As I recall, Roland Emmerich’s 1998 Hollywood version of “Godzilla” made plenty of dough, but it suffered heavily from bad critical reviews and fan backlash, and the misguided consensus was that the film was a flop. It wasn’t, actually. The film was made for $130 million, and grossed over $379 million worldwide. Even if you added in a hefty advertising cost in 1998 dollars, the film would still come out on top. Someone apparently has looked at the box office numbers, which may explain why a sequel to Emmerich’s “Godzilla” is now being given new life over at Legendary Pictures.
According to Bloody-Disgusting, Legendary Pictures (“300”) is keen to do a sequel to Emmerich’s Hollywood-ized version of the iconic Japanese monster that starred Matthew Broderick and featured a Godzilla that didn’t really look like Godzilla, which may have been why fans of the building-flattening monster balked in the first place.
Also according to BD, Emmerich has publicly stated that he has no interests in doing a sequel, probably because he has figured out other, more fun ways to destroy the planet besides watching a giant, slow-moving reptile do the deed.
Besides Emmerich and partner Dean Devlin, 1998’s “Godzilla” also featured a script from the writing duo Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, who would go on to write “The Mask of Zorro”, “Shrek”, and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, among many others.