List of unmade giant monster films

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The following is a list of unmade kaiju projects, divided by the companies that intended to produce them and listed in chronological order.

Note: This list may not be complete due to projects becoming very obscure or never being fully revealed to the public.

Toho projects[edit | edit source]

Films[edit | edit source]

Television series[edit | edit source]

Daiei / Kadokawa projects[edit | edit source]

Tsuburaya Productions projects[edit | edit source]

Films[edit | edit source]

  • Ultraman: Operation Giant (1967)
  • Ultraman: Hero from the Stars (1978)
  • Ultraman: The Jupiter Effect (1978)
  • Ultra Q film revival (1980s, Shusuke Kaneko)
  • Yellow Eyes (2004, became Ultraman: The Next)
  • Ultraman 2: Requiem (2005)
  • Ultraman Mebius and the Ultra Brothers 2 (2007-2008)[52][53][54]
  • Koseidon (Chinese remake of 1978 tokusatsu film, 2015-2017)

Television series[edit | edit source]

  • Unbalance (1965, became Ultra Q)
  • WoO (1966, later inspired 2006's Bio Planet WoO)[55]
  • Scientific Special Search Party: Bemular (1966)
  • Redman (1966, became Ultraman)
  • Ultra Eye (1967, became Ultraseven)
  • Ultra Garrison (1967, became Ultraseven)
  • Untitled Ultraman sequel (1969-1970, became Return of Ultraman)
  • Jumbo A (1969-1970, reworked into Jumborg Ace)
  • Mirror Red (1972-1973, sequel to Mirrorman)
  • Gigantic Beast Planet (1974, became Dinosaur Expedition Team Born Free)
  • Garla (1976 adaptation of Go Nagai mecha manga)
  • Ultraman Melos (1976-1977, became Andro Melos)
  • Ultraman USA (1986-1988, TV version of Hanna-Barbara animated miniseries)
  • Untitled Ultraman 80 adaptation by Adam West (1984-1988)
  • Untitled Ultraman Great sequel (1992-1994)
  • Gridman Sigma (1994)
  • Ultraman Neo (1995, became Ultraman Neos)
  • Ultraman Cross (2004, became Ultraman Nexus)
  • Return of Izenborg (2014-2016, Saudi Arabia-funded TV remake, later reworked into a short film)

Toei projects[edit | edit source]

  • Daitetsujin 17 vs. J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai (1977, reworked into J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai vs. Gorenger)
  • Devil-Manta (1978)
  • Kongorilla (1977-1978)
  • Mortal (1980)
  • Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue: The Movie (1999-2001, unmade Japanese-U.S. co-production)
  • Mazinger Z: The Movie (2000, live action U.S.-Japanese co-production by James Cameron) [56]
  • Getter Robo (2004, live action U.S.-Japanese co-produced film by Universal)
  • Dino Mech Gaiking (2009-2016, U.S.-Japanese co-produced adaptation of the 1976 anime by Valhalla Entertainment)
  • Rebellions (2011)[57][58][59]
  • UFO Robo Grendizer (2013-2015, Russian-Japanese co-production)

Nikkatsu projects[edit | edit source]

King Kong and related projects[edit | edit source]

  • The Beast (1932, first draft version of King Kong)[61]
  • The New Adventures of King Kong (1934)[61]
  • King Kong vs. Frankenstein / King Kong vs. Prometheus[61]
  • The Eighth Wonder (1952)[61]
  • Space Kong (1969)[61]
  • King Kong (1966-1971, Hammer Films-planned production)[62]
  • King Kong (1975, Roger Corman-planned production)[61]
  • The Legend of King Kong (1976, remake of the original King Kong by Universal Pictures)[61]
  • The Illegitimate Son of You Know Who (1976)[61]
  • Daughter of King Kong (1976-1986)[61]
  • King Kong in Africa (1976-1985)[61]
  • King Kong in Moscow (1976-1985)[61]
  • Bionic Kong / Bionic Kong! King Kong in Moscow (1976-1985)[61]
  • King Kong vs. Orca (1976-1980)[61]
  • Mighty Joe Young (1980s, TV movie)[61]
  • The Return of Mighty Joe Young (1984, TV movie)[61]
  • King Kong (1990, John Landis-planned production)[61]
  • King Kong (Peter Jackson's original 1996 version)[61]
  • The Legend of King Kong (1999-2000, second attempt)[61]

