U.S.-Japan Collaboration: Godzilla

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U.S.-Japan Collaboration: Godzilla
U.S.-Japan Collaboration: Godzilla
Alternate titles Godzilla vs. Gargantua
Planned 1978
Concept history U.S.-Japan Collaboration: GodzillaKing of Monsters: Resurrection of Godzilla
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U.S.-Japan Collaboration: Godzilla is an unmade 1978 Godzilla film.


The film's plot is unknown.


U.S.-Japan Collaboration: Godzilla is one of the ideas proposed during the late 1970's and early 1980's when no new Godzilla films were produced. The idea was promoted by UPA Productions' chief Henry G. Saperstein, who has been famous for his involvement in the creation of Frankenstein vs. Baragon, Invasion of Astro-Monster, and The War of the Gargantuas. The "Godzilla's American Cousin" article by Stuart Galbraith IV in FILMFAX #45 mentions "a live action film that would have pitted Godzilla against a Gargantua" and an animated Godzilla movie as among "several projects" which Toho and Saperstein tried putting together.[1]

Saperstein's friend, Reuben Bercovitch was to pen a treatment of the tale and the budget for the production had been set at $6 million, which was a very high amount of money for a Godzilla film at the time.[2]

Despite the American involvement, the concept never materialized past the planning stages and Godzilla's career hiatus continued.



  • Although Godzilla vs. Gargantua was never made, Godzilla did ultimately face off with Sanda and Gaira in the comic series Godzilla: Rulers of Earth in 2014. The 1985 book Definitive Edition Godzilla Introduction also featured an illustration titled "Dream Monster Showdown 2: Godzilla vs. Sanda and Gaira."
  • In 2020, Steven Sloss adapted Godzilla vs. Gargantua for the first episode of the fan audio drama series Godzilla Unmade.[3]


This is a list of references for U.S.-Japan Collaboration: Godzilla. These citations are used to identify the reliable sources on which this article is based. These references appear inside articles in the form of superscript numbers, which look like this: [1]

  1. Stuart Galbraith IV (June/July 1994). "Godzilla's American Cousin" — FILMFAX #45. p. 63. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. Edward Edelson (1980). "Great Animals of the Movies". p. 85.
  3. Godzilla Unmade #1: Godzilla vs. the Last Gargantua


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