Godzilla: The Official Movie Novelization
- This page is about the novelization of Legendary Pictures' Godzilla. For the novelizations of TriStar Pictures' GODZILLA, see GODZILLA (HarperPrism novelization) and GODZILLA (Scholastic novelization).
A powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless.
Differences from the film
- In an extended opening, the USS Nautilus surfaces at Bikini Atoll, its arrival reminding islanders of a sea monster.
- Ishiro Serizawa and Vivienne Graham visit irradiated survivors of the Universal Western Mining collapse. Footage from this scene appears on Godzilla's DVD and Blu-ray bonus features.
- Ford Brody meets Elle and Sam at Travis Air Force Base after returning from his tour of duty. Sam is shy around him at first. A photo of this scene was available on the promotional site MUTOResearch.net, and footage is present in the film's b-roll.
- Ford talks to a customs official at Narita Airport on his way to post Joe Brody's bail. A photo of this scene appears in the book Godzilla: The Art of Destruction, with the official played by prolific kaiju actor Akira Takarada.
- Ford watches an old movie where "giant prehistoric creatures [battle] each other amidst balsa-wood sets" at Joe's apartment.
- The male MUTO's influence causes electronics and lights to turn on throughout Janjira, starting while Ford and Joe are exploring their former home.
- Monarch is studying the male MUTO to determine how it can convert radiation into energy.
- When the male MUTO tears apart the Monarch containment facility, Joe saves Ford's life by warning him of a falling crane. Unfortunately, it knocks over the gantry where he was standing, mortally wounding him.
- Sam is dismayed to wake up and find that Ford has already left for Japan.
- Serizawa says "Godzilla" instead of "Gojira" when introducing the monster to Ford. His third-person narration explains that "[t]he name was derived from a legend of the islands: a mythical king of monsters known as Gojira."
- The crew of the USS Saratoga gives Joe a burial at sea.
- The damaged inflicted by the female MUTO to the Las Vegas Strip is described in detail, including the replica of the Statue of Liberty. A shot of the Statue appears in the film's main trailer.
- A oblivious married couple clink champagne glasses as Godzilla closes in on Honolulu. This moment was present in the footage Warner Bros. screened at WonderCon 2014.
- Godzilla uses his atomic breath against the male MUTO during their first battle in Honolulu.
- Elle's call with an airline representative takes place after the female MUTO attacks Las Vegas, instead of after the male MUTO leaves Janjira.
- During their flight to Lone Pine, California, Ford talks to the doomed Sergeant Morales, who reveals that he and his wife are expecting a baby daughter in a week.
- Citizens stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic gape as Ford's train loaded with ICBMs speeds towards San Francisco. A girl holding a teddy bear catches his eye.
- The ICBMs the military plan to use against the MUTOs are said to each have a yield of 300 kilotons of TNT. In the film, their yield was mentioned to be in the megaton range.
- Admiral Stenz reveals to Serizawa that his father served aboard the USS Indianapolis when it was transporting parts for the atomic bomb which destroyed Hiroshima.
- Ford feels "the thrum of high-tech sonic weapons" as the U.S. military battles the female MUTO in the distance.
- As they approach a tunnel, an EMP emitted by the female MUTO buffets Ford and his fellow soldiers. Footage of this moment appears in the film's b-roll.
- After recovering from the female MUTO's attack on the train, Ford notices the remains of one of the cars caught in traffic earlier, as well as a teddy bear.
- Sam is nearly trampled during the evacuation of San Francisco after he follows some soldiers, looking for his father.
- A squadron of F-35s attack Godzilla after he smashes through the Golden Gate Bridge and approaches Alcatraz. Their attacks injure him somewhat. This battle appears in some merchandise for the film.
- The meeting between the two MUTOs is omitted.
- Ford briefly reunites with Sam at the Oakland Coliseum before leaving to assist the military's efforts to disarm the ICBM abducted by the male MUTO. As promised, he gives Sam a toy Navy soldier he found in his old Janjira bedroom.
- Before he leaves for the HALO jump, Serizawa hands Ford a photo of him and his parents and tells him his father would be proud.
- An EMP from the male MUTO prevents Godzilla from firing a second blast of atomic breath to finish off the female. Godzilla's signature weapon is described as having a bioelectric component.
- The same EMP breaks all of the soldiers' flashlights, interrupting Ford's efforts to disarm the ICBM while inside the MUTO nest.
- Godzilla kills the male MUTO by ripping off one of his wings, then tackling him into a building.
- The female MUTO spares Ford after he destroys her nest because she notices the ICBM on the move, not because of Godzilla's intervention.
- After firing his atomic breath at her, Godzilla beheads the female MUTO "with a single swing of his arm."
- Godzilla and Serizawa briefly lock eyes before Godzilla wades back into San Francisco Bay.
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- In June 2014, Godzilla: The Official Movie Novelization placed 18th on the New York Times Best Sellers list for mass-market fiction in paperback.
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