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

  • U.S. The King Kong Show comic book series (1966)
  • The Return of King Kong (late 1960s, planned comic book series)
  • Space Kong (1969, planned comic book series)
  • Kid Kong (1987, animated series)
  • King Kong: Skull Island (2017, TV series)

Willis O'Brien projects[edit | edit source]

  • Atlantis (1927, intended as the follow-up to The Lost World (1925))
  • Creation (1930, unfinished)
  • Baboon: A Tale of the Yeti
  • The War Eagles
  • Gwangi (became The Valley of Gwangi)
  • Umbah
  • Last of the Labyrinthodons
  • Emilio and Guloso (1950s)
  • Valley of the Mists
  • The Last of the Oso Si-Papu
  • The Vines of Ceres (1950)
  • The Bubbles (1960-1962)
  • The Leviathan

Other unmade giant monster films[edit | edit source]

  • Lost Island (1934, unfinished)[63]
  • The Las Vegas Monster (1957)[64]
  • Behemoth the Sea Monster (1957, original version of The Giant Behemoth)
  • Even and the Dragon (1958)[65]
  • Aladdin and the Giant (1959)[66]
  • Giganturo (1950s-1960s)
  • The Demon from Dimension X (1960s, Paul Frees)
  • Kuru Island (1961, became Gorgo)
  • Breakout of the Loch Ness Monster (1963)
  • Hell Spawn (1960s-1970s)
  • Centauri III (1970-1973, Jim Danforth)
  • G.O.O. - Genetic Octopodular Ooze (1971)
  • Zeppelin v Pterodactyls (1971, Hammer Films)[67]
  • The Devil Garon (1971-1972, based on the 1959 Osamu Tezuka manga)
  • Jewellers (1972-2010, Yoshimitsu Banno)
  • Dune (1973-1976, Alejandro Jodorowsky)
  • Kali, Devil Bride of Dracula a.k.a. Dracula and the Blood Lust of Kali (1974, Hammer Films, planned but unmade sequel to The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974))[68]
  • The Birth of Monster Nesugon (1973-1978)[69]
  • Baby Kong (1976, Mario Bava)[70]
  • The Mighty Gorga (1976, re-release version)
  • Thongor in the Valley of Demons (1976-1982)[71]
  • Yeti (1976-1977, Dino de Laurentiis)[72]
  • Tentacles (1977, Arthur C. Clark)
  • War of the Insect Gods (1978-1979)[73]
  • When the Earth Cracked Open (late 1970s, Hammer Films)
  • Devilfish (late 1970s, Bert I. Gordon)
  • Snails (1979)[74][75]
  • Cry of Cthulhu (1979)
  • Dinosaur Girl (late 1970s)
  • Timegate (1979, reworked into The Day Time Ended)
  • Star Godzilla (1980, unauthorized Hong Kong production)
  • Ghost Smashers (1981-1984, became Ghostbusters)
  • Monstrosaurus (1982)
  • The Grid (1982)
  • Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (mid-1980s, Jim Wynorski, planned but unmade remake of Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958))[76][77]
  • Mobile Suit Gundam (1983-1984, Hollywood / U.S. adaptation of the 1979 anime series)
  • Zoo-Ship (1985)
  • It Ate Cleveland (1985-1988, a.k.a. Godzilla vs. Cleveland)[78][79][80]
  • Apartment Living (1987, George A. Romero)[81]
  • Mutant Spawn 2000 (1987, became Creepozoids)
  • The Dirty Filthy Slime (1988)
  • Fiends (1988, Charles Band)
  • Creepozoids 2 (1988, Charles Band)
  • West of Kashmir: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure! (1989)
  • Bloodless (1989, Charles Band)
  • Tetsujin 28-Go (1990, eventually evolved into Tetsujin 28-Go (2005)) [82]
  • The Iron Man (1991-1996, eventually evolved into The Iron Giant)[83]
  • Dinosaurs Attack! (early 1990s, Tim Burton)
  • Ssslither (1990s)
  • Ghostbusters: Hellbent, a.k.a. Ghostbusters 3: Hellbent (1990s)[84]
  • Tor (1991)
  • Giant Robo: Siege of Babel (1992-1998, OVA miniseries)
  • The Hawkline Monster (1993, Tim Burton)
  • Gigantor (1994-1995, U.S. film adaptation of Tetsujin 28-Go)
  • Battle Jox (1994)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4: The Next Mutation (1994-1996, became the TV series Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation)
  • The X from Outer Space - GUILALA - (1995, planned but unmade remake of The X from Outer Space)[69]
  • Funnelweb (1996)
