of $30 million drove the studios away. The big Hollywood studios refused to spend so much money on what they considered a "children's film." By the end of 1984, Miner finally gave up trying to get the film into production. In the meantime, Toho had revived the franchise themselves by producing The Return of Godzilla, the first Godzilla film in nine years.
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William Stout with a Godzilla concept statue and a figure of the KingGoji
- If Godzilla King of the Monsters 3-D had been made, the same team of creators envisioned a spinoff called Rodan 3-D. According to William Stout, he was in line to direct the film.
- This film, the 1994 TriStar Godzilla film script and Legendary Pictures' Godzilla all take place in San Francisco to some extent.
- Both this film and TriStar Pictures' original vision for an American Godzilla film were not made due to budget issues.
- The American missile satellite featured in Godzilla King of the Monsters 3-D appears to have been used as the basis for the Soviet Nuclear Attack Satellite in The Return of Godzilla. Both weapons are likely inspired by the Strategic Defense Initiative program, a proposed American missile defence system that would have included weaponised satellites capable of firing lasers and missiles.
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