Godzilla: King of the Monsters in 3D
History[edit | edit source]
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. Dekker was not a Godzilla fan, finding the original films to be "cheesy," stating, "He (Miner) did not want to make a cheesy film, and I wasn't interested in just special effects and knocking buildings down. The first thing I said to Steve was, 'If all this movie is about is this big monster destroying buildings, we're screwed.'" Dekker took influences from James Bond and Steven Spielberg films, and wanted to write an action adventure with an Irwin Allen quality that would have been interesting even without Godzilla in it. 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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Gallery[edit | edit source]
William Stout with a Godzilla concept statue and a figure of the KingGoji
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Had Godzilla: King of the Monsters in 3D been made, the same team of creators envisioned a spinoff involving Rodan. 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.
- This film, TriStar Pictures' original vision for an American Godzilla film, and their cancelled sequel to the 1998 film were not made due to budget issues, although multiple factors led to the demise of the 1998 film's sequel.
- The American missile satellite featured in Godzilla King of the Monsters 3-D is similar to the Soviet Nuclear Attack Satellite in The Return of Godzilla. Both weapons were likely inspired by the Strategic Defense Initiative program, a proposed American missile defense system that would have included weaponized satellites capable of firing lasers and missiles.
- Despite this project's cancellation, artist William Stout would contribute to an official Godzilla project nearly two decades later, writing the teleplay for the Godzilla: The Series episode "Where is Thy Sting?"
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Notes[edit | edit source]
- The project is commonly known as Godzilla: King of the Monsters in 3D. However, the cover of the film's script reads "GODZILLA KING OF THE MONSTERS" in 3D, with "in 3D" outside of quotes.
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Bibliography[edit | edit source]
- Ryfle, Steve (1 April 1998). Japan's Favorite Mon-Star: The Unauthorized Biography of "The Big G". ECW Press. ISBN 1550223488.
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