  • Omnivore (1996-1997)
  • Insectosaur (1997)
  • Subterranean (1997)
  • Extinct (1997)
  • Really Big Bugs (1997)
  • Bed Bugs (1997)
  • Tom Slick: Monster Hunter (1998)
  • Goosebumps (1998, Tim Burton)
  • I Was a Teenage King Kong (1998, Germany)
  • Blue Planet (1998-2002, Rainbow Studios)
  • Razorfish (early 2000s)
  • Conqueror Worm (2000)
  • Reptilicus 2 (2001, planned but unmade sequel to Reptilicus (1961))
  • Ogopogo (2001)
  • Yonggary 2 (2001, planned but unmade sequel to Yonggary (1999))[85]
  • Gi-Ants (2002)
  • Robotech (2002-2020, unauthorized live action adaptation of Super Dimension Fortress Macross)
  • Attack of the Giant Gull (2002, Canada)
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion (2003-2006 and 2013-2015, live action film adaptation)[86]
  • Titans (2003)
  • It Waits Below (2004)
  • Untitled Megas XLR TV movie (2004-2006)
  • Giant Robo (2004-2006, planned but unmade remake of the 1967 manga and tokusatsu TV series of the same name by Akio Jissoji)[87][88]
  • Kongula, Ape Giant of Terror (2005, Germany)
  • Big Bird (2005, Thailand)
  • Fire from Above (2006)
  • Deadly Waters (2006)
  • Robot Taekwon V (2006-2017)
  • At the Mountains of Madness (2006-2014)
  • Project Ultraman a.k.a. Ultraman Millennium (2006, unauthorized Thailand production)[89]
  • Calling All Robots (2007-2012)
  • Killmeleon (2008)[90]
  • Tetsujin 28-Go (2008-2009, Imagi Animation Studios)
  • Mortis Rex (2008-2015)
  • Battletech (2008-2010)
  • The Blob (2009, Rob Zombie)
  • Big Man Japan (2011, Hollywood / U.S. remake)[91]
  • Attack on Titan (2011-2012, Tetsuya Nakashima)
  • Shogun Warriors (2010s, Mecha Cinematic Universe attempt) [92]
  • Rampage (2011 attempt, based on the 1986 arcade game; later released in 2018 as Rampage)
  • Gigantor (2011, unauthorized remake of Tetsujin 28-Go)
  • Hellyfish (2012, original feature length film version)[93]
  • Dinosaurs vs. Aliens (2012; however, a graphic novel based on the script was published)
  • Monster Roll (2012; however, a promotional short film was made)[94]
  • Evala, the Land Mine Daikaiju (2014; however, a "pilot film" was made)[95][96]
  • Will Smith's Ultraman (2013-2015, unauthorized Thailand-U.S. co-production)[97]
  • Jumbo A vs. Ninja Panda (2013-2015, unauthorized Thailand-U.S. co-production)
  • Monster League, a.k.a. Oldzilla (2015)[98]
  • Kong, the Origin (2016)[99]
  • Condor (2010; however, a promotional video was made)[100][101]
  • Fish War[102]
  • Monsterpocalypse (board game adaptation)[103]
  • The Leviathan (unmade Neil Blomkamp-produced sci-fi monster film)[104]
  • Dino-Warp
  • Dragonriders
  • Zoo World
  • Crackodile

Miscellaneous projects[edit | edit source]

  • Stop! (1960s, television series)
  • Jaguarman (1967, unsold P-Productions television pilot)[105]
  • Hyouman, a.k.a. Leopard Man (1967, unsold television pilot)
  • Genocide: War of the Insects (1968, original cut)[citation needed]
  • The Space Giants (1980-1994, unauthorized comic book adaptation of Ambassador Magma)
  • Giant Robo (planned but unmade anime remake of the 1967 manga and tokusatsu TV series of the same name, reworked into Giant Robo: The Day the Earth Stood Still)
  • Rodan (1991, NES video game)
  • Godzilla and the Lost Continent (late 1990s, Random House Books, would have been the fifth and final novel of Marc Cerasini's Godzilla novel series for teens and young adults)
  • Godzilla vs. the Terminator (1990s, Dark Horse Comics)
  • New Golden Bat, also known as The Golden Bat: Millennium Version (2000s, unsold anime pilot)
  • Giant Robo (2004-2005, anime pilot reworked into GR: Giant Robo)
  • They Came from Hollywood (2006-2008, video game)
  • Godzilla vs. Cthulhu (2010, IDW Publishing)
  • Creature at Bay (2013, Syfy television series / pilot script)[106]

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