Hollywood’s Version of Godzilla to Get a Sequel

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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.

Monster fans everywhere cried foul when 1998's Godzilla showed his unGodzilla-like face.

Monster fans everywhere cried foul when 1998's Godzilla showed his unGodzilla-like face.

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  • xericho

    awesome! i always hated the japanese version, it looks and acts like a silly old man. but oh well, they made godzilla so ill give them credit for that, but Zilla is more awesome.

    • Tye

      OMG i so totally agree with that…. Zilla is one of a kind (but you gotta give credit to the original. I mean, seriously, without Godzilla Zilla wouldnt be here today) and i think it looks a LOT better and expecially the cartoon Zilla jr in Godzilla the series in 2000 is the equivalent to the japanese Godzilla… defiantly another sequal is a good idea

    • Tye

      OMG i so totally agree with that…. Zilla is one of a kind (but you gotta give credit to the original. I mean, seriously, without Godzilla Zilla wouldnt be here today) and i think it looks a LOT better and expecially the cartoon Zilla jr in Godzilla the series in 2000 is the equivalent to the japanese Godzilla… defiantly another sequal is a good idea

  • xericho

    awesome! i always hated the japanese version, it looks and acts like a silly old man. but oh well, they made godzilla so ill give them credit for that, but Zilla is more awesome.

  • xericho

    awesome! i always hated the japanese version, it looks and acts like a silly old man. but oh well, they made godzilla so ill give them credit for that, but Zilla is more awesome.

    • Tye

      OMG i so totally agree with that…. Zilla is one of a kind (but you gotta give credit to the original. I mean, seriously, without Godzilla Zilla wouldnt be here today) and i think it looks a LOT better and expecially the cartoon Zilla jr in Godzilla the series in 2000 is the equivalent to the japanese Godzilla… defiantly another sequal is a good idea

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    I actually like the US version for contemporizing the monster. If they had made a giant CG version of the rubber suit it woulda looked kinda wierd. I like the dino-lizrd look, with it’s obvious homages. The animated series that followed wasn’t bad either and actuall brought the character closer to it’s Japanese predecessor with the only living offspring from the movi growing up to beable to breathe atomic fire, and fight. The show also had numerous mutant monsters to fight and explained where most of them came from.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    I actually like the US version for contemporizing the monster. If they had made a giant CG version of the rubber suit it woulda looked kinda wierd. I like the dino-lizrd look, with it’s obvious homages. The animated series that followed wasn’t bad either and actuall brought the character closer to it’s Japanese predecessor with the only living offspring from the movi growing up to beable to breathe atomic fire, and fight. The show also had numerous mutant monsters to fight and explained where most of them came from.

  • Dedpool

    I actually like the US version for contemporizing the monster. If they had made a giant CG version of the rubber suit it woulda looked kinda wierd. I like the dino-lizrd look, with it’s obvious homages. The animated series that followed wasn’t bad either and actuall brought the character closer to it’s Japanese predecessor with the only living offspring from the movi growing up to beable to breathe atomic fire, and fight. The show also had numerous mutant monsters to fight and explained where most of them came from.

  • http://www.wortvogel.de/ Torsten

    To be fair – Emmerich’s “Godzilla” had nothing to do with Elliott and Rossio’s script, which was chucked in favor of the abomination Emmerich and Devlin wrote themselves after they came on board.

  • http://www.wortvogel.de/ Torsten

    To be fair – Emmerich’s “Godzilla” had nothing to do with Elliott and Rossio’s script, which was chucked in favor of the abomination Emmerich and Devlin wrote themselves after they came on board.

  • http://www.wortvogel.de Torsten

    To be fair – Emmerich’s “Godzilla” had nothing to do with Elliott and Rossio’s script, which was chucked in favor of the abomination Emmerich and Devlin wrote themselves after they came on board.

  • whatever

    If you like the American Godzilla more than the real one, then you must also like the American Goku.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      NOPE!!! Not at all. Only thing they did right in that film was the Kamehameha effects. And yes I know he flew at Piccolo, and Goku never did that in the show but GOHAN did against Bojack in movie 7 I think it was.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      NOPE!!! Not at all. Only thing they did right in that film was the Kamehameha effects. And yes I know he flew at Piccolo, and Goku never did that in the show but GOHAN did against Bojack in movie 7 I think it was.